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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Athkheliyan- Annual Inter-School series of competitions celebrated at SVIS, Dwarka

“Strength doesn’t come from winning; your struggles develop your strengths”. The concept of developing stronger, better and more confident personalities was the underlying principle of ‘Athkheliyan 2010’, the Annual Inter-School series of competitions. This commitment of S.V.I.S. family for developing Multiple Intelligences in children was held on 26th August, 2010. SVIS played host to 280 participants from Classes Pre-School to IInd from 28 prestigious schools of Delhi.

Athkheliyan 2010’ generated immense interest in creative arts, physical fitness and IT skills. The event was declared open by Ms. Nita Arora, Principal S.V.I.S., who along with other dignitaries lit the ceremonial lamp to invoke the blessings of the Almighty. The panel of eminent judges for the event included Mr. Akhilesh Pandey (Journalist), Ms. Savitri Singh (Head, IIT Campus Play School), Mr. Pratiyush (Theatre Dir.), Ms. Savita & Ms. Neeru Bhargava (Dance Gurus). The events were designed keeping in mind the inclination and the age group of the participants. Special venues were designated for different competitions like Skill Relay, MS-Paint, Creativity with sensitivity, Indian Folk Dance, Clay Moulding, Bal Kavi, Story Retold. The competition was of very high caliber and one was left marvelling at the competence of the young ones. The auditorium was filled with feelings of thrill, apprehension and excitement when the prize distribution ceremony began. The winners for various events were declared and were honoured with certificates of merit, medals and trophies by Mr. Sailander Solanki Chairman S.V.I.S., Principal SVIS, Ms. Nita Arora and the panel of judges. The host school displayed true sportsmanship and did not compete for the trophies. Therefore, the positions were upgraded for the other schools. The Third & Second Runners up were Venkateshwar Global School, Rohini with 130 points & Venkateshwar Ineternational School, Sector-10 with 140 points respectively. The First Runners up was Indraprastha International School with a total of 160 points and the winner of the event was S.V.I.S. with a high score of 270 points. The Overall Rolling Trophy was graciously passed on to Indraprastha International School, Dwarka.

In her vote of thanks Ms. Nita Arora congratulated all the participants, mentors and their parents for being a part of this magnificent journey called ‘Athkheliyan’ where ‘We all are best’ echoed, rather than ‘I am the best!’. She dedicated the competition to the talent of the students and emphasized on the role of a teacher in exploring the true potential of the students. She motivated schools to think beyond academics and encouraged them to nurture and nourish the child holistically.

The event was a grand success and left an indelible print on the personalities of the students.

HOW THE DDA’s PRIORTORISE LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT’S SECRETARIAT?

M K Gupta

If you do not get reply of your letter from the DDA for one year, you should not sulk. Reason, DDA also gives reply to the Presidents Secretariat after over an year. Shri KC Jayarajan, Addl. Comptroller, President’ Sectt., Public II-Section, Rashtrapati Bhavan sent a letter to DDA on 21.8.2009 asking about the inclusions of name of one applicant’s named Amit in the DDA Housing Scheme, 2008. The applicant has lodged his complaint on the President’s Public Grievance portal last year.

Shri S K Jain, Director (H), DDA has sent reply to this letter through his letter No. F-3(Misc).09/ RTI/ LIG(H) on 26th August this year, exactly after one year and one week, with a copy to the Applicant. The number of letter shows that the letter from the President of India has been treated as Miscellaneous.

What to say about the DDA for treating the Head of Government in this manner?

Monday, August 30, 2010

AN RTI ACTIVIST SACRIFICES LIFE EVERY AFTER 25-DAY TO FIGHT CORRUPTION

MAHARASHTRA TOPS IN MURDERS
M K Gupta,
9810550172



Date-----------------------Name, Age, State-----------------------------FAULT

27/28th August 2010-----Ramdas, 41, Maharasthra--------Trying to expose corruption in PDS

20th July, 2010-----------Amit Jethwa, 33, Gujrat--------Exposing illegal mining allegedly by BJP leader.

26.5.10----------------Datta Patil, 47, Maharashtra--------Was closed to Anna Hazare, exposed many cases of corruption in Police and Municipal Corporation.

21.4.10------------------Vittal Gite, 39, Maharashtra--------Exposed irregularities in a village school using RTI

11.4.10----------------------Sola Ramnga Rao, 30, Andhra Pradesh-----Exposed corruption in funds for drainage system

26.2.10-----------------Arun Sawant, Maharashtra-----------Opened front with the help of RTI against the Badalpur Municipal Corpn and local leaders.

14.2.10-------------------Shashidhar Mishra, Bihar Popularly known as “Khabri Lal”, ---------exposed scams in the welfare schemes through RTI at local panchayat and block level.

11.2.10-----------------Vishram Laxman Dodiha, Gujarat-----------------------Asked for information against illegal electric connection after his refusal to withdraw the RTI application, was shot dead while returning home from Police Station wherein he refused to withdraw RTI appln.

13.1.2010------------------Satish Shetty, 30, MaharashtraHas ------------------blown the whistle on a series of land scams.

Government should order an independent inquiry into the mysterious death of RTI activist, Mr Ramdass-Bapuji-Ubale Ghadegaonkar in Nanded to clear the apprehension of the involvement of the PDS scamsters because of Mr Ramdass campaign against the corruption in the distribution of Kerosene and other items.

To nullify the ill-intentions of murderous, local RTI/Social activists should continue the campaign by exposing the corruption in PDS with the help of RTI and other tools. Local activists should continue to file RTI applications to expose and stop corruption in PDS so that poors can get their right entitlement of oil and other items distributed under PDS.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Support SOS Children Village

SOS India – Filling a need


Our Mission

We build families for parentless children and children in need, we help them shape their own futures and share in the development of their communities.
Each SOS Children’s Village is based on four principles.

The Mother: Each child has a caring parent
Brothers & Sisters: Family ties grow naturally
The House: Each family creates its own home
The Village: The SOS family is a part of the community

SOS Children's Villages' unique family concept

• Each SOS Children’s Village constitutes of 15-20 family homes
• The SOS family consists of 9 or 10 children, who share their lives as brothers and sisters
• They grow together in the care of an SOS mother – like in any family
• Children attend local schools and keep in close contact with neighbouring families

SOS Children's Villages' of India

40 Children's Villages across the country including facilities for Tibetan children and a new village at Mumbai.

6000 Children are growing up in SOS-India Children's Villages Around the country today. This is the 3rd generation we are bringing up.

SOS-India is also reaching out to over 15,000 children through our community based family strengthening programme.

Building self-reliant and contributing members of society...

