Daryaganj MCD Polls

Police Patrolling In Daryaganj, Jama Masjid Ahead Of MCD Polls

Delhi Police on Saturday, conducted patrolling in the areas of Daryaganj and Jama Masjid ahead of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections tomorrow.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of Central Delhi, Shweta Chauhan told ANI that out of the 200 polling premises and 700 polling booths, 54 are critically sensitive.

“We conducted foot patrolling to ensure that MCD elections are conducted in a free and fair manner tomorrow. There’re over 200 polling premises and around 700 polling booths of which 54 are critically sensitive, in the Central zone,” she said.

Earlier today, the election officials informed that sixty-eight model polling stations and an equal number of pink polling stations have been designated in New Delhi in view of the MCD elections.

The officials said that the special polling stations aim to provide unique arrangements for women, elderlies, and persons with disabilities, among other people to encourage voters’ participation in the 250-wards MCD polls.

Also, the Delhi government schools have been closed today in view of preparations for the December 4 MCD elections, the Directorate of Education, School Branch informed in an official notification on Friday.

Delhi State Election Commission has set up 13,638 polling stations for the civic body polls in the national capital, slated for Sunday.

The high-stakes MCD elections with 250-wards will take place on Sunday and the counting of votes will be held on December 7. (ANI)

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MCD Polls: BJP Promises To Regularise Weekly Markets Of 8 L Street Vendors

The Bharatiya Janata Party has promised to regularise weekly markets of eight lakh street vendors in the national capital if BJP returns to power after the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections scheduled for Sunday.

Addressing a press conference on Friday, BJP’s National Spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia said, “Taking cognizance of the demand of eight lakh street vendors of Delhi that their weekly markets be regularized, BJP has determinedly decided to regularize them.”
The BJP leader also reminded that it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who implemented the Swanidhi Yojana for such vendors under which small traders were given an amount of Rs 10,000 to start their small businesses.

Bhatia said the BJP is committed to ensuring that hardworking people are not harassed.

“There are 12 zones in Delhi and night markets will be set up in them. Along with this, arrangements will also be made for a special women’s market.

“It will be ensured that more and more employment opportunities are generated and corruption problems will also be dealt with strictly in a legal manner,” said Bhatia.

The BJP spokesperson also said that there are 2,700 weekly markets in Delhi, which have been running for more than 20 years, but almost 80 percent of them need to be regularised.

“There has always been a demand of street vendors to increase the space, keeping this in mind, the BJP has decided that the street vendors that have been given 6/4 size for so many years. We will increase that size to 7/5 while the weekly markets will be 12/8. So that no one has to face any problems,” he said.

Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Assembly Ramvir Singh Bidhuri hailed the Prime Minister for his financial assistance scheme for street vendors providing Rs 10,000 each for employment survival during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bidhuri mocked key rival in the civic body polls Aam Aadmi Party National Convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

“After PM Modi gave financial assistance of Rs 10,000, Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal also talked about giving Rs 20,000 to vendors,” said Bidhuri and added he was ready to resign from his post if Kejriwal could show even one man who got that Rs 20,000.

“The way the central government has given free rations under the Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana, it has proved to be a boon in the pandemic period.

“Today 3,024 flats built in Kalkaji were given to the poor, in which about 17 percent of the poor are street vendors,” he added.

The high-stakes Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections will take place on Sunday and the counting will be held on December 7. The campaigning ended on Friday with the AAP government announcing a three-day dry day till results.

The elections to the 250-ward MCD is a high-pitched contest between the BJP which has held the reins of the civic body since 2007 and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) which has been in government since 2013, besides the Congress. The cleanliness of the city and pollution are key concerns for many Delhiites. (ANI)

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SC Refuses To Entertain Plea Seeking Stay On MCD Elections

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a plea seeking to stay the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, scheduled to be held on December 4.

A bench of justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Abhay S Oka said that the petition has become infructuous as it noted the election is in 3 days, i.e., on Sunday.
The petition has challenged the Delhi High Court’s November 9 decision for not staying

the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections, scheduled to be held on December 4.

The plea was filed by the National Youth Parth pertaining to the delimitation of the constituency of the civic polls.

Notably, the leaders of political parties will make last ditch effort as campaigning for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) elections is set to end today.

With a massive number of roadshows, the BJP campaigning was undertaken by several Union ministers and state Chief Ministers including national president JP Nadda for a massive show of strength.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national President JP Nadda exuded confidence and said that people are eager to vote for BJP as they are fed up with Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) work. He also hit out at the AAP for not cleaning the Yamuna despite thousands of crores disbursed from the Centre to the Kejriwal government.

The BJP has been in power in the MCD since 2007.

On Friday, Aam Admi Party (AAP) leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia will hold a roadshow in Patparganj.

While trying to revive its prospects in MCD polls, the Congress, in its election manifesto has promised RO water purifying systems for drinking water, clearing the three landfills in Delhi in 18 months and waiver of outstanding house tax due.

