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Friday, July 31, 2009

Earth Hour - save our EARTH from global warming


i.e. NEXT ONE WILL BE ON 30th Oct 09, FROM 8.30 PM TO 9.30 PM )

Earth Hour has been transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.
For the first time in history, people of all ages, nationalities, race and background have the opportunity to use their light switch as their vote – Switching off your lights is a vote for Earth, or leaving them on is a vote for global warming. WWF is urging the world to VOTE EARTH and reach the target of 1 billion votes, which will be presented to world leaders at the Global Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen 2009.
This meeting will determine official government policies to take action against global warming, which will replace the Kyoto Protocol. It is the chance for the people of the world to make their voice heard.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008 the message had grown into a global sustainability movement, with 50 million people switching off their lights.
In 2009, India joins Earth Hour for the first time. New Delhi and Mumbai are among 825 cities across 80 countries and territories that have pledged their support to VOTE EARTH during Earth Hour 2009. This number is growing everyday.

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Sri Sri Radha-Krsna's Jhulan ceremony from 1st August

[Every year there is a five day festival all over Vrndavana called Jhulana-yatra, at which time the vijaya-vigraha (small) Deities of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna are swung by hundreds of thousands of Vrajabasis and others, in their various temples or homes, on a beautiful swing attached to long ropes. Srila Narayana Maharaja yearly leads this festival at Sri Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha and Sri Rupa Sanatana Gaudiya Matha, at which time he gives a short talk about the significance of this festival. This year, 2009, Sri Sri Radha-Krsna's Jhulan ceremony is on August 1st.]

In the month of Sravana (the rainy season), the clouds in the sky begin to make a thundering sound and extremely fine mist-like rain drizzles everywhere. The atmosphere is very beautiful and pleasant after the heat of the summer months, for at that time all the forests of Vrndavana begin to bloom. Many types of flowers on both sides of the Yamuna, such as beli, cameli, jui, and madhavi begin to bloom. The bumblebees look here and there and chant, "Radhe Radhe" and the cuckoos also call out, “Radhe Radhe.”

The peacocks and peahens all call out “Keka keka.” Ke means: “Which male person has the ability to do a very wonderful thing? Srimati Radhika’s maan (Her sulky mood of transcendental loving jealous anger), as well as Her shyness and patience, are like a very tall and immovable mountain. Which male person, ‘Ke,’ can crush that mountain into powder so that there is nothing left? This person is Sri Krsna.” Ka means: “Which female person can do a very wonderful thing? There is a powerful, mad elephant named Sri Krsna whom no one can control. One person, however, by the goad of Her maan, can catch that elephant, bring Him under Her control, and then bind Him in the shackle of Her prema. Who is that? It is Srimati Radhika.” In this way the peacocks and peahens glorify Srimati Radharani and Lord Krsna.

At the time of Sravana, everything becomes green. The summer was dry, but now the rain has come and everything has come to life again. All the young brides are taken at this time from their mother-in-laws’ homes by their brothers, and they return to their fathers’ home.

Srimati Radhika was still at Her in-laws’ home in Yavat, however, because Her brother, Sridama, had not come. Much time passed and finally he arrived there on the full moon day, with some clothing and ornaments to pacify Srimati Radhika’s mother-in-law, Jatila.

Seeing Her brother Srimati Radhika wept, “O My dear brother, why have you come so late? Only a few days remain of this Sravana month. Why did you come late? Did you forget Me?”

Srimati Radhika then very happily left Yavat and went to Varsana, Vrsabhanupura, with Her brother; and there She met together with all of Her sakhis, Her intimate friends, as they had also returned to their maternal homes at that time. It was a very beautiful meeting and reunion in the place of their childhood play.

The sakhis made a jhulana (swing) for Her. They always make the swing on a kadamba tree and not on a tamal tree. The significance of a kadamba tree is that it carries the complexion of Srimati Radhika and the tamal tree has a complexion of Sri Krsna. The tamal tree is not very powerful, but the kadamba tree is very strong and beautiful. This signifies the superiority of Srimati Radhika – She can control Lord Krsna by Her love.

jhula jhule radha damodara vrndavana men
kaisi cchayi hariyali ali kunjan men

["Radha-Damodara are swinging on the swing in Vrndavana. O friend, how very green the kunja is!" (Jhula Jhule Radha Damodara, verse 1)]

We sing this kirtana at the time of swinging Sri Sri Radha and Krsna. It describes how Lord Krsna has come and is waiting at the swing with folded palms for His beloved to come. Srimati Radhika is in maan, and Her sakhis try to persuade Her to come by saying, "Please give up your sulky mood and come at once to your beloved Krsna. He is waiting for You."

In this way we are observing Jhulana-yatra and remembering the sweet pastimes of Sri Sri Radha and Krsna.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Hard work, Honesty and devotion - key of success : Anurag Thakur

He is enthusiastic, dedicated, committed young M.P. political figure from Hamirpur Constituency, Himachal Pradesh. He became the youngest President of Himachal Pradesh State Cricket Association at the age of 25; youngest national selector at the age of 26 years in the year 2001 to select Indian Junior Cricket Team Yes, your guess is right he is Anurag Singh Thakur. He is the son of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal. He believes in hard work, honesty and devotion. Recently he spoke to Mr.S.S.Dogra - Managing Editor of Dwarka Parichay. Excerpts:

Q.What are the major draw backs of the state?
Non-Employment, Farmers having less agriculture land, lack of Industries are the major draw backs of Himachal Pradesh. These problems are still on the card after 62 years of independence. Although it got statehood recognition in 1971 but no attention was paid by the central Government.

Q. Whether your state is ignored by the Central Government?
Yes, of course, our state is being ignored by the Central Government since its inception. Even, we are providing water & electricity to few states yet we are not given sufficient fund for proper railways and air routes.

Q. Any achievement of the state, please explain.
Our state is on top position in the field of education, IT and lot tourism potential.
Recently, we have won prestigious “Golden Peacock Award” also. This shows that the state is progressing a lot.
Youth should come forward to reduce corruption and pollution .

Q. Which sectors may bring prosperity in the state?
Horticulture based Industry or I.T. Industry and even big investment on Tourism project may bring more prosperity in the state.

Q. Your previous achievement in cricket game.
I was the captain of U-16, U-19 of Punjab State team and North Zone team. I was the youngest President of Himachal Cricket Board Association at the age of 25 years only.

Q. Being the President of Himachal Cricket Board Association, what is special contribution for the cricket lovers?
We have started to work on a project of fifty crores rupees. In which twelve sports stadiums in every districts will be constructed, three stadium are already under construction. These stadium will have state of the art infrastructure for sports like basketball, volleyball, Wrestling, Weightlifting, Table Tennis, Tai Kwan do & Judo
etc. besides Cricket Ground. This development will automatically produce international sportsperson from the state.

Q.What are your priorities?
My first priority is to make our new generation more self dependent. I want to utilize the maximum natural resources, the degrading land can be used for herbal plantation, we are giving 80% subsidiary on Green houses, small scale industries to motivate the upcoming generation. H.P.M.C. products may be promoted in the railways, Govt. airlines, Hotels etc. In the lower part of the state, monkey destroy the fruit and crop production. We are very serious to stop it and sincere efforts with positive result will be seen very soon.

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The residents of the Antriksh Apartments, a newly allotted society organized an Introductory dinner and musical event for the kids to have the interaction/introduction amongst the members who have recently shifted to their flats or have taken the flats on rent.
This is an endeavor of the members of Society to bring the harmony, peaceful co-existence and brotherhood amongst the residents of this society. A need for interaction of residents in the society was felt to know each other, to share the problems and to find the solutions was the main objective, said Sh. Ved Pandey. This get-together in the society besides giving an evening off to the house wives but also provided an opportunity for above interaction. The musical and dance performance was done by the kids of the society. The residents of the society expressed their views/ suggestions for the betterment of the society and felt the need to spare no efforts to transform it into a model society and to make sincere efforts to stand united always which will further enhance the prestige & legacy of the Society.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