• About 3,500 children who grew up in our care at various Children’s Villages across the country are now settled in life.

• Many of our children are studying in various universities outside India – in Canada, Italy, Norway and USA.

• Our children are engaged in a wide range of professions including medicine, nursing, IT, engineering, teaching, management, social work, etc.

Many of our children are self-employed in small industries of their own and a good number of our young adults are in the Army and in the Army Nursing Services.

The problem of needy children in India is gigantic. In its own small way SOS Children’s Villages of India is trying to reach out to more and more children and families who are in need of long-term care.

Children in need become contributing and caring members of society because of the support received from generous and socially aware individuals. SOS-India is able to take care of many thousands of children in need because of partnership with such generous individuals.

With the help and support of sponsors, friends and well wishers, and careful planning SOS Children’s Villages of India is striving hard to realize many dreams.

How you can help us…

Option 1. Sponsor For a Child

Through this partnership you can contribute to the nurturing of a child with sponsorship amount of Rs. 6000/- per child per year.

Your sponsorship amount will help to partly meet the nutritional, clothing and medical needs of a child growing up in a SOS Children’s Village.

In return for your contribution of Rs. 6000/- you will receive a photograph and details of the child you have sponsored.

Option 2. Sponsor For a Child and that Child’s Education
Option 3. Sponsor For 10 Children
Option 4. Sponsor For a Child Exclusively
Option 5. Sponsor For 10 Children and their Education
Option 6. Sponsor For a Child and that Child’s Education Exclusively

Benefits to Donor:

 Bonding with the child through regular updates on the progress of the sponsored child in terms of education, health, achievements, birthdays etc. that would be shared with you.

 Servicing through regular newsletters, mailers and online messenger services making you a part of the SOS family.

Let a small part of your salary gift a child a home and a family forever.
You will feel the thrill and joy of your donation lighting up a life and helping a flower to bloom!
Join this movement and make a meaningful difference in the lives of children in need.
Cheque or Demand Draft

Through Cheque /demand draft drawn in favour of “SOS Children’s Villages of  India”. This can be sent to us at:

SOS Children's Villages of India
Plot No - 4, C-1 Institutional Area,
Nelson Mandela Marg, Vasant Kunj,
New Delhi - 110 070
or you may call our executive to collect it.

"All donations to SOS-India are 100% tax exempt under section 35 AC (80 GGA) of the Income Tax Act, 1961"  Thanks.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

MPs’ Salary and other Perquisites

R.D. Bhardwaj
The salaries of the Members of Parliament have been initially increased from Rs. 16,000/- to Rs. 50,000/- on the 20th August, 2010 and Constituency Allowance from Rs.20,000/- to Rs. 40,000/-, Secretarial Allowance from Rs. 5,000/- to Rs. 10,000/- and Daily Allowance from Rs. 1,000/- to Rs. 2,000/- per day. Surprisingly, most of MPs were not happy with this three-fold increase and continued building pressure on Govt. to further hike it to substantial level. Astonishingly, all MPs except MPs of CPI were very critical of this three-fold increase and termed it minimal and voiced their concern that it should be better enhanced to Rs. 80,000/-. It is also a matter of astonishment that all the MPs were so quick to respond and unanimous in their approach to reward themselves with fabulous hike, that they stalled the proceedings of the Parliament over this matter. They refused to accept this fabulous increase and extracted an assurance from the Finance Minister that he would take-up the matter with the PM. Later on, the Finance Minister discussed up the matter with the Prime Minister and thus, finally their wages were enhanced by another Rs. 10,000/- and likewise, all other allowance were also enhanced liberally, thereby making an MP to take home Rs. 1.45 lakh every month, which is around 3.75 times hike over their previous salary. In addition to it, they are also entitled to hundreds of free rail and air fares every year. Their pension has also been increased from Rs. 8,000/- to Rs. 20,000/-. This increase will cost the national exchequer an additional burden of Rs. 108 crores per annum.

Taking a clue from the MPs, Delhi Govt. has also doubled the salaries of its MLAs and sent the proposal to the Lieutenant Governor, putting an additional burden of Rs. 4.00 crores. Now other States will not lag behind in enhancing the salaries of their MLAs on the same footings. It is a pity that when common men are reeling under the phenomenal price rise of all the essential commodities, instead of ameliorating their sufferings, government has increased the salaries of MPs and MLAs overnight. It is another matter that, in Delhi, 57 CGHSs are ready for the last 4/5 years and their managing committees have approached RCS and Delhi Govt. many a time for conducting their draw of lots for more than 6,000 flats, but the same is being delayed on one pretext or the other. Concerned authorities have become just insensitive to the problems and sufferings of the more than 6,000 society members.

It is quite relevant to mention here that the wages of the bank employees were increased in the 1st week of April this year by just 17.50% and this meagre hike could be achieved after a long and arduous struggle spanning over 30 months, out of which many a time they had to resort of strikes and their wages were cut for the period of strikes. Not only that fresh option for giving pension to the employees was accepted by the IBA only after the trade unions agreed for the deduction of 30% of the employees’ contribution also to the provident fund subscription. Nowhere in the history of the government employees, have their salaries been increased the way these MPs and MLAs have got theirs. It would have been certainly better and more rational if the Govt. had constituted a commission which could have studied the matter by keeping in mind the rate of inflation and then recommended for revising the same. But the way MPs and MLAs have rewarded themselves with such a lavish hike, looks like nothing short of grabbing the tax payers’ money, the majority of which is suffering under the burden of inflation, particularly for the last one year. Another question which comes to mind is that - have these politicians been ever sensitive to the plight of the people whom they represent? Do they ever realise the woes and sufferings of public and so eager to solve their problems that they have rewarded themselves which such a fantastic increase ? The answer to this question is “an emphatic No.” If you conduct a survey on the performance of these MPs and MLAs, you will find that not more than 10% of the people will be satisfied in their constituencies.