Making ‘Delhi will be Sheila ji’s Delhi’ as party’s poll pitch, Congress makes a mention of two schemes named after former Chief Minister Sheila Dixit – Sheila Dixit Swasthya Sahayatha Yojana for medicines at half the price, and the Sheila Dixit Gharelu Majdoor Kalyan Yojana for financial assistance for domestic workers. Assistance for domestic workers includes admissions for their children to MCD schools and financial help in case of accidents. (ANI)

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Ban On Manufacturing, Sale Of Firecrackers In Gurugram

District Collector and Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav, while issuing an order on Friday, imposed a complete ban on the manufacture, sale, and operation of all types of firecrackers other than green crackers with immediate effect in the district.

These orders will be applicable in the entire Gurugram district with immediate effect and will be effective till January 31, 2023. The orders have been issued by the District Magistrate under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Act 1973, Explosives Act 1883, and other Explosive Rules.
As per the orders issued the responsibility of implementing these orders is with the Gurugram Police Commissioner, Municipal Corporations of Gurugram and Manesar, all SDMs, all Tehsildars and Naib Tehsildars, Block Development and Panchayat Officers, all DCPs, Executive Officers and Secretaries of Municipal and Municipal Councils, all Police Stations. The police station in charge, Fire Officer Gurugram and his staff. All these officers have been instructed to execute the orders and put raids. Also, these officers have been asked to send reports to the District Collector on a daily basis.

In the orders issued by the Deputy Commissioner, it has been said that as per the order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and Haryana State Pollution Control Board, the manufacture, operation and sale of all types of firecrackers other than green firecrackers have been banned in the entire state including NCR region. This decision has been taken in view of the increasing pollution in the state.

Deputy Commissioner Nishant Kumar Yadav said that this order will be strictly followed in district Gurugram.

Referring to the orders of the Pollution Control Board, he said that regarding increasing pollution, the Supreme Court has said that pollution has adverse effects on health. According to Yadav, the board has said that between October and January, the level of pollution increases significantly in the state, due to which children, the elderly, and sick people start having difficulty in breathing, hence a ban has been imposed on firecrackers. (ANI)

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Delhi University Grad Who Cleans Sewers For EDMC

Neeraj Kumar, 34, is a political science graduate from Delhi University. He has a government job: cleaning manholes full of toxic gases and un-clogging excreta-filled sewers.

Kumar’s neighbours believe he is lucky to have found a government job. Few know the ‘shit’ he handles everyday. Kumar wakes up at 6 am and leaves home to work as a beldar in East Delhi Municipal Corporation. “My life is a load of shit,” Kumar tells LokMarg with a wry smile.

I was brought up in a small family at Loni, Ghaziabad, which borders northeast Delhi. My father was in a private job and always wanted me to have a government job. Those days, in our locality it was a big deal for a family to have a member who could secure a ‘permanent sarkari naukri (government job)’.

I was still in Class 12 when the responsibilities to run the family fell on my shoulders; I would spare you the details but we all know it takes no time to lose a lala-ki-naukri (private sector job). Right after my board exams, my father advised me to go through the gazettes that notified various government jobs.

I came across an advertisement by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (it was a unified body then) for the post of a beldar; matriculates were eligible to apply. It was a temporary position, but the advert claimed that the recruits will eventually be merged into regular employment. Hard-pressed for a job, and seeing it as one of best opportunities, I applied, and got through.

Beldar is a common term for manual labourer but little did I know that MCD Beldar is a euphemism for manual scavenger. I had once dreamt of joining the Army and there I was, holding a broom and a khapachhi (long slit-bamboo) in my hands. My brief was to pull out rubbish and excreta from the city drains.

On my first day at work, I felt like crying at the cruel joke. Initially, it was demeaning to perform the beldar work, considering the nature of the job, but my necessity kept me going. There was no other option. I didn’t lose hope. I was confident that eventually I would progress and be promoted to a senior level. Some of my seniors also encouraged me to continue with my education. I thought that if I kept studying, the chances of my being promoted will brighten.

Without losing a single year, despite long hours of work, I managed to secure a degree in Political Science from Delhi University. It has been 14 years since I joined the civic body and almost 11 since I graduated.

I am still waiting for being absorbed as a regular employee, let alone be promoted. Thankfully, I do not have to enter inside the drain. That kind of dangerous work is given to private contractors. But the stench in the drains is unbearable; the toxic gases we inhale throughout the day definitely affect our health; our mouth and nostrils are covered most of the time during work.

No, we do not have any safety gear for protecting ourselves. And if you read various studies on the health hazards in the nature of work we perform, we are prone to severe allergies and skin cancer. When I go back home, I am very particular about not coming in contact with my children till I have had a bath. I do not want to put the life of my family at risk.

I keep reading in the media about the conditions of manual scavengers and hope that the government and the civic bodies will wake up to invest in machines and better technology for the work. The work always begins early in the morning and last till 9 pm.

Yet, there are often delays in our salary as the municipal body routinely runs dry. While I miss my dream, I have come too far to nurse any regrets. Maybe I have got used to it but I believe it is too late for me to find something that would suit my qualification. As a father of two, I only hope they will do well in life and achieve what they want to. I do not want them to settle for a menial job for the sake of a government job.

With editorial assistance from Lokmarg