M. K. Gupta
The DDA is now misleading the applicants of its Housing Scheme 2008. The names of over 3200 applicants were not included in the housing draw which was held on 16th Dec. 2008, asserts Nimo Dhar, Director (PR) DDA. Reason, over 3200 applicants defaulted as either they submitted more than one application or did not submit copy of PAN Card etc.
Earlier, Dy. Director, EHS/LIG/MIG/SFS sent a letter dated 27th January, 2009 to the applicants stating “on scrutiny of data furnished in the application some doubts have been aroused about multiple application as the name of your spouse has matched with application No./ Form No.” ______ (form numbers were mentioned in the blank. The letter further directed the applicants to attend the DDA office along with indemnity bond and some other documents in original on or before 6.2.2009 for the verification the genuineness and eligibility for refund. Letter further states that in case of failure to attend the DDA, registration money will be forfeited.
That the DDA has concluded in advance that over 3200 applicants has submitted more than one application and debarred them from the draw about two month before the start of inquiry. Till date, the findings of this inquiry are not known to the public.
The aforesaid letter of the Deputy Director tried to also misled the applicants stating “Your name was included in the draw of lots held on 16.12.2008 and you have been declared unsuccessful” because now the Director has confirmed that their names were not included.
This is not the only example of misleading the applicants. Earlier, DDA misled the applicants on the issue of authenticity of software used in the draw. Informing M.K. Gupta on software, Mrs. Poonam Mathur, Director (System) said in her letter number 1011 dated 24.11.08 “The software is running successfully since many years and even checked by independent judges/ observers earlier many times including IT experts from IIT Delhi.” On the contrary, Ms. Veena Ish, Pr. Commr. (Systems) while answering about the “name of the independent agency from where the Software Program was tested” replied in her letter in letter No. 206 dated 27.2.2009 “no agency was involved for testing. The software was tested in-house.”
Now, how the DDA will compensate those applicants who have submitted only one application but were doubted of submitted more and their names were not included in the draw. Also, the question remains why the DDA has given wrong information initially on the inclusion of names in the draw and also about the authenticity of software. Central Information Commission will hear complaint of an applicant named M. K. Gupta against the contradictory information about software on 31st July, 2009.
M.K. Gupta offers for a public debate on the DDA Scam with DDA officials. He has taken up some other issues related to the scam disclosure of the internal inquiry report and alleged allotments of flats on an applicant named Hema Meena (form No. 229147 in 2006 and 894215 in 2008) in all the three previous schemes i.e. 2004, 2006 and 2008. On some of the issues, his appeals are pending before Central Information Commission.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Who will guard the guards?

Joginder Singh ji
(Former Director - CBI)

Corruption is a cancer that is so deep-rooted in our society that nothing gets done without greasing the palms of those in authority. Be it for some personal work or for the greater common good, bribes are openly given and received. The practice is no longer carried out ‘under the table’ and has become an acceptable form of financial transaction for any service rendered.

The CBI, through a series of raids carried out in the third week of this month on the top brass of the All-India Council for Technical Education in Hyderabad, Bhopal, Chennai and Delhi, has been able to expose the rot in the national regulator for technical educational institutes. A member secretary of the organisation has been arrested and a case has been registered against its chairman and some other officers.

In the first incident, the member secretary and a middleman were arrested after the latter had reportedly demanded Rs 20 lakh as bribe on behalf of the official for inspection and approval of a private engineering college in Hyderabad. The CBI says that the owner of the college had agreed to pay Rs 5 lakh as the first installment. Based on his complaint a trap was laid wherein the secretary and the middleman were arrested while accepting the bribe.

In the second incident, charges of cheating were framed against the chairman and three other AICTE officers under the Prevention of Corruption Act for allegedly demanding money to increase the intake of students of an engineering college in Faridabad. The college authorities had reportedly informed the chairman when his subordinates had demanded the bribe. Not only the AICTE did not take action against the errant officials, but also harassed the complainant into coughing up the money. This they did by deliberately delaying the issuance of the letter of approval for starting the college in 2007-08, and subsequently, by delaying the approval for the extension of the institute in 2008-09, and for the increase in the intake of students in 2008-09 and again in 2009-10.

In the third case, raids were carried out at the office and residence of the AICTE regional officer in Bhopal and also at another AICTE regional office in Chennai. The accused in this case reportedly facilitated the approval of a chain of engineering colleges in Bhopal. It is alleged that these institutes had got the approval by misrepresenting facts.

What has come to light is only the tip of the iceberg. On a personal note, my dentist told me that he had committed the biggest mistake of his life in starting a dental college. At every step he had to bribe the regulators, apart from a plethora of Government officials concerned with health education, transport, pollution and numerous other departments. He said that he had no option but to charge his students for the amount he had to pay by way of bribes.

The Medical Council of India, which is entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining certain standards in medical education and in the medical profession, had come under the scanner a few years ago when the Delhi High Court had asked its president to step down and had pulled up the Union Government for not having taken the appropriate measures to correct the alleged irregularities in the functioning of the regulator. A petitioner in the High Court had alleged that the MCI’s inspection norms had been bypassed in the case of some medical colleges and that the inspection reports about the infrastructure and the bed occupancy rates of hospitals attached to these colleges were fake.

Part of the problem of corruption in our education sector is that we have too many rules and regulations that are supposed to be complied with before one can start any educational institution. You can bypass all of these regulations if you are willing to pay a price.

I was told by a friend who wanted to start a deemed university that he was asked to pay Rs 8 crore to a politician to get the requisite approvals. Incidentally, the total number of private universities that were given deemed status by the University Grants Commission from 1947 to 2009 was 44. But between 2004 and 2009, the number was 49

The solution lies in dismantling the permit raj which exists in the name of inspections, sanctions and approvals that have become tools of extortion. It has become a common joke within the education sector that these days things are not just decided on a case to case basis, but on a ‘suitcase to suitcase’ basis as well.

A few raids by the CBI will hardly do anything to mitigate the problem of corruption. On the other hand, we have a legal system which is loaded in favour of the wrongdoers. Saying that the law will take its course is laughable as it is going to take nearly three centuries to dispose off the 32 million cases pending in our courts. It is time we liberalised our education sector. Policies should be enacted to open up the entire sector and conditions should be created for a levelled playing field. At the same time we need to simplify our legal system so that the wrongdoers get their just desserts.

Latest updates: Draw of lots of societies Flats

Ved Pandey
A delegation of the members of 29 newly allotted societies in Dwarka met the Hon'ble Chief Minister on 24th July, 2009 to show their gratitude for taking her personal interest to solve the much complicated issues of the Group Housing Societies in Dwarka due to which the draw of lots of these flats were withheld for last 4 years. Thousands of the affected members had been waiting for their flats and the dream materialized when the hon’ble high court gave the relief to the members and subsequently the Delhi Government came forward for the rescue of the affected families on the personal intervention of the Hon’ble chief minister. There are about 48 societies which were not in CBI investigation and about 57 societies which are currently under CBI scanner; the government has given one time exemption to all the members who were enrolled in violation of Rule 24(2).
The delegation comprising of members from different societies namely Sh. Ved Pandey of Antriksh Apartment, Mr. Gaur of Vishwas Apartment, Mr. T.S. Raju of Gandhi Ashram, Dr. Rajneesh Gupta of Great Loyalopor, Mr. Anjeeni Kumar of Joy Apartments, Mr. Sodhi of Bharat Petroleum and Mr. R.K. Goel of Gold Croft etc who had been meeting the CM for last 2 years many times, offered a bouquet to her and also apprised her of the problems being faced by those affected members whose societies are under CBI scanner. The Hon’ble CM told that they are doing the needful for them also and necessary policies /guidelines are being framed for the early allotment of the flats.


M K Gupta
The ways of DDA are unique. From the registrants of DDA Housing Scheme, 2008, it has deducted Rs 5000 from the registration money of some applicants and is not informing the reason thereof. One such victim, Mr. Amit Gupta (Form No. 229652) asked by filing RTI application on 16.5.009 about the reason on of deducting Rs 5,000, not giving interest on registration money in terms of the scheme and status of the inquiry about doubtful cases of submitting multiple applications. It is learnt that according to the findings of the inquiry, 1700 applicants have been found innocent i.e. they have submitted only one application. On not getting any response, Amit sent complaint to the Central Information Commission on 10.7.09.

Amit and a whistle-blower on the DDA Scam, M.K. Gupta two sent separate RTI applications to the Reserve Bank on 11.5.09 asking about the amount of refund to be sent to the applicants by the DDA to the ICICI Bank, they submitted their applications in that Bank. These applications were submitted to the RBI, as the RTI Act is not applicable to ICICI Bank but instead of taking this information from the Bank and supplying the same to the applicants as per RTI Act, RBI replied that the information is not available with it. Both have now filed first appeals with the RBI for getting this information.

Undersigned challenges the DDA for a public debate on the alleged DDA Scam. He has taken up some other issues related to the scam like contradictory information on the authenticity of software by the DDA, non-inclusion of names of about 1700 applicants found innocent in the inquiry about multiple applications, disclosure of the internal inquiry report and alleged allotments of flats on an applicant named Hema Meena (form No. 229147 in 2006 and 894215 in 2008) in all the three subsequent schemes i.e. 2004, 2006 and 2008.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Even Doctors are not safe in Dwarka

The sub-city has become unsafe place for the resident as well as to the doctors. Theft happened at Vasundhara eye clinic situated at Ramphal chowk (B-221, near Hero Honda showroom) sector 7, Dwarka is the burning example of it.