More than 90% of the MPs / MLAs do not turn-up and listen to the problems of their electorates after winning elections. This is a hard fact of their behaviour and attitude towards their electorates, more particularly after the death of late PM, Mrs. Indira Gandhi. That is why even after 64 years of independence, still there are thousands of villages where roads have not been made, streets do not have proper lights, people lack medical facility, 50% of the children do not get education beyond school level, old-age pension is not being provided to more than 50% of the eligible villagers, people do not get clean drinking water, there are thousands of villages where ladies have to walk one or two kms to fetch drinking water, particularly in Orissa, Rajasthan and Nagaland. Power supply the rural areas is still very erratic and the people are forced to make use of kerosene lamps, proper and covered drainage system is still a mirage not only in the villages, but also in the small cities and towns. During the rainy season like the current one, banks of most of the rivers are breached / broken and the over-flowing rivers cause huge damage to the life and properties, as hardly 10% of the rivers are cemented and their banks raised. Apart from this, another factor that becomes a major cause of floods every year is that - river beds should be dredged and made deeper by culling out extra soil which gets settled down there after every rainy season. But, sadly enough, this work is not undertaken and that is why, the plight of most of rivers is almost the same; whether it flows through Punjab, Haryana, UP, Jharkhand or Bihar. No doubt, crores of funds are allocated every year for cleaning of the major rivers by dredging and culling out the garbage etc., but this work is undertaken on papers only. Practically speaking, fate of all the rivers, which are our eternal source of water needs for so many purposes, remains more or less the same. If this work is done and the funds earmarked for the said purpose are utilised honestly and properly, I do not think that any river will then cause floods and damages worth crores of rupees. Millions causes of extra water which flows during the splurging rainy season shall also be utilised to the maximum benefit of mankind and to meet the industrial and agricultural requirements.

The basic cause of such a sickening malady is that – instead of taking timely decisions and implementing them in true sense of letter and spirit, problems are kept lingering on for years together. Even when some decision is taken at a later date, it is taken not keeping in mind the interest of the common people or for the society as whole, but by keeping in mind as to what is politically convenient / beneficial to the leader or the party in power.

Secondly, I remember when late PM, Mr. Rajiv Gandhi was in power, in one his speeches he lamented that out of every single rupee which the Central Govt. sanctions for the big projects, just 16 paise reach the real beneficiary and rest all 84 paise just go into the pockets of so many leaders and officers at different levels. Who is responsible for such a high level of pilferage of money, resulting in corruption, scams and kick-backs etc.? Needless to mention here that like every kind of discipline, financial discipline also flows from top to bottom. If our leaders are men of exemplary courage, honesty and integrity, senior bureaucrats and other officers shall also follow their traits. And mind it, reverse is also equally true. That is why, there is such a large spread of corruption in every sphere of life and the maximum amount of black money in Swiss Banks (Rs. 1,86,000 crores) belongs to India amongst all the nations of the world. And sadly enough, in spite of such a grim and alarming situation, nothing substantial is being done to curtail corruption and financial irregularities within India and also bring huge wealth from the Swiss banks back to the people. The reason is simple, in reality there is hardly any leader of such a mature calibre who can catch the bull by its horns and tame it to the maximum benefit of people of India. IPL and Commonwealth Games 2010 are the latest glaring examples of such high level of corruption prevailing and eating into the vitals of our society.

6th Pay Commission Report was accepted by the Central Govt. in August 2008 and the Central Government employees have also been paid arrears on account of their wage revision. But, there are still some states Govts. like Bihar, Jharkhnd, MP and J&K etc. who have not implemented the same even after two years and the employees of these states feel as if they have been cheated by their own representatives. Then how did these MPs and MLAs got their salaries increased lavishly without giving a small hike to their employees? It speaks volumes of their intention and treatment of people whom they represent. It has become just a ritual amongst the today’s politicians to pay obeisance to Mahatma Gandhi on 30th January and 2nd October every year, but practically they have reduced the noble profession of service of common people to a simple business proposition; where they enjoy a lot of power, pelf, facilities and perquisites with least sense of responsibility. The irony of fate is that, there also no provision for the “recall” of such non-performing public representatives. Gone are days when great visionary leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, JL Nehru, Sardar Patel, Dr. BR Ambedkar, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Mrs. Indira Gandhi used their political acumen to the service of the people. Now-a-days, these politicians work on the principal of “Me First and My family First”. Unless this trend is reversed, India’s dreams of becoming a fully developed nation at par with USA, UK, Germany, France, China and Australia, shall remain a mirage only and these rich nations shall continue to make a mockery of one billion plus Indians.

The fate of around 40 % of our population which lives below poverty line, cannot be turned around in such a scenario. Today we need “no non-sense men” and leaders and bureaucrats who have calibre, honesty and integrity like those of T.N. Seshan, G.R. Khairnar, K.J. Alphonse, Beant Singh, E. Shridharan, Julio Ribeiro, A.S. Vaidya and Swami Ramdev ji etc., who, on one hand, can have the guts to punish the guilty, and on the other, bring all round development, progress and prosperity to all the corners of India, without any impartiality and thereby, take India at par with other developed nations around the globe. The class of self-seeking politicians do not deserve to be in power any more.

7th BLOOD DONATION CAMP BY DWARKALAYA in Sector-4, DWARKA

DWARKALAYA (Regd.)

Has pleasure to announce the

7th BLOOD DONATION CAMP

Organized in collaboration with
ROTARY CLUB OF DELHI – SOUTH EAST
On Sunday, 29 August 2010
From 10.00 a.m. to 03.00 p.m.
At
AAKRITI APARTMENTS
Sector 4, Plot 6, Dwarka

All are requested to attend the camp and donate blood to save the humanity.
For details contact: Sh. Santhakumar (9818084125), Sh. Jaishankar (9810116465),
Sh. Krishnan (9810874834), Sh. Piyush (9810476682)


Friday, August 27, 2010

“Developing Listening and Speaking Skills in Young Learners”

Seminar organized by University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

At Sri VIS, we not only believe in facilitating learning but also in sharpening our existence. We strive for excellence and aim to impart the same to our students. We aspire for international standards and our effort is to prepare our children to win acclaim globally.


Therefore, SVIS organised a seminar on “Developing Listening and Speaking Skills in Young Learners” conducted by the University of Cambridge under the ESOL programme on 26th Aug’10. SVIS played host to 22 primary level English teachers from 7 schools in Dwarka.

Principal SVIS, Ms Nita Arora welcomed the resource persons Mr. Manish Puri , Mr. Ronald Michael, and Ms Shalika from University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. She also welcomed the participants who came from different schools. She said that the need for international standards of English in India creates new challenges for teachers and trainers of English and there is a need of development and benchmarking of English Teachers to ensure they are able to bring students who learn English as a second language up to international levels.

Mr. Manish Puri and Mr. Ronald Michael from University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations enlightened the teachers about the ESOL (English for speakers of Other Languages) Examinations for English language assessment. Cambridge ESOL is the leading global provider of English tests and certificates for learners and teachers of all ages and levels. They operate in over 140 countries and over 2 million candidates take up a Cambridge ESOL exam in a year. Cambridge ESOL has a range of language qualifications for Primary School, Middle School and High School Students.

