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Government sets May 22 for unification of Delhi’s three civic bodies


The government has fixed May 22 for the formal unification of Delhi’s three civic bodies.

North MCD workers sanitise a locality in Model Town, Delhi. (File photo)

The Ministry of Home Affairs issued a notification on Wednesday announcing May 22 as the appointed date for the unification of Delhi’s three civic bodies. According to the notification, the Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Act, 2022 will come into effect from May 22.

The legislation was approved by Lok Sabha on March 30 and by Rajya Sabha on April 5. President Ram Nath Kovind had given his assent on April 18.

The three existing civic bodies – the East Delhi Municipal Corporation, the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation will become one under the bill.

According to the legislation, the unification of the municipal corporations in Delhi will ensure synergised and strategic planning and optimal utilisation of resources.

Earlier, Delhi’s chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal had challenged the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to win the upcoming Delhi civic body polls due this year. “If you [BJP] have the courage, conduct MCD elections on time and win [the civic polls]. If we lose, we will leave politics,” Arvind Kejriwal said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah while introducing the bill in Parliament, said the BJP has no fear of losing the civic elections and is ready to contest the polls soon after delimitation. “Since 2014, we have fought many elections. We are not scared of losing and we don’t become arrogant when we win,” said Amit Shah.

(With inputs from PTI)

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North Delhi civic body removes 66 temporary structures in Mangolpuri


The North Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) said on Tuesday that they removed around 66 temporary encroachments from Mangolpuri with the help of the local police.

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The commissioner of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC), Sanjay Goel said on Tuesday that they removed temporary encroachments from Mangolpuri with the help of local police. The officials of the municipal council removed around 66 temporary structures with the help of one bulldozer and three dumper trucks.

Around 266 metres of road were cleared during the anti-encroachment drive. Illegal parking in adjoining parks were also cleared and about 0.79 acres got vacated. The road encroachments were removed by the licensing department, the engineering department and the horticulture department of Rohini zone as a joint team.

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Officials said the drive was an attempt to clear pedestrian walkways and roads from encroachments to ease traffic and pedestrian movement. This isn’t the first time that anti-encroachment drives were conducted in Mangolpuri. One was conducted from 17 September to 1 October in 2021 and another was held on 7 January of this year.

According to the officials, such anti-encroachment drives on public roads are done regularly in all wards by North DMC with or without notice under section 321/322/323/325 of the MCD Act, 1957 with prior intimation to local police. Commissioner Sanjay Goel said that the encroachment removal drive is a routine process of North Delhi Municipal Corporation.

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Political showdown in Jahangirpuri: Now Samajwadi Party to send its 5-member delegation


A day after Trinamool Congress announced that it would send a delegation to Delhi’s Jahangirpuri, where the violence broke out between two groups, now, the Samajwadi Party has announced that it will also send a team to Delhi.

A five-member delegation of the Samajwadi Party will visit the Jahangirpuri area on Friday, where the demolition drive was carried out by the civic body.

The Samajwadi Party’s 5-member delegation includes three MPs and 2 former MPs. Shafiqur Rahman Barq, ST Hasan, Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, Ravi Prakash Verma, Javed Ali Khan will visit the area and will interact with the locals to enquire about the incident.

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The delegation will submit its report to the party after “investigating” into the demolition drive carried out in Jahangirpuri.

TMC delegation will also visit Jahangirpuri

Notably, a delegation of five-member TMC women leaders will also visit Jahangirpuri on Friday.

All women TMC leaders’ delegation includes Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, Sajda Ahmed, Aporupa Poddar, Satabdi Roy and Arpita Ghosh. MP Kakoli Dastidar will lead the delegation.

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As per sources, the TMC delegation will try to meet the families and shop owners whose shops were bulldozed on Wednesday in Jahangirpuri and could also investigate issues about the violence that broke out on April 16.