According to Dr. Anjali Mehta, on the night of July 16th , some miscreants broke into the clinic and stole some equipment. They also went to the landlord’s flat upstairs and stole some valuables. The estimated cost of the damage was just under a lac of rupees (75-80,000). The route of entry used by them was by breaking the stone wall of the clinic from behind, cutting the grill and removing the hinges of the back door. It therefore seems to be the work of experienced people who had cutting tools and also a knowledge of the layout of the clinic. Since there was a significant amount of breaking down which was done and would definitely have generated some noise, the crime was fairly daring.

An FIR has been lodged at the Palam Vihar Police station. It is hoped that the culprits can be identified. It is a matter of sorrow that these miscreants have targeted a doctor’s clinic. Professionals who spend their waking hours tending to the needs of the community and work hard to earn their income feel very frustrated when acts like this occur.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Basic amenities are missing in Raj Nagar

I am a resident of Raj Nagar-2 p-block, near sector 8 mother dairy booth. At first i would like to say that after the MLA's & MP's of this area have been elected none of them has put up their office address on any board anywhere in this area. On Internet also there is no info regarding them. Secondly, i want to draw your kind attention towards the deteriorating condition of the main road where big institutions like medical council of India , old age home & malaria research center, cghs dispensary(Rajnagar) are located. I think that being such responsible instituions they must contribute towards the area where they are at present. Although, maintenance of the buildings are good, no doubt & road has been made in front of the building but what about the location & the condition of the people living in the locality. I think that people coming here could not even believe that the condition of the area would be so-so bad. No roads,dust & dirt all around, no footpath, no greenery nothing (no tree planted by dda or mcd),s treet lights which do not work. All the basic amenities required are missing. Even the residents of dwarka sector 8 have got tired after giving complaints to various officials & newspapers. Please see the given link :-- you can check status of my complaint on public grievances commission govt. Of nct of Delhi website by giving following complaint number :- pgc/2009/180/264 i hope you would look into the matter since, it's the area where many a times media (national newspapers,news channels etc) visits but none of them cover the story regarding problems faced by all of us. Since your team works hard that's why through your medium i would like you to solve our problems else we will keep living in hell. Since Dwarka Forum provides a platform for not just the residents of dwarka but also for the residents of the area in the close vicinity of dwarka. Looking forward for your quick & satisfactory response.
Mohit Gupta

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Ambedkar University in Dwarka, Delhi

Bharat Ratna Dr B.R. Ambedkar Vishwavidyalaya, Delhi (Ambedkar University, Delhi or AUD for short) was established by the Government of the NCT of Delhi through an Act of Legislature. The University began functioning in August 2008. The Act mandates the University to focus on teaching and research in the Social Sciences and the Humanities. AUD is a unitary university which locates its postgraduate and undergraduate programmes as well as research on its own campus.

Drawing inspiration from the life and the ideas of Dr B.R. Ambedkar, we hope to develop this University as a unique institution engaged with its students and society and dedicated to innovative and meaningful ways of teaching, learning and generating knowledge contributing to the cause of equality and social justice and the promotion of excellence..

The Ambedkar University, Delhi announces admissions for 2009-2010 to the following M.A. programmes:
M.A. Development Studies
M.A. Environment and Development
M.A. Psychosocial Clinical Studies

For further information about the University, contact:
Ambedkar University, Delhi
Plot 13, Sector 9, Dwarka, New Delhi 110075
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009


M K Gupta

Minister of State for Urban Development, Mr. Saugat Ray has informed both Houses of Parliament that the DDA’s Internal Committee has given clean chit to the staff. This Committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Mr. Nand Lal, Member (Finance) DDA by the Govt. to inquire the role of DDA staff in the scam. Public fail to understand why this report is being hide from them if the Committee has given the clean chit to the staff? Is there something which the govt. still wants to hide?

Even on the last date of hearing of a case, Justice Hema Kohli of Delhi High Court has to direct the DDA for the submission of this report in a sealed cover on the next date of hearing, which is scheduled on 30th July, 2009. Not disclosing the full report creates suspicion in the minds of applicants.

An applicant to the DDA Housing Scheme, M. K. Gupta requested the Lt. Governor, Delhi's office and Urban Development Ministry for the copy of the report on 28.2.2009 but both the Authorities have informed to apply to the DDA for the same. On applying to the DDA and not receiving any reply of his RTI application, Mr. Gupta filed first appeal on 21.5.09. In reply to the appeal, Dy. Director (LIG)-Housing informed that his appeal has been forwarded to the Director (Vig.) for a suitable reply vide his letter dated 7.7.09.

Public and particularly the applicants to the scheme have the right to go though the report of the Internal Committee. Disclosing selected portion of the report is inadequate.

The applicants to the scheme want the report should be made public urgently to dispel their doubts.

New IT Rules and Requirement for filing of ITR for A.Y. 2009-10

For the current year, there have been a few changes which have been introduced and need to be kept in mind while filing the returns. The tax department has taken steps to make income tax returns filing easier and simple. In the past few years, there have been many improvements and use of technology by the Income Tax Department like introduction of e-filing, online tax payment, digital signature etc.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes has notified these new forms for the assessment year 2009-10:
The returns of individuals with income from salary, pension, or family pension, and not having any other income except interest income should be filed with this form.
The returns of income of individuals and Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs) not having any income under the head profits or gains from business or profession should be filed with this form. ITR-3:
The returns of income of individuals and HUFs who are partners in firms and not carrying out business or profession under any proprietorship should be filed with this form.
The returns of income of individuals and HUFs having proprietary business or profession should be filed using this form.

The returns of income can be furnished in any of these manners:
Paper form Electronically, under digital signature Transmitting the data in the returns electronically and thereafter submitting the verification of the returns on Form ITR-V Bar-coded returns in paper form the returns should not be accompanied by any attachments or annexure. Taxpayers should not enclose with the returns forms any statement showing computation of income or tax, TDS/TCS certificates, proof of payment of advance tax or self-assessment tax. However, these documents will have to be produced before an assessing officer on demand.

All these documents should be retained by the taxpayers. If called for by any income tax authority during any proceeding under the Act, it will be incumbent upon the assessee to furnish them in original. Electronic filing is optional for taxpayers. The e-return has to be furnished at . Further, it is advisable, though not mandatory, to use a digital signature for electronically furnishing the returns. If the return is electronically furnished under a digital signature, the taxpayer is not required to submit the Form ITR-V to the Income Tax Department as a follow-up.

Similarly, any returns which is digitally signed by the assessee and filed with an e-return intermediary (ERI), who, in turn, submits the returns to the Income Tax Department under his digital signature, will also be deemed to have been filed under a digital signature of the assessee and no Form ITR-V is required to be submitted. In such cases, the date of electronic transmission of the data in the returns will be the date of furnishing the returns.

However, if the assessee does not use a digital signature for electronically transmitting the data, he is required to follow-up the electronic transmission with submitting the form ITR-V to the Income Tax Department as a verification of the electronic filing. In such a case, the date of transmitting the data electronically will be the date of furnishing the returns if the Form ITR-V is furnished within 30 days after the date of transmitting the data electronically. In case Form ITR-V is furnished after the 30-day period , it will be deemed that the returns was never furnished , and it will be incumbent on the assessee to electronically re-transmit the data and follow it up with a new Form ITR-V within 30 days.

Since no documents are required to be furnished along with the returns of income, the credit for Tax Deducted at Source (TDS), Tax Collected at Source (TCS), advance tax and self assessment tax will be allowed on the basis of information relating to pre-paid taxes furnished in the relevant schedules of the return forms subject to matching with the information provided by the deductor, collector and the banks. Tax payers need to ensure that the information relating to pre-paid taxes is complete in all respects and correct.

Rules which will be Applicable but postponed for the time being:
Although mentioning Unique Transaction Number (UTN) is not compulsory for the time being but it is likely that once department install the facility to provide and match UTN they will ask for the same even in case of Returns already furnished.

With a view to enabling the matching of information relating to pre-paid taxes furnished by the tax payers, the Income Tax Department has created a system of Unique Transaction Number (UTN) and Challan Identification Number (CIN). Assesses must ensure that the deductor and the collector have provided them with separate UTNs in respect of each TDS and TCS transaction.

