New Delhi, June 15, 2013: One of the most significant critiques of the Indian economic growth model is that it has failed to encourage social development in its wake. It is well known that the country has higher rates of malnourished children than in sub-Saharan Africa. Malnutrition remains an enormously pervasive across the States.
However, data put out by the Integrated Childhood Development Services (ICDS) that were compiled by the State governments reveals that there has been a significant improvement in the normal category of child nutrition.
New Delhi, June 6, 2013: In order to ensure complete elimination of manual scavenging in the Capital, the East and the North Delhi Municipal Corporations (NMC) are conducting a survey to find out whether such practices exist in the city.
The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has already started the process and a decision in this regard has also been taken by the NMC.
New Delhi, May 31, 2013: Recognizing the dearth of toilets in JJ clusters and slums of Delhi, whereon an average 37 persons use the same toilet, the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) has decided to come up with bio-degradable toilets in these areas.
New Delhi, May 31, 2013: The Annual Plan for the year 2013-14 for the state of Delhiwas finalised here today at a meeting between Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Chief Minister of Delhi, Smt. Sheila Dikshit. The plan size has been agreed at Rs16,626crore.
In his comments on the performance of the State, Mr Ahluwalia said the State has been performing to the expectation. The growth has been quite good and substantial improvement in services to the citizen is notice.
New Delhi, May 17, 2013: A slum cluster in west Delhi has a problem that can shame the government for its lofty claims of making Delhi an ideal city. About 750 people in this Punjabi Bagh neighbourhood don’t have a single toilet. As a result, they have been forced to defecate in the open. And this has been on for almost a year.
Upset with officials’ attitude, the slum dwellers had protested outside Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board last year but to no good.
New Delhi, May 16, 2013: The Delhi high court on Wednesday expressed its displeasure at the negligible number of public toilets for women in the city. The figure of 3,712 public toilets for men and only 269 for women by municipal corporations left the HC unhappy with the state of affairs in 10 of 12 zones.
HC was hearing a PIL filed by advocate Ashok Aggarwal highlighting the shortage of toilets for women.
New Delhi, May 9, 2013: The Delhi high court on Wednesday asked the Centre to make its stand clear on a PIL seeking a direction to Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) for its "failure" to provide totally free education to students of Class I-VIII under the Right to Education Act (RTE).
Issuing notice to the Ministry of human resource development and also to the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS), a bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Jayant Nath sought response by May 15.
New Delhi, Apr 28, 2013: A staggering 56% children living in slums and unauthorised colonies in Delhi defecate in the open due to lack of community toilets.
It not only puts them at the risk of facing exploitation but also poses a serious health challenge to the affluent colonies located near these areas, says a baseline survey carried out by Mission Convergence last year.
Mission Convergence is a flagship project of the Delhi government. The survey points out that 79% children below the age of three years use open spaces for defecation.
New Delhi, Apr 28, 2013: It had been two years since the Right to Education Act was enacted, and at a public meeting in March 2012 organised by the non-government organisation JOSH or Joint Operation for Social Change in Delhi’s Trilokpuri, parents voiced their concerns about the quality of education their children received. Teachers are not paying attention to children, they said, nor are facilities for drinking water made available in schools.
New Delhi, Apr 22, 2013: Expressing concern over unhygienic condition at rail premises, a parliamentary panel today said cleanliness of stations and trains is "far from satisfactory and is a major area of concern".
While recognising the fact that the massive size of the railway network makes it a Herculean task to physically check each and every station, the committee has suggested that the Railway Ministry can set up special inspection teams at all levels to carry out random checks at stations and suggest corrective measures wherever required.
The Standing Committee