Congress and AAP on the ground

Earlier on Thursday, Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party had sent its delegations to the Jahangirpuri demolition site.

Senior Congress leaders such as former union minister Ajay Maken and Shakti Sinh

Gohil, along with Delhi Congress chief Anil Choudhary, had visited Jahangirpuri. Maken dubbed the demolition drive in Jahangirpuri as “illegal”.

Gohil confirmed to India Today that he met the Hindu and Muslim families of the area and appealed to them to maintain peace and harmony. He lambasted the Bharatiya Janata Party and accused the saffron party of trying to distract the people from real issues such as inflation and unemployment.

Meanwhile, Anil Choudhary had trained his guns at AAP and asked why Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is yet to visit the communal violence- hit areas of Jahangirpuri.

A couple of hours after the Congress’ delegation, the AAP delegation under senior AAP leader and Burari MLA Sanjeev Jha visited the Jahangirpuri demolition site. Jha had accused the BJP of creating a communally tense environment in the area.

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Services of contract teachers to be renewed


As many as 586 contract teachers working in South Delhi Municipal Corporation schools who were unemployed for the past two years would now be reinstated under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Mayor Mukesh Suryan has said.

The Indian Express had earlier reported that around 1,000 teachers from the North and the South civic bodies, including those who were on Covid duty, had been terminated.

The mayor said that admissions have been increasing in SDMC schools since last year, despite their closure due to the pandemic. Owing to this, there was a need for 600 teachers in these schools.

Education committee chairperson Nitika Sharma said that under the Sarv Siksha Abhiyan, the contract of these teachers has been renewed from October 18, 2021 to March 31, 2022.

Appointment letters will be issued after the submission of relevant documents.

The North Delhi Municipal Corporation had already re-engaged the contract teachers in its schools a few weeks ago.

These contractual teachers’ salary is around Rs 35,000 per month. There are 568 schools under the South, 354 under the East MCD and 700 under the North MCD.



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No money for salaries, Delhi civic bodies ask 1,000 contract teachers to go


The South and North Delhi municipal corporations have not renewed the contract of over 1,000 teachers, leaving many of them, including those who helped in ration distribution during the pandemic, jobless.

The East MCD, however, has not removed any of its contract teachers. The South MCD terminated the contract of 421 teachers while the North MCD removed 667 teachers.

Standing committee member and Congress councillor Suresh Kumar raised the issue in a meeting on Tuesday and said it was inhuman that the civic body had deserted them during a crisis. “They have been working for over ten years, where will they go now? Most can’t go and seek fresh jobs because of the age constraint.”

Anil Shokeen, a teacher employed in Lajpat Nagar, said: “We even distributed ration during Covid, risking our lives. Our contract used to get renewed in June, but it has not been renewed this year as well as last year.”

Standing committee chairperson of the South MCD, B K Oberoi, said that the civic body hired over 150 permanent teachers recently. “The finances of the corporation don’t allow it to pay for contract teachers as the Delhi government is not paying MCD its dues,” he said.

The East MCD has retained its teachers and is paying them under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

The issue has also led to a political slugfest, with AAP chief spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj saying it was shocking that on September 7, 2020, North MCD’s Education Department Headquarters wrote a letter to the Delhi Government conveying that they were firing their primary school teachers because schools were shut during the pandemic and they are not conducting physical classes. “The teachers are not even able to get ration for themselves because their salaries have not been paid by the MCD,” he said.

BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor said these were contractual teachers whose salary is Rs 35,420 per month, which is paid under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan. The annual salary bill of these 667 contractual teachers is Rs 23.62 crore, out of which 25% is paid by the Centre while 75% is to be paid by the Delhi government.

The Delhi government stopped paying the salary of these contractual teachers in May 2020 after which North MCD had no option but to suspend their contracts, he said. Despite suspending them, North MCD has been writing to the Delhi government to pay their salaries so they can be reinstated, but in vain, he said.



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