Similarly, they must also ensure that the UTN for every TDS and TCS claim in the returns is correctly filled in. Also, they must ensure they fill in the CIN correctly in respect of payments of advance tax and self-assessment tax. In case the returns is filed with a digital signature, the assessee may take a printout of the acknowledgment for his record

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Doctors day celebrated in Dwarka

IMA DWARKA CELEBRATED it’s third Doctors day recently at grand seasons party lawns, sec-7, dwarka.the function was well attended by around 250 doctors from Dwarka and all over delhi . There was a short clinical meet followed by felicitation ceremony. Dr Naresh Chawla, Dr Ramesh Datta, Dr Narendra Saini, Dr A K Israni were guests of honour . Dr Amitabh Khanna president IMA. Dwarka told about achievements of IMA in the last year and plans of activities in the coming year. He requested all the doctors practicing or staying in Dwarka to become member of the branch to strengthen it. Three senior members of the branch were felicitated followed by momentos for contribution towards branch activities and profession. A seprate children zone was there having magician, tattoo maker, bouncy etc. which envolved not only children but adults as well. Special attractive gifts were presented to children of the branch who partipated and won in painting competition held by DMA on Rajghat on Word Environment Day. Dr Anupama Khanna was organizing secretary of the function everybody appreciated her organizing skills. The function was a grand success.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Thakran made Hat trick

The new office bearer of Sector-6, Market, Dwarka were elected. According to S.S.Bora-Returning Officer Mr.Surender Thakran elected as President, Mr.Sanjay Jain as Vice President and five executive members Mr.P.R.Arya, Sachin Katyal, Mr.I.P.Gupta, Ms. Rama Taneja and Dinesh Narang were unanimously elected. Talking to Mr.Thakran said ”Parking and encroachments are the major draw backs in our market. The association will give priority to solve these problems with the help of concerned authorities. Even, the security system will be improved very soon.

Sunday, July 19, 2009


M.K. Gupta

Applying for a flat has proved a nightmare for those applicants who the DDA suspected of submitting multiple applications but they have really submitted only one application. One such applicant Amit Gupta (Form No. 229652) of Dwarka asked the DDA by filing RTI application on 18th April, 2009 to inform about the number of applicants identified of submitting only one application and whether their names were included in the draw. On not receiving any reply, he has lodged a complaint to the Central Information Commission (CIC) on 6.5.09 requesting for an urgent hearing. DDA has not intimated the findings of the inquiry either to the doubtful applicants or to the media so far. According to the reliable sources, after the inquiry by the DDA, it has been found that 1700 applicants have submitted only one application. DDA’s silence over this is strengthening the doubt that that their names were not included in the draw and thus such applicants have been penalized before ascertaining the facts.
To increase misery, DDA has deducted the penalty of Rs 5000 from the refund of registration money of Amit without proving that he submitted multiple applications, despite repeated requests. He, on 16th May, 09, asked the DDA to inform the basis of deducting Rs 5000 instead of giving interest on the registration money in terms of condition mentioned at serial number 10 of the scheme booklet. On not receiving any reply, he filed an appeal cum complaint to the CIC on 10th July, 2009.

Nanhe Chitrakar in Amba Apartment

Recently, ROOTS in association with The Dwarka Residents Welfare Associations organized an event of painting called Nanhe Chitrakar in Amba Apartment, Sector 10 Dwarka.
Around hundred participants from five nearby societies participated in the competition. The competition was divided in two categories A) 5 to 8 years and B) 9 to 12 years. Mr. Balvindra-prominent artist was the Judge of the competition. The winner in Group A was Manav from Harsukh Apartment and from Group B was Maheeka Pandita from Shree Ganesh Apartments. Mr. Mahabal Mishara (MP) was the chief guest who distributed the certificate and trophy to the winners and the participants. Advocate J.B. Mudgil- President of DRWA assured that two more events would be held in next quarter for children.

According to Mr.Upendra Kaushik-General Secretary of ROOTS, “its a one of the contest in the series of selecting the contestants to participate in grand final as inter Dwarka Nanhe chitrakar tittle competetion will likely to held on 15 Aug'09.” he wants to make Dwarka as a happening city for cultural and social activity with the involvement of the children.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Demostration at Metcalfe House, Delhi

As part of a week long nationwide agitation, members of the Senior Technical Assistants’ Association of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) staged a protest against their employer here on Thursday, for being “unfair to a section of technical assistants”.

During the lunch-hour protest, association members from various DRDO Labs in Delhi said, in keeping with the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission, the post of Senior Technical Assistant ‘C’ (STA ‘C’) must be merged with the post of Technical Officer ‘A’ (TO ‘A’).

According to members of the association, " DRDO is the only department in the Government of India to have not placed technical staff members having a grade pay of Rs. 4,600 to the gazetted rank. DRDO has also been unfair to the STA ‘B’ employees by not protecting the extra service of five to seven years and promotions attained through assessments, after the implementation
of the Sixth Central Pay Commission.

GLORY OF DELHI AWARD-2009 for Shree Ganesh Society

Shree Ganesh Co-operative Group Housing Society of Sector-7, Dwarka feels proud to be the only housing society of Dwarka and one of the ten best housing societies of NCR to be awarded “ Glory of Delhi Award-2009” be Smt. Arti Mehra, Honorable Mayor of Delhi along with Chief Editor of Times of India at a function organized at Tivoli Gardens, Chattarpur, on 12th July 2009.

Altogether 700 Housing Societies of NCR applied for this prestigious award. After three phases of screening, 100 societies were short listed for the said award. After further scrutiny and rigorous screening only 30 societies were short-listed for this award. Finally only ten housing societies of NCR were awarded the prestigious “ Glory of Delhi Award-2009”. Shree Ganesh Apartment of Sector-7 Dwarka was one amongst ten housing societies in NCR and the only housing society of West Delhi to be honoured with this prestigious award.

It is a proud moment for all the members and residents of the society who are thankful to the Managing Committee for winning them this prestigious award. It is also a matter of pride for all the residents of Dwarka that on of the societies of Dwarka has been honoured with the Glory of Delhi Award for 2009 by the Times of India Group.

The Managing Committee of Shree Ganesh Apartments ( With Shri. R.K. Dhamija as its President and Shri. M.M.Pandita as its Secretary along with other members of the committee) convey their sincere thanks and gratitude to the Times of India Editorial Group and all their Co-sponsors for honouring the society a better place to live in through efficient management with active participation of all its members & residents and indulging in activities like Community development, creation Social Awareness through social welfare activities, Energy conservation,Ground-water management, management of hygiene & Environment within and around the society etc.

Glory of Delhi - Award Winners
Name of the Residents Welfare Association- Core Competency

Golf Links Association Security Mgmt, Cleanliness & Eco-friendliness
Nizamuddin East Colony Association Social Cause involving BPL mass, Drives on "No Plastic" & designing a model for alternate fillers
Defence Colony Welfare Association Eco-friendliness, Reusable energy, Special focus for Senior Citizens
Sector B, Pocket 1, Residents Welfare Association Vasant Kunj Corporate marketing, solar & reusable energy and adoption of creative saliency mediums
Antriksh Apartments Residents Welfare Association Sector-14, Rohini Extension Social Cause - Community marriage for blinds
Munirka Vihar Welfare Association Development of RWA Infrastruture
Shree Ganesh Apartment Plot No.12B, Sector-7, Dwarka Welfare & maintenance of Grade IV needy support workers

D.S.K.C. honoured with black belts in Karate

ENTHUSIASM, ENERGY and action these three were the main attractions during the annual day function organized by D S K C School of Defence students at Health Club Sector 7, Dwarka on July 12.The main attraction of the show was Professor Renshi Rethinam, who is a renowned Personality in traditional Karate. The training course was conducted by Professor Rethinam with S K Yadav and his team members. A number of students has been provided various arts of karate and been provided key notes. Apart from that an advance weapon training in martial arts was also been showcased which was liked by the students as well as the spectators. A demonstration session was also organised by Professor Rethinam for the girl’s students.
According to Professor Rethinam, there is a vast scope of traditional karate in India. Since government encouragement is there but it has to be more to make it as a must to learn sport. According to him traditional karate can be seen through many Indian arts. He added even Postures and mudras in Bharatnatayam is also a form of karate. He is happy to see that parents nowadays are keen to such sports.At the last of the show Professor Rethinam provide a speech to all students and the spectators where he shares his experiences. Later he honoured Chief coach of D S K C , Sunil Kumar with Prestigious 3 Dan (degree) black belt along with the ten students namely Akanksha Solanki, Mansi Verma, Isha Snehal, Manan Verma, Vikas Godara, Aditya Jain, Saransh Kejriwal, Sarthak Kapur, Anmol Singh and Anshuman V Ramaniget. Presently D S KC produced around 50 national players from Dwarka, within a short span of seven and half years only.There is no age and sex bar to learn Martial Arts. Even the physically challenged individual can do it because it is not just kicking and punching, it's an art of self defence. With the help of it, a person can gain self-defence and character development in one's life. Karate is very important part of human life.” Added S K Yadav, Chief Coach.
For detail Contact:
DSKC-School of Self Defence, Mobile:9810143483

Friday, July 17, 2009

An APPEAL for noble cause

Dear Friends,

SFC is a registered, non-government organization (NGO) established by a team from the field of Media, Education, Social Worker, Indian Armed Forces, Legal, Sports, IT with the aim to promote curricular activities among the children since 2006. So far SFC conducted various events i.e; Chess Championship, on the Spot Drawing/Painting Competition, Educational Seminar, Adventure Sports, Computer Awareness Camp, Maa Tujhe Salam, Society for Creatives-Bravery Award etc. in the sub-city Dwarka. Last year also our NGO collected household itmes, eatables, ration and rupees ten thousand were sent to PRIME MINISTER RELIEF FUND.
Now, it is our duty to help out the most sufferer residents of Orissa & Assam. It is an URGENT APPEAL to join SOCIETY FOR CREATIVES (Regd.) in its campaign SAVE HUMANITY to provide support to the victims of this unexpected disaster/draught. You may support us for joining the campaign.

