Listening Post

Listening Post : Suggestions from CAPRG

      Launching of ‘Listening Post’ within a short span – just on completion of one month after taking the oath as 19th Lt. Governor of Delhi – is a most laudable step to solve the many problems of citizens and simultaneously obtain information on the ground. The facility would certainly be instrumental in improving the administration by bringing in transparency and accountability at all levels.
      Although in the very first week of its launch, nearly 1500 calls are stated to have been registered by the ‘Listening Post’ yet we feel that more people would have come forward in getting their grievances registered had there been provision for keeping their identities confidential. People are very keen to draw attention to deficiencies in Civic Services, but abstain from reporting against the issues of encroachment on Government land, violation of Building By-Laws, etc.

         Factors that deter  any citizen from approaching any government agency for redressal and CAPRG recommendation have been sent to the Lieut Governor of  Delhi  by Committe for Social Justice.

     Your comments are welcome.

22 May 2007

RWAs and Elections

RWAs and ElectionsThe dismal show by representatives of RWAs in Delhi during the last municipal elections in April 07 should prove to be warning to members of RWAs to think twice before taking such a step again.

Shri Pankaj Agarwal, Secretary, Joint Front of RWAs in Delhi was interviewed recently on this issue. Pl see attachment for details.

15 May 2007

Andher Nagari Gujarat


Andher Nagari : Uttar Pradesh

Third-rate treatment for First Citizen

Inexperienced Docs, Donors Instead Of Two Units Of Blood,

Rickety Ambulance Part Of Convoy

          Allahabad: Thank goodness President APJ Abdul Kalam came back hale and hearty from a trip to Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh this week. Had he taken unwell, a catastrophe might have happened.
          For one, doctors deputed to accompany the presidential entourage didn’t turn up from Allahabad and last minute arrangements had to be made by calling in relatively inexperienced doctors from the Pratapgarh district hospital and the Allahabad High Court dispensary to meet emergency protocol requirements, according to the additional director of health, Allahabad, Dr G C Srivastava.

        Sources who saw medical attendants travelling with the country’s first citizen on May 2 said it was a miracle that the rickety ambulance in the convoy to Raniganj didn’t break down.

        What’s most alarming is that as per rules, the medical team is supposed to carry two units of A-positive blood, in case of an emergency. Failing to arrange for two bottles of blood, the local administration did the next best thing — they sent five Provincial Armed Constabulary recruits with the presidential blood group to accompany the entourage. Of course, the rulebook doesn’t permit any transfusion on the ground. According to Srivastava, who had written to the principal of the Motilal Nehru Medical College in Allahabad to make medical arrangements, the situation was so bad that a plastic surgeon was sent in place of a pathologist and a technician in place of a cardiologist.

        The beat-up ambulance did not even have a ventilator and other equipment mandatory for VVIP visits. When an officer in the President’s entourage raised objections, the Pratapgarh CMO hurriedly changed the ambulance and arranged for a big van with some emergency equipment.

       Dr Srivastava agreed things had gone horribly wrong during the President’s visit to inaugurate an NGO project, but he said that according to his information, there was the requisite two units of A-positive blood with the medical attendants.

       P C Saxena, the medical college principal tasked with making emergency arrangements, when quizzed about the condition of the ambulance he had sent, told TOI, ‘‘We can provide whatever we have.’’ He defended sending a technician in place of a cardiologist, saying he was the sole cardiologist in the college.

Vijay Pratap Singh | TNN

Andher Nagari Delhi

City fumes at govt’s power stand

“As Tax Payers We Are Empowered To Fight For Rights “: Residents

      The Delhi government on Friday had told the Supreme Court that people do not have a fundamental right to electricity and it was not the courts job to decided what steps needed to be taken to improve the power situation. 

  With the Delhi government neither augmenting generation capacity for years, nor allowing the Supreme Court to take up their cause, Delhiites are fuming. Since most of the changes here, for which the government happily takes the credit — like introduction of CNG-run public transport and rain water harvesting — took place after the judicial intervention, people wonder why the courts are not being allowed to help ensure a better power supply.

         A frustrated SC even told the government: ‘‘We can’t see people crying. Our intention is to help citizens and to make their life comfortable. We can’t tell them we can’t do anything.’’

   ‘‘Has the Delhi government done anything to prove itself on the power front? Have they managed to win the confidence of the consumers? What right they have to tell the SC not to interfere in their affairs. If the SC does not come to the aid of harassed citizens, where will they go?’’ said Ratnesh Kriplani, a resident of Mayur Vihar II. While power supply remains a grey area, consumers’ bills have spiralled ever since electronic metres replaced the old ones.

         What angered residents most was the government’s claim that citizens do not have a fundamental right to power.

         ‘‘If that’s the case, then what are we paying taxes for. You can’t deprive a citizen of his basic human rights of water and power and say they have no right on them. As a taxpayer, we have every right to fight for our rights,’’ Manish Arora, a lawyer from Safdarjung Enclave firmly stated.

         Residents Welfare Associations (RWAs) were also taken aback by the government’s stand. ‘‘The Delhi government should apologise for making such an inflammatory statement like this. It sends a wrong signal. In the proposed masterplan, there is a big gap between demand and supply and the government has only ignored it. In such matters, only the Supreme Court can intervene. Then how the government can say that issues like power and water are not within their jurisdiction,’’ said Pankaj Aggarwal, general secretary of the Joint Front RWAs.

        Some RWA members feel that the government was only hitting back to the Supreme Court and challenging their supremacy after having suffered at the hands of courts so often. ‘‘The Supreme Court is not interfering in the daily functioning of the government. They only step in when the government fails to do their job and the consumers end up paying the price,’’ said Col U N Kohal, officiating president of the Joint Front RWAs.


07 May 05

Memorandum to the Lt Governor

Ills that ail Delhi

Memorandum to the Lt Governor

     In a meeting with members of CAPRG on 05 May Shi Tejendra Khanna the Lt Governor of Delhi explained various steps being taken by him to improve the quality of life for every citizen .

He looks forward to being  the head of a Responsive Government.   

    A central complaints center is being set up where any citizen with a complaint on any adminstrative issue can lodge a complaint. This center will be working round the clock. A special cell will deal with the complaints , ensure they are forwarded to the right authorities for corrective action and update the latest information so that the latest position on any complaint is available at the touch of the button. Progress will be monitered personaly by the LG himself.

     Shri Tjendra Khanna had introduced such a system in his earlier tenure as LG and is confident that this will allow  him to moniter the pulse of the administration.

     A memorandum covering various issues was also handed over to him.

       He is of the firm opinion that it is very essential to involve concerned citizens in the for best administration.

    Details of the meeting will be put up shortly.

    Shri Tejendra Khanna has a stupendous task on his hands and we wish him all the very best in his earnest efforts, and look forward to  a better  cleaner  livable Delhi with a more responsive governent.