The facilitator for the programme, Ms Shalika- trainer from Cambridge shared views with teachers on focusing on skill based learning with equal importance on Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking as well as assessing all the four skills in the schools. She shared her experience of creating an environment of fun for learning especially for a skill like English language. The seminar aimed at developing the Listening and Speaking skills for young Learners and incorporating these skills through activities in the daily classroom teaching. The teachers also got an opportunity to get acquainted with global approaches to second language teaching.

She also shared with the audience information on the Cambridge YLE (Young Learners English) tests that are available for children between ages 6 – 12 in three levels (Starters, Movers & Flyers). These tests help a child to demonstrate their English language skills that are benchmarked globally and have a positive impact on the child’s learning. Every child who takes a Cambridge Young Learners English Test receives an official Award, issued by Cambridge.

The workshop was interactive and a great learning experience for all the teachers who attended it.

AoL Dwarka celebrating Jamasthami

JHULA JHULE NAND LALA

JHULE NAND LALA JHULE NAND LALA


Let your children dress like Krishana’s and Radha’s.
Come in large numbers to make the evening enjoyable.
Lets' celebrate the festival of Jamasthami –
the Birth of Lord Krishna with devotion and fervor,
with Dance and Masti with Art of Living Satsang on

Saturday, 28th August 2010
@ Prashanti Dham (Sai Mandir), Sector 9, Dwarka
@ 7.00 pm onwards.

Do not miss the pride and joy you will feel happy while singing the baby krishna in Jhulla.
With love and best wishes

Shilpika and Sanjeev Juneja

9818025632 / 9871292714

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Infrastructure is the flavour of the season

Vijay K Saluja
Senior Fellow, Institute of Social Sciences- New Delhi,
Ex Chief Engineer[civil], New Delhi Municipal Council

Infrastructure is the flavour of the season in the kitchen of UPA Govt..Right from the PMO to Ministry of Transport Planning Commission, State Govt to local bodies, every wing of the concerned govt department, is now assiduously taking various steps to augment the infrastructure in the country. Infrastructure broadly covers Airports, Highways, Ports, Power, Railways & Telecom sectors.

It has been realized that the world class infrastructure is the key to a globally competitive economy & achievement of sustained double digit growth by India will only be possible if the infrastructure of the country achieves quantum growth.

There the Government has taken various steps to achieve the desired objectives.In fact,this is the priority of the government.That is why,the Committee on Infrastructure[CoI] under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister was constituted on 31st August,2004 which was subsequently substituted by the Cabinet Committee of Infrastructure[CCI} on July 6,2009 again under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister. The mandate of this Committee is to review policies & projects across various sectors of infrastructure..

To supplement the efforts there is a full fledged secretariat for infrastructure in the Planning Commission which is also involved in initiating policies that would ensure time bound creation of well, planned, designed & executed infrastructure/ It will match with international standards. Also explore & facilitate maximizing the role of public-private partnerships[PPP] and as well monitor progress of key infrastructure projects to ensure that established targets are achieved.

No of projects in various sectors are in the pipeline & at various stages of executions at Central, State & Local levels.

As highways & roads are one of the most visible sector used by everyone, it is prudent for the government to give it a pride of place in giving priority in allocation of funds to this sector & the same is being done, too.

Apart from allocation of funds by the Govt, infrastructure Fund with an allocation of Rs 50,000 crores has also been mooted at the initiative of the Planning Commission & Deepak Parekh expert group is studying & recommending various measures so that this fund is used by the road & shipping sector in proper time without slacking of their activities.

A no of schemes in road sector all already at various stages of execution.Some of these are East-West corridor, North- South corridor & then the PMSRY.

The high growth in infrastructure is considered necessary to target 10% economic growth in the XII th Plan[2012-2017] therefore huge funds are needed for the development of infrastructure.

During an infrastructure summit in Delhi, the prime Minister announced a revision of the investment target to 1trillion dollar in the XII th Plan compared to 500billion $ in the current Five year Plan.

But having considered all the efforts of the PMO, Planning Commission & the Ministry of Transport to mobilize funds & thereafter allocating to various executing organizations, it is also very imperative for the country & the Government to expect that all these funds are used judiciously for the development of quality infrastructure in the country.

However,there are big gaps between expectations & realities.

Let us face it-there is corruption,leakage of funds, ill-planned/designed schemes, badly executed with poor quality & thus less durability.

Recent arrests of two senior-level officers of National Highways Authority of India speaks for itself the dilution of values, ethics, integrity & professionalism in this vital area of development. There are examples galore of kick-backs in the award of contracts, huge delays in execution of works-one of the glaring example are works in JNNURM & other highway projects.

It is imperative for the PMO & the Planning Commission to as well induct into the system ETHICAL –LEADERSHIP, PROFESSIONAL INTEGRITY & GOOD GOVERNANCE OF PROJECTS.

Then, the returns will be much better, quicker & durable as these will be of good quality.

Legal reforms are a priority

Joginder Singh ji
Former Director - CBI

Minor amendments to existing laws can radically transform our justice delivery system. The Government must act without delay

The Government spends crores of rupees in setting up committees and commissions to discover what is wrong with its own functioning and how it can become more people-friendly. However, there are a few things that it can do and there are some things all of us can and should do as citizens. Obeying the law, for example, is a duty and not a favour done. The truth remains that the Government knows very well what is wrong. It sets up its commissions and committees only as a cover for inaction and to avoid accountability.

The public is no longer shocked by traffic accidents — whether it involves the death of one or that of a dozen people and whether it is caused by recklessly driven Blueline buses or by expensive cars with spoilt children of the rich and influential at the wheel. A teenager driving a fast car ran over a young engineering student and his five-year-old cousin riding a motorcycle in Chandigarh.

An eyewitness said that the teenager was drunk at the time of the accident but after she surrendered the next day, she was not charged with drunken driving. After her surrender, she was promptly given bail. Incidentally, she is a student in the US where punishment for such an offence is much more serious and entails permanent dispossession of driving licence.

But cancelling a driving licence in our country is a tortuous process. It is rarely done and in case it is there are plenty of ways to get hold of a new one — either genuine or fake. This is because the Government does not have a national register of driving licences as in the case of all-India arms licences or a national register of citizens.

The maximum punishment for this crime under the law is two years imprisonment if found guilty. Data collated for 2007 show that India registered 4,18,657 road accidents with 1,14,590 fatalities which comes to 314 casualties per day, 13 deaths per hour and a death every five minutes. We are still following the laws given to us by the British in 1863. According to these, there is a fine distinction between an act of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and a murder committed with a motive or malice. But a killing is still a killing whether it is caused by a truck or a car or any other vehicle.