Material support-Tents, ropes, mats, ration(rise, pulses, chiwra) packed eatables, Medicines, water purifier tablets, candles & matchbox, torch & batteries,utensils, bottles, buckets, cotton, clothing & footwear. Mosquito nets, Stoves, cooking and water containers.Medicines: anti diarrhea, anti vomit, hygiene material(bleaching agent, phenyl, etc.) oil lamps

Logistical support-Transport support to reach the material to effected areas

Venue for collection:
DWARKA HEALTH CLUB, Sector-7, Near Rishikul School,Mother Dairy, Dwarka.
Financial support:
Please send cash/cheque/draft in the name of SOCIETY FOR CREATIVES (Regd.) and send it to C-364, Street No.42, Mahavir Enclave Part-3, Opp. Sector-2 (Power House/Bhaskar College), Dwarka, New Delhi-110 059
Or directly deposit your contribution to (our account details is):
SOCIETY FOR CREATIVES (Regd.) SB A/C No- 303001000000101
Bank of Baroda, Pkt.6, Sector-12, Dwarka, New Delhi-110 075.
(Kindly send your full name & address with the contribution for receipt/accounting purpose.)
We invite all the individuals, organization, institutions, societies, markets etc. to co-operate us just for the sake of humanity.

SOCIETY FOR CREATIVES (Regd.) teamemail:

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Rita Bahuguna's malicious attack on Mayawati !

R.D. Bhardwaj "Noorpuri"
Ref. news item UP Cong Chiefs remarks spark all-out caste battle - HT dated the 17th July, 2009. It was really very painful and sickening to note that Rita Bahuguna Joshi, who is also UP Congress President, has commented on UP Chief Minister, Ms. Mayawati, in such a foul and unparliamentary language. Her remarks assume all the more alarming ramification as they have come from mouth of person who is not only a woman herself, but also chief of a national level political party. She has been able to speak in such a dirty and malicious language as it was directed against a person who belongs to the SC community. By speaking so, she has not only shown her mental state of mind in which it works, but it has also lowered the esteem and prestige of all the women-folks of India. Such a person certainly does not deserve to be a leader of a party and Congress party should have sacked her immediately from the post of UP Congress President; because, its maintaining a stony silence over the matter casts aspersions on its thinking and attitude towards the SC/ST community, who constitute more than 25% of Indias population. Simultaneously, it also reveals that Rahul Gandhis visiting the homes of SC people during elections and giving them sense of assurance of belongingness, was in fact, just an enacted drama to garner maximum number of votes.
And lastly, if Rita Bahuguna really has guts to speak in such a disparaging language against womanhood , why she does not speak in such a manner against Sonia Gandhi, Sushma Swaraj, Varinda Karat, Uma Bharti or Menaka Gandhi and then see, in what way the counter wind blows.

Because Dwarka has missed the bus

Atul Mathur, Hindustan Times

Cycle rickshaws are the lifeline of Dwarka — a ‘world class, zero-tolerance, self-contained sub-city’ that lies a mere 5 km-drive away from Indira Gandhi International Airport in southwest Delhi.
The sprawling sub-city with a population of 6.5 lakh still does not have an effective, modern transport facility.
Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) runs only a few buses here, and with have limited reach.
“You might wait for a bus for an hour, but there’s no guarantee of its showing up,” said Sector 19 resident Yashpal Sharma, general secretary of Akshardham Apartments’ residents welfare association.

The Dwarka-Yamuna Bank line of Delhi Metro is the only silver lining.
“While Metro rail has provided excellent connectivity with the rest of the city, moving between sectors remains a problem in Dwarka,” said Sujit Saha, a resident of DDA Flats in Sector 22.
Saha, accounts officer in an export firm, travels by Metro to his Janakpuri District Centre office everyday.
“It takes me just 20 minutes to reach Dwarka’s Sector 9 from my office, by Metro. But the rickshaw ride from the Metro station to my house sometimes takes 30 minutes, and costs me at least Rs 20,” said Saha.
Dwarka sub-city may offer unlimited housing choices but its poor internal transport makes life difficult for people who don’t own a vehicle.
“Even those who own cars need good public transport. I don’t like driving to neighbourhood markets and other places within the sub-city,” said Seema Sharma, resident of Sector 11.

In the absence of any motorised transport facility within the sub-city, residents are totally dependent on cycle-rickshaws.
From travelling between apartment blocks to going shopping in the neighbourhood, or even to the nearest Metro station, rickshaws are the only option available.
“Whether one needs to travel a few hundred metres in this scorching heat or go to the commercial complex 2-3 kilometres from the apartment block, rickshaws are the only means of transport,” said Jyoti Singhal, a Sector 22 resident. “But finding rickshaws after 8 pm, especially during winter, is difficult.”
Then, cycle-rickshaws are the most unsafe mode of transport and people travelling in them have often had their bags and chains snatched.
Problems like refusing to carry passengers, overcharging and bad behaviour, which are identified with auto-rickshaws in Delhi, are experienced with cycle-rickshaws in Dwarka sub-city.

No Bus ticket
For a population of about 6.5 lakh living in 25 sectors, Dwarka has only 34 buses plying on six routes that originate from its sectors.
Another 15 buses on three different routes pass through some sectors of the sub-city.
“Most of the buses are available in one part of Dwarka. Several sectors — 12, 13, 14, 16, 17 and 23 — do not have public transport at all. Even Metro’s feeder buses don’t service many sectors. Most of the people living in Dwarka are employees and need an effective public transport system,” said Yashpal Sharma.
Although some buses are available during rush hours for office staff, residents say their service is not reliable.
While most buses are available in the morning, residents said they were seldom available in the evening.

“Although DTC officials claim that there are another 100 buses on about 15 routes, those buses either originate in or connect localities like Palam, Manglapuri or Madhu Vihar, which are located in one corner of Dwarka. These areas lie 5-6 km away from Dwarka’s sectors,” said RK Singh, a Sector 4 resident.
Residents complained that Blueline buses do not ply in Dwarka, especially during the day.
Delhi Metro Rail Corporation also runs 12 buses on two Metro feeder routes and has a proposal to run more buses on six routes already approved by the state transport authority.
“But that is not enough. We need a strong network of buses,” said Anil Nayal, member of the transport cell of Dwarka Forum, a residents’ body.
A DTC spokesperson, however, told HT, “We are expecting about 250 buses for Dwarka. Once we have the buses, the transport problem in Dwarka will be solved.”

‘New buses will be on the road next month’
R. K. Verma, Secretary, Transport, Delhi spoke to Atul Mathur

Dwarka was planned as a sub-city with its own independent transport network. But that plan seems to have fallen flat. Your comment?

We have planned a good transport network for Dwarka. It is just that the sub-city has grown suddenly in the last couple of years. Within our available resources, we are providing the best service that we can. There are around 150 DTC buses on different routes that either originate or pass through Dwarka. Blueline buses also ply on various routes. There is a Metro route, too, extended up to Dwarka, which caters to a large number of people. Nonetheless, mobility remains a problem there and we are working to improve public transport in the sub-city.

Sectors along the main Dwarka-Najafgarh road do have a semblance of bus service but the connectivity is terrible in sectors away from the road.

We have very few buses available right now. Para-transit system — mini buses, vans, autos etc — is also missing from Dwarka. That is why some inside sectors are poorly connected. As new low-floor buses join DTC’s fleet next month, the situation will improve.

Delhi Metro has become the lifeline of Dwarka. Although DMRC runs its feeder buses between Metro stations and different sectors, does DTC have similar plans?

Once we have more buses, we will be able to cover all the sectors. Those buses will not only connect sectors but also Metro stations with residential areas.

How do you propose to improve public transport in Dwarka?

We hope to have at least 250 more buses for Dwarka within the next four to six months. Our two new depots are ready in sectors 2 and 8, and a bus terminal has been set up in Sector 10. We have also proposed a bus rapid transit (BRT) corridor in Dwarka, which will help us strengthen public transport in the sub-city. Apart from that, we have proposed a light rail transit (LRT) system for Dwarka. It is a Rs 9,000-crore project. We are examining the detailed project report. Metro, too, is being extended up to Sector 21.

