Education Policy Changes
The Delhi government’s proposal to amend a provision of the Delhi School Education (DSE) Act, 1973, and the enactment of the Delhi School (Verification of Accounts and Refund of Excess Fee) Bill, 2015, may create trouble for the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Agitated private school teachers and Right to Education (RTE) activists are planning to battle the change through massive protests.
The DSE (Amendment) Bill, 2015, tabled in the Assembly by Human Resources Development Minister Manish Sisodia on 20 November proposes to delete Section 10 (1) of the Act, which guarantees that the employees of recognised private schools get salaries and other benefits equal to their counterparts at government schools.
Educationists and RTE raise serious concerns.
“The proposed amendment completely takes away the right to pay parity of all the employees of recognised private schools guaranteed by Section 10(1) of the DSE Act, 1973, which mandates that pay and other benefits of the employees of a recognised private school shall not be less than those paid to their counterparts working in government schools. Government Delivery of Services
The Delhi government has floated a suggestion that can drastically ease the problems of work delays and inefficiencies in public offices. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal told the press that a proposal was under works to expedite the process using which citizens can claim compensation for services delayed by government departments. A legislation in this regard is to be tabled in the next assembly session.
There are a total of 371 services that cover almost all departments as of now but chief minister has asked the head of departments to review the list.
Previously, applicants were allowed to claim compensation for delays but the process was not automatic. As per the Delhi AAP government, due to the wrong design of existing laws, no claim for compensation has been filed so far in the last three years. Janlokpal Bill
The introduction of the Delhi Janlokpal Bill, 2015, in the assembly saw joyous celebrations on the premises by the ruling AAP, which has a strength of 67 in the 70-member House, Monday evening.
Describing it as a culmination of their struggle for a strong anti-graft law that started with Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement in 2011, AAP MLAs, ministers, and the deputy speaker too, joined the celebratory mode of songs and dance, as drums played.
AAP members brought Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on their shoulders to the assembly porch to be a part of the celebrations on the nippy evening.
“I can say this without a doubt that this is the strongest anti-corruption bill in independent India. Of all the anti-corruption laws thought about, conceived or drafted — let alone passed, because such a bill has never been passed — in independent India, I believe, that this is the most powerful and strong bill,” said Kejriwal.
“When this Bill is passed, it will put an end to corruption. The Right to Services Bill or the Citizen’s Charter Bill has been passed and its remaining part will be passed in the days to come. I would like to congratulate everybody and extend best wishes to the people of this country,” added Kejriwal, who was hailed by AAP members as the hero of anti-graft bill.
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A six-lane flyover in Delhi that was finished at Rs. 100 crore less than planned and before time was described as the "eighth wonder of the world," by Arvind Kejriwal today.
"Only an honest government can achieve this," said the Chief Minister, celebrating an anomaly in a system where, he said, projects usually overshoot their budget by up to four times.
The 1.6 km road near Delhi's biggest wholesale vegetable market at Azadpur in the city's north was to be built at Rs. 247 crore but ended up costing only Rs. 143 crore.
"I don't remember when a 250 crore project was completed in 150 crores. I have seen a 250 crore project go up to 500 crores or 1000 crores. It is a miracle," he said.
Mr Kejriwal shared credit with his predecessor Sheila Dikshit, who led three successive Congress governments in Delhi. "Sheila Dikshit started the project. It was 20-30 per cent finished when our government took over," he said.
The Chief Minister also appeared charitable towards the central government, with which he has had a running feud over the control of key departments like land and policing in Delhi since he came to power in February.