In the national capital in 2007, there were 851 fatal incidents in which a total of 2,141 people died and 7,695 were injured. There were only 211 murder cases in the city in the same period. Statistics showing deaths on the road numbering over one lakh still did not awaken the somnolent Government to the gravity of the issue.

Those accused in the Satyam scam (put variously at `24,000 crore to `35,000 crore) were given bail on health ground. The Satyam case is nothing but a mockery of justice. The CBI has traced more than 400 fictitious companies floated by the main accused B Ramalinga Raju and his associates for the purpose of diverting the alleged proceeds of the crime. Nearly 2,000 acres of land, acquired by Raju and his family with the proceeds of the fraud, has been identified by the CBI.

Incidentally, Raju had confessed to fraud worth `7,000 crore on January 7, 2009. The point here is that once the accused has confessed his crime, do we need to go on with the hearings producing witness after witness in court and prolonging the trial for years on end? A simple amendment to the law to the effect that after an accused has voluntarily confessed to a crime the court shall proceed to dispose of the case on the basis of his confession can solve the problem. The heavens will not fall and no right of the accused guaranteed under the Constitution will be adversely affected because to be admissible in a court of law, such a confession must be recorded before a judicial magistrate. Indeed, it will send the right message — that the accused has been punished on the basis of his own confession.

The same is the case involving the surviving terrorist in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks in which, even after two years, the accused is yet to get his just desserts. With such an approach, are we not giving ordinary citizens the impression that the law is keener to provide escape routes to criminals instead of punishing them as they deserve?

On August 17, the Supreme Court observed that “the criminal justice system is either crumbling or has crumbled” after taking note that the High Courts had stayed trials and later forgotten about the cases. According to the information furnished to the Supreme Court, 10,541 criminal trials were stayed by Allahabad High Court. Of these, nine per cent had been pending for more than 20 years and 21 per cent for over a decade. This means stay of trial in 30 per cent of heinous offences continued for more than 10 years.

The judiciary is proclaimed by the high and mighty as one of the pillars of good governance and democracy but successive Governments have starved it of the funds and wherewithal to improve the justice delivery system.

It is a fact that the Government had meted out stepmotherly treatment to the judiciary leading to a huge pendency of cases in subordinate courts. The Chief Justice of India observed on August 18, “The time has come for the judiciary to raise its own resources to meet expenses on account of judicial infrastructure, which is lacking in several States.” The court has decided to set up a special purpose vehicle under which money, as and when raised, would be earmarked for “judicial infrastructure”.

In 2004, the Prime Minister, while addressing a conference of Chief Ministers and Chief Justices, had said that Government litigation including appeals which mostly fail accounts for 70 per cent of the cases and it is these cases that get a hearing at the cost of citizens’ cases. He had also observed that such appeals should not have been filed in the first instance.

But as the Punjabi saying goes, ek juun vi nahi hilli, and no steps have been taken to rectify the situation. One does not need great intelligence to take corrective measures if one wishes to take them in the first place. If the Government sticks to the stance of masterly inactivity and waits to do anything until it is satisfied that the time is absolutely right, it will be unable to change the present state of affairs. Our Prime Minister is considered the best leader in the world and he should have a solution.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Srimad Bhagavatha Sapthaha Pravachanam

Delhi Kamakoti Kamakshi Meditation & Cultural Centre
SRI DEVI KAMAKSHI MANDIR

“Kamakoti”, A-11, Aruna Asaf Ali Marg, New Delhi -110 067
Phone : 011—26867240 / 26520202.

SRI BAKTHA VIJAYAM
 Pravachanam By Brahmasri Hariji
August 26 to 31, 2010 Daily between 7.00 PM and 9.00 PM

We request you all to participate in large numbers and receive the blessings.

Prayers to Sri Maha Ganapathy, Sri Devi Kamakshi and Sri Acharyals for the welfare of your goodself and your entire family.

Namaskarams,

POLLACHI S. GANESAN

Water logging at Sahabad Mohamaadpur road

सिटिज़न्स रिपोर्टर
मुख्य सड़क के गाँव के  नाले  की  सफाई नहीं होने के  कारण  पानी की  निकासी नहीं हो पाती  और हलकी सी बारिश से गलियों में पानी भर जाता हैं . गाँव के एकमात्र सड़क पर गाँव का सारा पानी जमा हो जाता हैं और घुटने से ऊपर तक भर जाता हैं .
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Sustained dedication, sincere efforts & high dreams are the key factors for successful student.-DR.S.S.Bansal

Our Managing Editor Mr. S. S. DOGRA spoke to Dr. S. S. BANSAL- Educational Counselor.
Dr. Bansal has a vast experience in this field, let us chalk it out what he says about his field:

Counseling: A Comprehensive Profession (6th Edition)What is the concept of counseling?
Ans.
Concept of counseling is vital. It plays a complimentary role in hotch-potch, hurry worry life full of a unnecessary tension. It causes all uneasiness.

Whether the parents are aware of counseling?
Ans.
No parents are not fully aware parents attitude is quite different as their expectation are higher than reality. Generally they ;prefer short cut methods, which causes harm and hampers the performance of the students. Generally students score less mark, their preparation urban parents are more co-operative than that of metros.

Who are the most worried parent, business class, service class or self employed?
Ans.
Really no body is interested for future. As they have no plans for future. Parents have no time to think specially business class about the future of their ward. Yest to some extent self-employed and service people have little concerned we can say adequate concern.

When counseling is required?
Ans.
When a student get his voice box visible on his front neck or his voice changes his frequency roughly we can say in 8th or 9th class. Because no one plans to fail but fail to plan. They must consult as and when required certain hormones changes future planning and adolescence age problem.

The World of the Counselor: An Introduction to the Counseling ProfessionWhat are the qualities a Counselor should possess?
Ans.
A counselor must have knowledge on child psychology, problem of youth in teenagers and for career where his/her interest lies. Candid opinion what student can help a lot on a biased opinion by parent.

What are the expectation of parents from counselor?
Parents expects a lot from a counselor specially in the field of marks orientation. But their expectations are more important to the caliber of their wards, more over they entrust their ward within their own liking.

How can a counselor help the student?
Ans.
A counselor can give rough idea about the attitude of the student How to co-operate and implement the views & counselor is totally neglected most of the parents.

What are the charges of consultation?
Of course, it's absolutely free for registered member of Dwarkaparichay.com. But in special case where mingled psi is concerned then an IQ Test is conducted which charges Rs.1000/- per head.

Counseling ChildrenWhether there are counseling institution in Delhi? Please name few?
There are many institutions for counseling. They are having their different methods caliber and approaches. But can not name any one because it will cause some misunderstanding.