Hour-long commute takes some spin off his shots

Tennis is Saumyarup Mukherjee’s first love.
The Class XI student has to commute about 3 km from his Sector 13 home to reach the Delhi Development Authority’s (DDA) sports complex in Sector 11. However, the half-hour ordeal leaves him drained even before he has hit the courts.
“Everyday, I spend more than an hour on travelling. Sometimes, my parents drop me off at the sports complex, but it takes a lot of effort to find a ride back home in the evening,” said the 15-year-old, an only son of a working couple.
In the absence of an effective transport facility, Mukherjee depends on rickety cycle-rickshaws. Every day, he ends up paying at least Rs 30 one-way.
Mukherjee said he would love to cycle down to the sports complex every day. “But it is not easy to balance on a bi-cycle with a heavy sports bag. It’s also risky, amid the fast-moving traffic.”

No bus means losing way to friends’ hearts, homes.
Poor public transport has distanced Divya Khurana from her friends.
“My friends live in Sector 23. But we cannot visit each other often, as there is no bus service between our sectors. Rickshaws charge Rs 40 one-way, for the 2 km ride,” said the Sector 11 resident.
The Metro may be feted as Dwarka’s lifeline but it has not penetrated far enough to be of use to the entire population. In fact, the Metro ridership in the sub-city is pegged at only 20,000 per day.
Divya’s mother Jaya Khurana, a Delhi Jal Board employee, has to suffer for the lack of a good bus service everyday.
Since the Khuranas do not live close to a Metro station, they are entirely dependent on buses.
Khurana changes 2-3 buses just to reach the DJB office in Hari Nagar.
“There is no direct connectivity with west Delhi. I change three buses just to reach my office. While one bus takes me to Najafgarh Road, I change two more buses after that to reach my office,” said Khurana.
Khurana claimed she had to spend roughly Rs 2000 every month on conveyance alone.

Buses infrequent, radio frequency to the rescue
Sector 9 resident Rajni Mishra spent around Rs 4,000 as auto fare, last November.
A homemaker, Mishra was not rushing around the city all day. She merely needed to visit All India Institute of Medical Sciences a dozen times.
“I would have preferred to travel by bus, but we don’t have a reliable bus service to even important destinations like AIIMS,” said Mishra.
Although her husband Sanjay Mishra commutes to work in Hauz Khas by chartered bus, going late or coming back early poses a serious problem.
“It’s a choice between changing 2-3 buses or getting fleeced in autos,” said Sanjay Mishra, a Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited employee.
The Mishras now call a radio-taxi to go out together. “It is better to pay a radio-taxi than change buses or get into arguments with auto drivers. But it does affect our monthly budget,” they said.

Related Topics at Dwarka Parichay:

Better DTC bus service in Dwarka

Response from DTC

Dwarka Forum: Suggestions for better DTC service in Dwarka

Thursday, July 16, 2009

GOONJ.. is organizing material collection camp in Dwarka

GOONJ.. (Winner of the ‘Indian NGO of the year’ award) is organizing material collection camp in Dwarka

KINDLY CONTRIBUTE: dry ration (rice, pulses, chiwra, biscuits, packed food etc.), milk powder, undergarments (only new), sarees & petticoat, mosquito nets, matchboxes, candles, tarpaulin, torch & batteries, wearable old/new clothes, bed sheets, curtains, utensils, buckets, shoes, slippers, woolens & blankets

for Monetary contribution:- Kindly send cash/cheque/draft in the name of GOONJ with your full name & address. (All donations to GOONJ.. are tax exempted u/s 80 G of IT act.)

Collection Camp Details:-
Venue: Infront of Empire Medicos, Sector-6, Central Market, Dwarka
Timings: 4 PM to 7:00 PM on 19th July 2009 (Sunday)
Camp Volunteer– Arvind Agrawal (9899974319)
Camp Coordinator-Ruchika (9810897376)

Can’t afford to fall ill in Dwarka

Jaya Shroff Bhalla, Hindustan Times

Just last week, Sector 19 resident Biplabh Kumar (name changed on request), paid Rs 1,600 for a few stitches to his son’s knee at a private hospital in Dwarka.
Normally, the sutures would not have cost more than Rs 100. But Dwarka — Delhi’s pride and Asia’s largest sub-city — is a place where even general physicians charge Rs 300 per consultation.
All thanks to the complete absence of government healthcare facilities.

Making hay
Dr D Arora, a private practitioner who runs a clinic from the Sector 6 DDA flats, used to charge Rs 150 for a first consultation and nothing for subsequent visits, till two years ago.
Later, he raised his fee to Rs 200 and, now, he charges Rs 300 per visit. Yet, the number of patients visiting his clinic has only gone up.
And there are at least 30 such clinics that have mushroomed in Dwarka’s sectors 6 and 7.
So, why is healthcare prohibitively expensive in Dwarka? Simply because, even 10 years after it was developed, Dwarka does not have government healthcare facilities.

Only on paper
Dwarka’s first government hospital — a multi-specialty 750-bed unit named Bharat Ratna Indira Gandhi Hospital — should be ready by next November. At least, that was the promise made when Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit announced the project in November 2007.
The foundation stone of the Rs 350-crore project was not laid till a full year after the CM’s announcement. And since then, not a brick has been laid at the 15-acre site.

Primary cause
Things are no better on the primary healthcare front.
Till just two months ago, there was no Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) dispensary in Dwarka, although 70 per cent of the sub-city’s population comprises retired government servants. On May 25, a dispensary was inaugurated in Mahavir Enclave, near sectors 1, 2, 6 and 7, but most residents remain in the dark about it.

Before that, all that the sub-city had in the name of government health services was four dispensaries that opened 10am-1.30pm. “Officially, they are supposed to open 9am-2pm, but the staff stops registering patients after 12pm,” said MK Gupta, a senior citizen who resides in Dwarka’s Sector 10.

Privates profit
Absence of government healthcare facilities has perpetuated the windfall for private hospitals in the sub-city.
Ayushman (50 beds) and Bensups (150 beds) are the only multi-specialty private hospitals in the area.
“Since the other nearby hospital — Mata Chanan Devi in Janakpuri — is at least 8km away, these two can dictate terms. Their charges are especially steep in emergencies,” said Sector 18 resident Kamakhya Gupta (55), a homemaker.
Hospital owners, however, dispute this. Satpinder Singh, administrator at Ayushman Hospital, said, “We have been here for five years now. People repose their faith in us and that is why we are successful. On any given day, our occupancy level is more than 80 per cent.”

Seniors suffer most
Retired government servants surviving on pension make up almost half of Dwarka’s five-lakh population. So, the lack of Central Government Health Scheme (CGHS) facilities in the vicinity affects them the most.
The closest CGHS-empanelled hospitals are Mata Chanan Devi and Deen Dayal Hospital, 6-16 kilometres away respectively, depending upon where you stay in Dwarka.

“For my daily medicines, I still go to the CGHS dispensary in Munirka, which is about 12km away. I have to make two trips every month: one to collect the medicines that are in stock, and the second to collect medicines that have to be indented and are not easily available. But do I have a choice?” said Sector 6 resident Hari D Goyal, senior citizen and CGHS beneficiary, who retired from Indian Economic Service 14 years ago.
Although it is meant to benefit him, Goyal had not heard about the new CGHS dispensary in Mahavir Enclave.

Kiran Walia, Health Minister spoke to Jaya Shroff Bhalla

When was the plan for the 750-bed Dwarka Hospital sanctioned?
About one-and-a-half years ago.

How much money has been allocated for the hospital project?
Rs 350 crore. It is a mega project.

When is the project expected to start?
Very soon. In fact, I will be meeting DDA officials as soon as the Assembly sessions get over, to finalise the details of the project.

What has held up the project, especially since all sanctions were made one-and-a-half years ago?
Recently, it was decided to make the Dwarka hospital quakeproof. The plan had to be revised accordingly. We should be getting DDA’s approval in a month.

It is more than 10 years since Dwarka came into being. Do you think it is fair that the residents, most of whom are retired officials, have to shell out so much money on private healthcare because of the government’s delay?
I understand they are anxious. We will work out something soon.

By when can Dwarka residents expect to see a hospital?
We expect DDA’s approvals in a month, and we should start work almost immediately.

Locals share their experiences with HT

‘Even a 100-bed hospital would help, to start with’
Sector 10 resident MK Gupta, 56, took voluntary retirement from the Delhi government. For the last three years, he has been taking his wife Kamala, 59, who is a CGHS beneficiary, to Mata Chanan Devi Hospital in Janakpuri, about 8km away.
His wife, who has severe osteoporosis in her toes, has trouble in walking, as her toes swell up every winter.

“She needs to undergo rigorous physiotherapy every year for about 20-25 days, especially when it is very cold. Absence of a local health facility makes life very difficult for us. The private hospitals charge Rs 1100 per session, which is too much for a retired official. Moreover, these hospital are not CGHS-empanelled, hence we pay from our own pocket,” said Gupta.

“If not a full-fledged 750-bed hospital, the government should have a 100-bed facility for emergency situations, to start off with.”