What is the importance of counselor and how his advise can bring fruit?
Yes it is a question of all concerned. If any students acts according to the advises of counselor The student will take care of his I.Q. with optimum potentials and proper path career counsellng should not be optional. One decided the student must strict to it.

Q. What is the image of counselor in the mind of students?
Generally the mind of students is fully occupied with their personal approaches. They can not think beyond it. When any counselor gives him right observation & timely advice student can never forget his counsellor.

What Smart Students Know: Maximum Grades. Optimum Learning. Minimum Time.Q.Generally, what are the various problem faced by the student. Please specify their nature?
Ans.
Synchronization, Time management, paper attempting techniques, Systematic & Sequential preparations for exams, Expecting Quick results within short time span, Ambiguous target, Misconceptional attitudes, prejudiced notions, Multidirectional efforts, Lack of competitive spirits, adoption of shortcuts methods, Examination phobia.

Q. Nowadays it’s craze in the students to attend coaching/tuition classes by paying high amount of charges, is it helpful in strict sense of term to students and parents.
Ans.
Truly speaking, it’s helpless and hamper the growth of the student by adversely affecting the time management of the student, it encourages only multi-directional approaches amongst students Dementia (Forget fullness) fatigue mental exhaustion, lack of confidence, weak memory and poor grasping ability, slow learning and low interact, behaviour disorder irritability, anxiety, aggressiveness & stress are the side effects of so called excellent coaching among the students.

Q. What is your experience in this field?
I am in this field since 1994 and with a mission wander mind to wonder mind so far in ten states more than 1160 schools had been counseled in Punjab, Haryana, UP, Uttrakhand, Delhi, Rajasthan, M.P. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh and more states are seeking my services.

What are the role of teacher, parent in the life of a student?
Role of parents is to implements the ideas and skill of their ward. Teachers role is an important which like farmer who cultivate the mind within knowledge and skill. Teachers’s role can be ignored.
No one plans to fail but fail to plan executives seldom waits event to happen they make its to happen.

How true education can be achieved nowadays where competition is the prime factor?
There is no doubt that the fact that true education is never achieved by an accident. It comes as a result of sustained dedication and sincere efforts, high drams, wise counseling and planned execution with positive optimistic approaches.

If you are serious about your ward's  future then you may contact for personal/ group counseling . For detail please send brief of your requirements to  e-mail:- dwarkaparichay@gmail.com

Monday, August 23, 2010

Rakhi : The Thread of Love

10 Rakhi 5 mukhi rudraksha bead wristband with red threadIn India, festivals are the celebration of togetherness, of being one of the family. Raksha Bandhan is one such festival that is all about affection, fraternity and sublime sentiments. It is also known as Raksha Bandhan which means a 'bond of protection'. This is an occasion to flourish love, care, affection and sacred feeling of brotherhood.

Not a single festival in India is complete without the typical Indian festivities, the gatherings, celebrations, exchange of sweets and gifts, lots of noise, singing and dancing. Raksha Bandhan is a regional celebration to celebrate the sacred relation between brothers and sisters. Primarily, this festival belongs to north and western region of India but soon the world has started celebrating this festival with the same verse and spirit. Rakhi has become an integral part of those customs.

An insight of Rakhi Rituals

Raksha Bandhan - Raakhi Ke Geet
On the day of Rakhi, sisters prepares the pooja thali with diya, roli, chawal, rakhi thread and sweets. The ritual begins with a prayer in front of God, then the sister ties Rakhi to her brother and wishes for his happiness and well-being. In turn, the brother acknowledge the love with a promise to stand by his sister through all the good and bad times.

Sisters tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brothers amid chanting of mantras, put roli and rice on his forehead and pray for his well-being. She bestows him with gifts and blessings. In turn, brothers also wish her a good life and pledges to take care of her. He gives her a return gift. The gift symbolizes the physical acceptance of her love, reminder of their togetherness and his pledge. The legends and the reference in history repeated, the significance of the festival is emphasized.

Unconditional Bond of Love




Raksha Bandhan - Ago BachanRaksha bandhan has been celebrated in the same way with the same traditions for many years. Only the means have changed with the changing lifestyle to make the celebration more elaborate and lively. This day has an inherent power that pulls the siblings together. The increasing distances evoke the desire to be together even more. All brothers and sisters try to reach out to each other on this auspicious day. The joyous meeting, the rare family get-together, that erstwhile feeling of brotherhood and sisterhood calls for a massive celebration.

For everyone, it is an opportunity to reunion and celebrate. People also share tasty dishes, wonderful sweets and exchange gifts. It is a time to share their past experiences also. For those who are not able to meet each other, rakhi cards and e-rakhis and rakhis through mails perform the part of communicating the rakhi messages. Hand made rakhis and self-made rakhi cards are just representation of the personal feelings of the siblings.

Source of Information

Happy Onam

Detail of Floral Decoration Called Pookkallam at Entrance to Shop to Celebrate Onam Festival Artists Photographic Poster Print by Richard I'Anson, 12x16Onam is the biggest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. Onam Festival falls during the Malayali month of Chingam (Aug - Sep) and marks the homecoming of legendary King Mahabali. Carnival of Onam lasts for ten days and brings out the best of Kerala culture and tradition. Intricately decorated Pookalam, ambrosial Onasadya, breathtaking Snake Boat Race and exotic Kaikottikali dance are some of the most remarkable features of Onam - the harvest festival in Kerala. 

Carnival of Onam lasts from four to ten days. First day, Atham and tenth day, Thiruonam are most important of all. Popularity and presentation of rich culture of the state during the carnival made Onam the National Festival of Kerala in 1961. Elaborate feasts, folk songs, elegant dances, energetic games, elephants, boats and flowers all are a part of the dynamic festival called Onam.

Government of India has taken due notice of this vibrant and colorful festival. It promotes Onam internationally in a big way and celebrates 'Tourist Week' for Kerala during Onam celebrations. Thousands of domestic and foreign tourists visit Kerala to be a part of Onam.

The Legend
Story goes that during the reign of mighty asura (demon) king, Mahabali, Kerala witnessed its golden era. Every body in the state was happy and prosperous and king was highly regarded by his subjects. Apart from all his virtues, Mahabali had one shortcoming. He was egoistic. This weakness in Mahabali's character was utilized by Gods to bring an end to his reign as they felt challenged by Mahabali's growing popularity. However, for all the good deed done by Mahabali, God granted him a boon that he could annually visit his people with whom he was so attached.

It is this visit of Mahabali that is celebrated as Onam every year. People make all efforts to celebrate the festival in a grand way and impress upon their dear King that they are happy and wish him well.

Onam Celebrations
Rich cultural heritage of Kerala comes out in its best form and spirit during the ten day long festival. It is indeed a treat to be a part of the grand carnival. People of Kerala make elaborate preparations to celebrate it in the best possible manner.
Onappattukal


The most impressive part of Onam celebration is the grand feast called Onasadya, prepared on Thiruonam. It is a nine course meal consisting of 11 to 13 essential dishes. Onasadya is served on banana leaves and people sit on a mat laid on the floor to have the meal.

Another enchanting feature of Onam is Vallamkali, the Snake Boat Race, held on the river Pampa. It is a colourful sight to watch the decorated boat oared by hundreds of boatmen amidst chanting of songs and cheering by spectators.

There is also a tradition to play games, collectively called Onakalikal, on Onam. Men go in for rigorous sports like Talappanthukali (played with ball), Ambeyyal (Archery), Kutukutu and combats called Kayyankali and Attakalam. Women indulge in cultural activities. They make intricately designed flower mats called, Pookalam in the front courtyard of house to welcome King Mahabali. Kaikotti kali and Thumbi Thullal are two graceful dances performed by women on Onam. Folk performances like Kummatti kali and Pulikali add to the zest of celebrations.

Friday, August 20, 2010

PAINTING COMPETITION in Dwarka on 22 nd August


Southwestern Red Sunset Desert Oil Painting On Canvas Signed By Artist (Unframed)
A Painting Competition
is being organised on
Sunday, 22nd August 2010, Time: 3 PM to 4 PM.
Venue:
Vandana International School, Sector-10, Dwarka

Topic: Price Rise
Categories: There will be 4 categories
2- 5 yrs.... Colouring only (a line drawing will be provided)
5- 8 yrs, 9- 13 yrs And 14-17 yrs
"PEACE" original modern digital art painting on canvas giclee
Prizes 1st .............. Bicycle
2nd.......Wrist Watch
3rd............... I pod
Consolation : 2 in each categories

Note
Drawing Sheets will be provided by the Organiser.
Participants have to bring Pencil/ colour/ paint/ crayon/ drawing board etc
On the spot registration, No participation fee
For Participation and querry call
Mukesh Sinha 9810432185 
Ms. Kamaljeet Sehrawat 9873091233
Ramesh Sharma 9810317410

CRIMES IN DWARKA DECREASES – RESIDENTS URGED TO HOLD FORTNIGHTLY MEETING WITH POLICE

M K Gupta

In recent times, the crime graph in the Dwarka Sub-city has decreased and more staff will join soon after the training of the staff is over soon. This was informed by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Surendra Kumar. In a recent meeting with Dwarka Forum, he informed that the crimes like theft increases during the summer and winter vacations and stressed the need for the sector-wise periodical meetings for more interaction with the residents. He stressed the need to keep a closely monitor the activities on Nigerians and Bangladeshis as some of them are engaged in anti-social activities and cyber-crimes. On the demand of Forum for its representation in the Thana Level Committee, ACP informed the criterion for the membership of Thana Level Committee and assured that he will look into the matter. He informed that the police patrol-bikes will soon have Global Positioning System and added that the problem of traffic jam around the temple at Sector 5/12 crossing will be tackled and opined that to solve the parking problem in the markets, MCD should convert the lanes outside sports complex and DDA office at Sector 5 into paid parking by appointing contractor. Forum President, Rejimon suggested that the CGHS Management should deploy one guard outside the Society to take stock of the situation frequently.

Shri Bhagwan Singh, SHO informed that the Management of Pocket 19(2), DDA Flats have engaged very good security and has conduced self-verifications of tenants and other residents by effecting a some hike in monthly charges and this example should be followed by others. He said that the main reason of chain snatching outside metro stations is because of poor light, the Police and Dwarka Forum will write to authorities for the proper street-lights there. During the discussions, residents came to know that a new police station at section 9 is in the process. Police will be able to deploy more cops near the wine shops for stopping the open drinking after the commonwealth games are over. He said that the report of RWA facilitation Counter is encouraging as more residents now come to police station with their grievances without hiccup. He informed that some catering out-lets have obtained the stay order from the Courts and therefore it is not possible to take action against them for the time being, even though they do not have any valid licences. He said that more security cameras will be installed at the strategic locations in the market and other place as the DDA has reportedly cleared the proposal of control rooms for them. From Dwarka Forum, Shri Rejimon, Rajeev Solanki, Sushil Kumar, Sudha Iyer, Sunil Sareen, M. K. Gupta and others attended the meeting.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dwarka Forum met MCD officials to discuss various civic problems

Citizen's Reporter
 Anoop Rohera

Dwarka Forum had 3 hours long meeting with MCD officials today starting 8AM. Office Administrator, Mr. Ved Prakash who is also looking after Ass. Commissioner’s job, has been in touch with us for several weeks. We have been talking to them to improve sanitation. He along with his 6-7 Inspectors was present at sector 6 market where we discussed ideas to keep markets cleaner.

We took their team to Ramphal Circle, where we noticed lags in sanitation and illegal banners all over. He immediately called his other team to clear all illegal banners, hoardings etc. The team then went ahead and covered various sectors. He agreed that it’s a mess all around and there is an immediate need to tighten everybody.

He has started weekly meeting with all inspectors that cover Dwarka to discuss the progress. He specifically instructed inspectors that he needs 40%-50% improvement in 3 days before his next inspection. He is likely to penalize low performing people. We are all very excited to see their anticipation.

However, there is a lack of coordination among authorities like DDA, Works and Horticulture. There is also lack of clarity in terms of who owns what. Malba is under Wokrs, markets are with DDA, Divider bushes are with Horticulture and so on. We are trying to send some suggestions to MCD Commissioner and talk to DDA for a better coordination. Attandance of ‘Safayee Karamchari’ is also a problem. They often found to be absconding in duty hours.

In the mean time, please be the eye and ears of Dwarka and lodge complaints to various departments. We have published the numbers of DDA and MCD staff many a times. Talk to them, if you face any problem, discuss here and there are plenty of people to help you out. Just telling then that you belong to Dwarka Forum will help a lot since we have been building good repo with them.

Let’s all be good citizens by not littering, using dustbins and teach our children too.

ILL CONNAUGHT PLACE -- A few Remedies?