‘The hospital was clueless about my wife’s problem’

Hardev Goyal, 78, lost his soulmate to Dwarka’s shoddy healthcare infrastructure three-and-a-half years ago.
The Sector 6 resident, who retired from Indian Economic Service 14 years ago, is still haunted by memories of his wife’s last days.
“I got my wife’s check-up done when she complained of discomfort on December 10. For consultation, we took her to a private hospital with all her reports. We were told she was fine. The same evening, at 7 pm, we had to rush her to the hospital when she experienced difficulty in breathing. They kept my wife in the ICU. At 5 am, they pronounced her dead.”

“First, I was told it was cardiac failure. Then, they said, she died of water accumulation in her lungs. They did not give me a convincing reason. What could they say, they did not know the reason themselves.”

‘Who will take me to hospital in an emergency?’

Sadhu Singh, 82, retired from central government service around 22 years ago.
The Sector 6 resident now lives with his son, who travels on business frequently.
“I am old and may need to be rushed to the emergency at any time. Often, I am alone at home, with my son away at work,” said Singh.
“How much can the neighbours do, really? I can’t expect anyone to rush me to Janakpuri or anywhere else, in the absence of a CGHS facility in Dwarka. And private hospitals are so expensive.”
Singh lives in constant fear of being left at the mercy of private practitioners in the absence of a government healthcare facility in Dwarka.
“I think, it is time the government woke up to the basic needs of its citizens — people like us who have dedicated all their lives to the government,” he said.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009





Why Dwarka's on a short fuse

Avishek Dastidar, Hindustan Times

Will Akhil Pandey do well in school this year? Will his cousin get her driving licence soon? The answer to both questions is ‘no’, unless the power situation in Dwarka improves
Of late, the five-member Pandey family has been sleeping fitfully, due to the erratic power supply at night
Often, 15-year-old Akhil, a Class 11 student, is too groggy in the morning to catch his school bus at 7.15 am
His cousin misses her driving class for the same reason
“Our fault is that we did not buy an inverter,” said Gyani Pandey (51), Akhil’s mother. “You just cannot survive in Dwarka without an inverter.”
POWER STRUGGLE Dwarka residents know no life without the drone of a generator or the buzz of an inverter
So, hardly any housing society in “Asia’s biggest sub-city” now remains without power backup and an inverter is a mandatory fixture in each DDA flat
Residents who invested their life’s savings into a house here are outraged
“I had to leave my 72-year-old ailing mother at my cousin’s place in Rohini because power cuts were making her ill. I had told her that I would bring her back the moment the situation improved. That was almost a year ago,” said Anil Kumar (48), a senior government official and resident of Sector 18
GENERATOR-NEXT Anxiety about power cuts here borders upon paranoia. For instance, Nav Sansad Apartments — a housing society in Sector 22 whose members are mostly former bureaucrats and parliamentarians — has invested in a high capacity generator worth Rs 1 crore
Almost two-storey-high and with a footprint larger than the floor area of a flat, the generator consumes diesel worth Rs 50,000 every month to power 250 homes.
“Each family pays Rs 2,000-3000 per month for backup power, over and above the normal electricity bill,” said Rejimon CK, President of Dwarka Forum, the federation of residents’ associations in Dwarka
The price of backup power in Dwarka ranges from Rs 9-11 per unit. “With the cost of power backup mounting, we are considering converting the diesel generators to run on CNG,” said Rejimon.
Many housing societies are planning to upgrade their ‘basic’ power backup to run all appliances normally
“We need the (bigger) generator to power heavier appliances and for longer hours,” said KM Kapoor, RWA president of Sheetal Vihar Apartments in Sector 23, which already has a functional diesel generator .
BATTERED ON BATTERY POWER Unlike housing societies that pool in to set up generators, DDA flat residents have to battle outages individually. Inverters are the preferred remedy, but they are only good for running lights and fans for a few hours.
“No power also means no water for us,” said Sunil Sareen (43), resident of Sector 19 DDA flats
Life comes to a standstill for the Sareens — a family of four, including two students —during long power cuts. Without power, they cannot switch on the booster pump to lift water to their apartment, and the children cannot study once the inverter discharges. “On days we have gone without a bath and even lights and fans,” said Sareen
DARK AND DANGEROUS Nearly 80 per cent of streetlights in Dwarka do not work, according to a survey done by the residents’ forum. “Because of the darkness, even the park right outside my house seems unsafe,” said 25-year-old Simi Nair, a call centre executive and resident of Sector 3. Here, too, residents have had to help themselves. Housing societies have installed halogen lamps at their gates to illuminate the approach roads. “How long should we keep waiting (for the streetlights to work)?” said KM Kapoor of Sheetal Vihar Apartments

Arun Kanchan, CEO, BSES Rajdhani Powe Limited spoke to Avishek Dastidar

Residents complain of 2-5 hours of power cuts every day. Your comment?
At times, we are unable to provide power 24x7 due to factors beyond our control.
For instance, with the states over- drawing power from the Northern Grid, ‘low’ frequency-related trippings have increased.
This year, the demand for power has also been unusually high. In June, BSES has actually supplied 20 per cent more power (compared to June 2008) in its areas .
The unprecedented heat wave saw Delhi’s peak power demand shoot up by 5.4 per cent in just a fortnight.

Why don’t you release a schedule of power cuts and stick to it?
Last month, when the power crisis hit the city, we promptly put up a load shedding schedule on our web site
Load shedding, if necessary, is strictly carried out as per the schedule.

Why does your response time to faults stretch to 24 hours or longer?
All local faults are attended to on priority and resolved within 2 hours. Occasionally, there have been delays when agitated consumers have prevented our teams from carrying out their work

Dwarka is a vast sub-city. Why does it have only one complaint centre?
BSES has 117 complaint centres across Delhi. Consumers need not visit these offices. They only have to call our 24x7 number 39999707 in Dwarka .
Besides, we have adequate fault repair vans, breakdown restoration vans, emergency power restoration vans and hydraulic tower wagons, which reach the affected areas quickly.

Why don’t 80 per cent of the streetlights work in Dwarka? When will you fix them? Please understand, distribution companies only maintain the streetlights and provide electricity
Over the years, we have done a lot for their upkeep.
The percentage of functioning streetlights has substantially increased from 72 per cent in 2003 to over 98 per cent in 2009.
In case of a streetlight-related complaint, our customers should call our call centre on 39999707/ 39999808.

When will Dwarka get uninterrupted power supply?
There is no specific power issue in Dwarka, except during the recent ‘crisis week’

Arun Kanchan spoke to Avishek Dastidar

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Response from Commissioner of Police

Dear Citizen,
thanks for your E-mail. Your E-mail has been acknowledged by Commissioner of Police, Delhi and the same has been referred to the Joint Commissioner of Police/Southern Range for further necessary action and your reference 4806/E-mail dated 10/07/2009. You may contact him on telephone No. 23490208 and his e-mail ID is

M K Gupta

Dwarka Puri is fast becoming Crime Puri. Today, reportedly, two miscreants took hold of plumber of a plumber working in Apna Villa (Plot No. 23) and injured him on his face. They snatched his mobile, cycle, Rs 900 and even his shoes. The incident reportedly occurred between 3.30 p.m. to 4.00 in the park in front of Elephanta/ Manchahat Societies of Sector 10, Dwarka. The police was called by dialing 100 and a policeman from police beat at Dwarka Court also came. It has come to know that the Police has taken the plumber, named Deepak, to the Doctor for treatment.
Earlier, these miscreants snatched Rs 280 from a Rikshaw puller who is said to have sustained knife injuries in his palm. Rikshaw puller has also narrated this to the police.
The snatchers are at large as per late report.

In 8 years, a Maruti 800's price spent on drinking water

Neelam Pandey, Hindustan Times

Had the Bishts settled down in Central Delhi or even Mayur Vihar, they would have had a spare car in the garage by now. But their decision to make Dwarka their home eight years ago has cost them roughly Rs 2 lakh towards packaged drinking water. “We buy our drinking water, which is very costly. DDA had promised us four hours of water supply a day, but we don’t get even an hour’s supply regularly,” said Virender Singh Bisht, resident of DDA flats in Sector 14. At Rs 70 for 20 litres, packaged water works out as expensive as the monthly electricity bill —Rs 1500-2000 —for a typical family of four adults. However, in Dwarka, unless a housing society has its own reverse osmosis (RO) filtration plant, residents are constrained to buy potable water at steep rates
CAN BRUSH OR FLUSH Not just drinking water, Dwarka is short of water for all purposes. Against its requirement of 10 million gallons (MGD) a day (3.8 crore litres or 19 lakh bathroom buckets), it gets only about 3.5 MGD from Delhi Jal Board.The average daily water availability in the sub-city is around 50 litres per person — just enough to flush the toilet five times. You can either bathe, wash clothes or flush the loo, but not all in the same day. Given the acute shortage of water, residents have to depend on private water tankers that charge Rs 600-1200 for a tanker-load
ADAPTING TO SURVIVE Guests upset homemaker Rajinder Kaur’s water budget
“You start keeping count of every glass of water anyone in the house consumes, and plan your life accordingly,” said Kaur
Her 16-year-old daughter is betrothed to the booster pump. She cannot step out in the evenings as “someone has to be at home to switch on the pump for storing whatever little water’s supplied.”
Sector 14 resident SS Chauhan works nights. But he knows no rest during the day either. The airline official often comes home to find the taps dry. He then spends half the day arranging for water through private tankers. “Since my house is on the top floor, even the booster pump is useless when the water pressure is weak. So, my wife and two children often go without water through the night.”