 Vijay K. Saluja

`DUG UP & DELAYED CP DOWN IN DUMPS`, captioned reporting in Times of India dated 14th August, 2010 & another reporting in TOI of 13th August, under the caption `This malba not mine: Agencies` have given me sufficient impetus to do this article for sharing with the readers my agony & the anguish at the state of project management of the redevelopment of Connaught Place-the Central Business District of New Delhi-the capital of India who is waiting for the `Barat` in October, as averred by the Sports Minister. Though, to my mind, Commonwealth Games have not even a remote semblance to any `Barat`, whatsoever!

Preparations for Commonwealth Games is certainly not akin to any `tyyari for shadi`viz Spending of public funds amounting to thousands of crores [actual figures, I hope, may emerge after the Games are over] in the way, these have been/are being spent in a reckless manner by the `father`, & all the relatives of the `bride` who seem to have a very extra` large family & big circle of friends?!

Having been the first & only Project manager-Connaught Place of New Delhi Municipal Council way back from 1988 to 1990[the post was abolished thereafter!?] I consider it my professional calling to share with the readers & the authorities my views, about the way this Connaught Place Project could have been handled & now what could be done, to salvage the dismal situation..

The effort is not to criticize but to resurrect the glorious image of the prestigious Shopping Centre which has been tarnished as observed by visits to this area by me & many other visitors  & also as per the reports in various newspapers/ TV channels.

First of all, I, personally feel, the New Delhi Municipal Council, could have done better due-diligence for the priority works needed in this bustling Shopping Centre, for the oncoming Commonwealth Games? But, this is no time for that analysis.

 Nevertheless, there is a set procedure & guidelines for approving the preliminary estimates, after the funds allocation/ budget estimates. These are to be duly scrutinized by the Finance Department of the local Body & thereafter are approved by the Council which have non-official & official members presided by the Chairperson who is an IAS officer. The Heads of the Departments viz Financial Advisor, Chief Engineer[civil], Chief Engineer[electrical], Chief Architect, Medical Officers of Health, Director[Horticulture] besides others are also present in the Council meetings to present the cases of their respective departments. Detailed estimates, after finalizing the specifications,/ items to be executed follow thereafter. Accord of technical sanction to the detailed estimates is given by the respective Heads of Departments.Thereafter tenders are invited after tender papers are finalized & tender notices are published in the leading dailies. Time as mandated in the CPWD Manual needs to be given. There is also a prescribed procedure for the pre-selection of the executing agencies, award of works & thereafter the execution, strict monitoring of progress, measurement of works & payment thereof. etc etc, as per the signed agreements with the executing agencies.

All care & thought, thus, is imperative while doing all these exercises to obviate the mess/ situation at work sites.
Connaught Place is in a mess because it appears the prescribed procedures have been given a miss by some of the concerned persons in the local body & the consultants appointed by them!?

The result is there for all to see by actual visits to the area &/or through the photographs in the local dailies/TV channels.The area appears now, a war-ravaged zone-deep craters nay trenches, dug up areas, cables of all sorts, building rubbish, mulba juxtaposed with new building materials, material handling equipments, new equipments, trucks, labour etc etc

Plight of the persons the persons/ traders who are having offices/ businesses/ establishments in this area is miserable to say the least. As the area always attracts tourists-local & international in droves, one can well imagine, what they all are going through, day in day out! What impressions about CP/ Delhi they are carrying back, I wonder?
What about safety of the passers by/ visitos in CP, where so much of construction/ repair is going on?

What about quality of the civil engineering & other related works?
How measurements of the work executed is being done, how the payments are being released, how certificates of adherance to CPWD specifications is being given by the concerned engineers, is an area which certainly needs look into, as  it is a matter of hundreds/ thousands of crores of public funds being spent. What about the durability of the works being executed?
What about the wastage of public funds spent in digging for subways/ installing escalators,  [to name a few avoidable works[ & then filling up the dug up portions? What about costs involved in all these now useless exercises?
Who has been given the authority to waive off, these huge avoidable expenditures? It will be worthwhile to know & put the monitoring system in place besides taking various corrective, preventive & punitive measures.

One can say this is professional and project management at its nadir?!
Let  the concerned stakeholders face it squarely. To err is human.

What needs to be done now, one may ask? A few thoughts---------------

The chairman-NDMC need to appoint an `Apex Body` consisting of administrators/ professionals of integrity & achievement who should oversee on day to day basis & confer with him about any constraints with any executing agencies/ officials & give/ take quick decisions/ solutions.

Some Envelopment work of the façade need to be stopped after fixing priority & could be covered with green covering in the interest of aesthetics/ safety, as is done in incomplete  works of similar nature.

This could be taken up later after CWG.

Corridors, roads toilets signages, roadmarkings, mopping the dug up areas including ensuring no loose electrical cables/ wires,  tending green paces including areas in the Central Park, Palika Bazar, Palika Parking, area around Regal, Hanuman mandir, Madras Hotel, Janpath, Shankar market etc. to be given special attention & top priority.
Existing subways to be spruced up & freed from beggars, hangers-on.
There are many other areas, too which need attention.
The remaining work is also, certainly huge!
Assistance of New Delhi Traders Association & many other Traders Associations operating in various markets in this area need to be actively sought by the NDMC. As it is, all of them are quite sore at the treatment meted out to their area, business, clients, trade.

Proper PR exercise to refurbish the image of the area & the local body as well, may also be started. This will help in boosting the morale of NDMC personnels & as well the users of the area.

Help of Metro Authorities may also be sought.They will be, I am sure, willing to lend their expertise/ resources for the mopping up exercise.

 The Urban Development Ministry Govt of India/ Delhi Govt, who allocated  funds under JNNURM/ Plan Scheme needs to strictly fix priority, monitor the progress to achieve completion of essential works without compromising of quality, avoid wastage & thus ensure optimum utilization.of the funds being spent.

Some may ask-fix the reponsibilty of the erring officials/ executing agencies. But, this is no time to do so. This need to be certainly done after the Games are over, For the same,  the chairman-NDMC may give assurance & as well announce rewards for the people who do expemplary job in the next two months. Meanwhile, persons of right attitude need to be installed.If some need shifting, then it needs to be done without ado.

Here is a test of acumen of our bureaucrats, consultants, engineers, executing agencies. & of course citizens/ traders of the area.
I am sure, they can  live up to it, if proper leadership & motivation is provided by NDMC top management in particular & the concerned Ministries/ Delhi Govt, in general.

Citizens/ media should also give fair feedback to NDMC top management.
Having proper spruced up Connaught Place is in the interest of good image of NDMC/ Delhi/ CWG.

 Writer is
·        Senior Fellow,  Institute of Social Sciences-New Delhi www.issin.org
·        Ex Chief Engineer [civil], New Delhi Municipal Council
·        Ex President, IIT Delhi Alumni Association

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