BUCK DOESN’T STOP Water supply to Dwarka is managed by two agencies — Delhi Jal Board (DJB) supplies water to Delhi Development Authority (DDA), which distributes it to the residential blocks. Regarding the 65 per cent shortfall in availability of water, DJB says Dwarka came into existence without planning (DDA’s responsibility) for the supply of water. However, DDA washes its hands of the crisis by claiming that supplying water is not its responsibility.

Ramesh Negi, Delhi Jal Board chief executive officer spoke to Neelam Pandey

'People need to find solution themselves'

A family of four in Dwarka does not get more than 200 litres of water per day while a similar household in any other part of the city consumes up to 1,000 litres. Is this fair?
It might be the case. Equitable distribution of water is a big problem in Delhi and it is a technical problem that needs to be resolved. There are two related issues: topography is one and booster pumps installed by residents is the other. There are areas in Vasant Vihar where water tanks overflow and there is wastage of water. There is an imbalance in demand and supply of water. Dwarka needs 10 MGD water but we are able to supply only 3-3.5 MGD to DDA.

Isn’t DJB, the sole water utility of the city, shirking its responsibility by not supplying water to Dwarka?
Arranging water is our responsi- bility, but DDA has to lay internal system sewers and pipelines. Dwarka does not come under our jurisdiction. DDA was told we would provide water to Dwarka once its water treatment plant became functional. Work on the plant started three months ago. Once it is operational, 40 MGD water will be provided.

But even the water you supply is brackish and totally unfit for consumption
In fact, a number of societies in Dwarka have set up their own water treatment plants to clean it
This is quite a practical solution. Migration is one big reason for the scarcity of water in Delhi and people have to come up with their own solutions. People are pouring into this city every day. But water agreements are made for years, so we can’t change them every other day.

The water tankers you provide are inadequate
Tankers cannot take up the role of regular water supply.

What is the solution?
The problem will be solved by December 2010, once the Dwarka water treatment plant becomes functional. But Delhiites need to learn from the people of Chennai and Bangalore, where water is supplied every alternate day

How does delayed construction of Munak Canal impact Dwarka?
Nearly 80 per cent of work on the canal is over and water is getting stored. Ideally, Dwarka should get water from the canal, but Haryana is not allowing DJB access to this water. The issue has got politicised. Haryana has given us a new deadline of September 2009 for completing the canal.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sri Sarda Devi: Mother Of All

During the last illness of Mrs. Ole Bull, while nursing her at Boston in America, Nivedita wrote a letter filled with intense emotions, to Sardamata, on 11th december 1910. In it she had said:

"Beloved Mother, This morning early i went to church, to pray for Sara. All the people there were thinking of Mary, the Mother of Jesus and suddenly i thought of you. Your dear face and your loving look and your white sari and your bracelets it was all there. And it seemed to me that yours was the presence that was to soothe and bless poor Sara's sickroom. And do you know? I thought i had been very foolish to sit in your room, at the evening service to Sri Ramakrishna, trying to meditate, why did i not understand that it was quite enough to a little child at your dear feet? Dear Mother, you are full of love! Andit is not a flushed and violent love, like ours and like the world's, but a gentle peace that brings good to everyone and wishes ill to none. It is a golden radiance, full of play...

Dearest Mother, I wish we could send you a wonderful hymn, or a prayer. But somehow even that would mean too loud, too full of noise! Surely you are the most wonderful thing of God, Sri Ramakrishna's own chalice of His Love for the world,a token left with his children, in these lonely days and we should be very still and quite before you, except indeed for a little fun! Surely the wonderful things of God are all quiet, stealing unnoticed in our lives, the air and sunlight and the sweetness of gardens and of the Ganges, these are the sielnt things that are like you!"

[Swami Saradananda read out this original letter in English while translating the same in Bengali. As every sentence from Nivedita's letter fell on her ears, Saradamata, became more and more introvert and in that very mood, at the end, she uttered her blessings addressed to Sister Nivedita and Mrs. Ole Bull.]

All her dealings and day-to-day conduct were graced with this lining of her fond tenderness and there was no limit to it.

A new entrant to the math, brahmachari, had to be disciplined due to a mistake of a serious type at his hands. At times one has to be punished. As a last resort it has to be done. It is inevitable in the affairs of an organization. If someone like this approached Mataji, he was at all times pardoned there. How could a mother get angry with her child? And even if she was angry how could she shake him off? This was her feeling about a person seeking her shelter.

I am the mother of the wicked, as I am the mother of the virtuous. Never fear. Whenever you are in distress, say to yourself, 'I have a mother.'

Submitted by Arun Dey

Snatchers have free run of Dwarka

Vijaita Singh, Hindustan Times

The colour just went out of Poonam Karkara’s life one day. Instead of bright salwar-kameez ensembles, she now steps out of home in grey tracksuits.

Karkara’s life-altering moment arrived in the form of two motorcycle-borne snatchers, a couple of months ago. The Sector 6 resident and her little son were returning home in a cycle-rickshaw after shopping for clothes. Karkara had placed her money in the shopping bag.

In a flash, the men were upon them. They snatched the bag and sped out of sight before Karkara could raise an alarm.
Since that day, the 36-year-old housewife makes it a point to step out of home in a tracksuit. That way, at least her phone and money are safely tucked away inside pockets.

“After that incident, I don’t carry my bag to the market. If I go out, I wear a tracksuit so that I can keep my mobile phone and money in its pocket. And I don’t wear jewellery anymore,” said Karkara.

Her eyes still well up at the thought of what could have happened that day. “My little son was with me in the rickshaw. What if they had taken him away?”

When HT met Karkara, she was still dressed in her grey Adidas tracksuit, as she was returning from the nearby market.

Police See No Evil
In Dwarka, touted as the largest sub-city of Asia and Delhi’s modern face, everybody — unless they are a part of the police force — knows somebody who has been a victim of snatchers.

Going by police records, though, only 13 cases of snatching had occurred in the sub-city till May 31 this year. However, HT met 14 other Dwarka residents, who claimed they had been robbed or mugged during the same period but the police had not registered their complaints.
Even in Karkara’s case, the police did not show up despite repeated calls. No case was registered.
“When we go to the police, they do not register cases. They ask our women to wear less jewellery. Dwarka boasts of multi-storey buildings and smooth, wide roads, yet the women don’t feel safe here anymore. They go out burdened with the fear of someone pouncing on them from behind for their bag and jewellery,” said MK Gupta, member of Dwarka Forum, a residents’ welfare association.

While residents say cases of snatching are underreported, the police have a ready defence. They blame Dwarka’s wide roads and lack of speed-breakers for the snatchers’ free run.

“Almost all roads in Dwarka are laid out at right angles. There are no speed-breakers. Even if we put up a picket on one side of the road, there are so many other escape routes for the culprits,” said K Jagadeshan, deputy commissioner of police (southwest).

Jagadeshan said most of the snatchers come from the poorer neighbourhoods like Bindapur and Palam surrounding Dwarka. “Many of them are first-time offenders.”
‘We will pull up officers who do not lodge cases’

Interview with Ajay Kashyap, Joint Commissioner of Police (southern range)

Cases of snatching and mugging are the order of the day in Dwarka. Residents say police discourage them from registering cases. Your comment?
If policemen are found not registering cases, we would take strict departmental action against them.

What are the measures Delhi Police has taken to check crime in the area?
We have intensified beat patrolling in Dwarka. We initiated a drive to catch motorcyclists involved in acts of snatching.

Is one police station enough for such a vast area?
proposal to set up a new police station is under consideration. The Ministry of Home Affairs has been apprised of it, and the new police station will be functional soon.

What is the police strength at Dwarka police station?
Dwarka has a sanctioned strength of 140 policemen, but the present strength stands at 105.

How many police control room vans patrol the area?
Eleven PCR vans patrol the area; there is a proposal to get more vans.

What are the measures of beat patrolling and basic policing adopted in the area?
Each beat is patrolled by a head constable and two constables, who are supervised by an assistant sub-inspector or more senior officer. They report to the station house officer.

Any message to instill a sense of confidence in the public?
Policemen have not been instructed to avoid registering cases, to keep the crime graph under control. We firmly believe in free and fair registration of cases.

(Ajay Kashyap spoke to Vijaita Singh)

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