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Wednesday, June 30, 2010


M K Gupta

As per news item published in Times of India, dated 30th June, in an RTI reply to Shri R. K. Bhardwaj of Sanchar Vihar CGHS, the Asstt. Registrar (South) of RCS office has stated that the verification process of documents submitted by members was “underway” as on April 8, 2010. The members have submitted their documents in February, 2008 – two years and two months ago -. The reply further stated that the files were still to be placed before he registrar for approval. In over two years period, the office could not verify he documents and the verification process was “underway”. I wonder how long is this underway (tunnel).

Even the Asstt. Registrar could not find time to place the file before the Registrar of his office in the same premise till the date of reply. See the efficiency of the RCS office. What for he was waiting to submit the file to the Registrar as the office denies that it is above board and do not demand any bribe?

RCS office has clearly said that there is no time frame or limit for the RCS to clear and forward the files for draw of lots by (sic, it should be ‘to’) the Delhi Development Authority. It is the time that the Govt. should prescribe some time limit for this to check any demand of bribe for forwarding the file further, if the govt. is serious about the concern of hapless members. There was no satisfactory reply to the query about whether there was any bar to hold any draw of lots for members whose papers have been verified. In the meantime, some members have left this world waiting for the allotment.

And our ‘Hon’ble’ Chief Minister and ‘Hon’ble’ Minister, Mr. Rajkumar Chauhan are blaming the Association of Suffering Members and Managing Committees of respective societies which have gone for self-draw. After all, who is responsible to drive the members to that point? Ministers are threatening to lodge FIRs and disconnect water and power to these societies without uttering a single word on the working of the RCS office under them. What more the callousness and indifference? It seems that the sensitivities have died after coming to power third time continuously. Govt. should not forget that water and power is a fundamental rights of the citizens and the connection given to these societies are legal since they have obtained Completion and Provisional Certificates and other documents.

Members may also write to the Vigilance Commission to conduct an inquiry in to the affairs of RCS office specially for sitting over the files for years. After all, they are the servant of public and not their master. They get pay for work - and not for sitting over the files - from the taxes paid by the public.

AND how long about 6000 flats in different societies will remain vacant because of inertia of RCS OFFICE?

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Repair of DDA flats assured by our MP Sh. Mahabal Mishra

Sushil Kumar

Our MP Mr.Mahabal Mishra has assured us that repair work of DDA flats will be done soon. On the occasion of inauguration of road work at sector-14, Pocket-1. This was our old demand and we have been working for so long with DDA. I also informed him that despite havinng approval from VC, DDA is not executing the work. Hope MP will take up the issue with DDA.

India’s filthy underbelly

Joginder Singh ji
Former Director - CBI

There are various definitions of corruption, the best one, in my view, being corruption is monopoly of authority sans transparency. Indian society and public life has been overrun by corruption for the simple reason that, irrespective of the party or parties in power, the Governments of the day have at best sought to play it down, offered it tacit support and at worst connived with the perpetrators.

Scams, frauds and other graft cases are detected with overwhelming rapidity and the latest ones surpass older ones in technique and figures involved. Everything happens right under the nose of the mighty Union Government, the agencies of which are spread across every nook and corner of the country.

In June, the CBI unearthed a railway recruitment scam following simultaneous raids in Mumbai, Bangalore, Raipur, Hyderabad and Kolkata. The additional divisional railway manager, Raipur, AK Jagannatham, in connivance with the officials of Railway Recruitment Board, Mumbai, had secured a copy of the question paper before the examination date and leaked its contents to several applicants for the posts of assistant loco pilot and assistant station master in exchange of bribe worth Rs 3.5 lakh per person.

Those arrested include SM Sharma, chairman of Railway Recruitment Board (he has since been suspended), his son Vivek, AK Jagannatham, his son Srujan, divisional railway manager (personnel) Sethi and a Raipur-based agent. The applicants were required to deposit their original certificates with Jagannatham. The question paper was provided to them a day prior to the examination and their certificates returned after payment of the complete amount.

Searches in Mumbai led to the detection of Rs 60 lakh in bank accounts of family members of Sharma. In Hyderabad, Rs 21.5 lakh in cash and original certificates of 444 applicants were recovered from the residence of Jagannatham. A sum of Rs 12 lakh was recovered from his possession at a hotel in Bangalore where he was staying. Incriminating documents, such as question papers and original certificates of the aspirants, were recovered from him.

Four months ago, two IAS officers (husband and wife) posted in Madhya Pradesh were suspended after a raid on their home by income tax officials led to the seizure of Rs 3.26 crore in cash, jewellery worth Rs 67 lakh, Rs 7 lakh in foreign currency and other assets. In Chhattisgarh, Rs 52 lakh in cash, jewellery worth Rs 73 lakh, and 220 fake bank accounts with transactions amounting to Rs 40 crore were seized during income tax raids in the same period; 14 bank lockers have been sealed.

What has been seized, however, represents only the proverbial tip of the iceberg. The real moolah would have been converted into property or stashed away in foreign bank accounts. What’s worse is that the rot has spread everywhere: From the Income Tax Department, Customs, defence forces and IPS to health services and education.

In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State in charge of the Department of Personnel and Training Prithviraj Chavan said, “As on March 31, 2010, the number of IAS and IPS officers facing trial for criminal charges in CBI cases is 84 and 33 for the two respective categories.”

According to Transparency International, India ranks 84th in integrity assessment out of 180 countries and scores only 3.4 on a scale of zero to 10. World Bank official and co-coordinator of Stolen Asset Recovery Initiative Adrian Fozzard says that assets to the tune of $ 40 billion are annually lost to corrupt practices, which include bribery and misappropriation of funds, in developing countries. Only $ 5 billion of such funds have been recovered in the past 15 years.

In the name of exercising authority on behalf of the Government, white collar professionals and bureaucrats have converted every assignment into a cash cow and have thoroughly exploited the power structure for their own pecuniary gains. India has been robbed of its resources not by foreigners but by its own citizens. In the name of protecting the rights of the accused, the rights of the victims of this robbery have either been trampled upon or put on the back burner.

India has a number of anti-corruption watchdogs, including Central Vigilance Commission, Comptroller and Auditor-General of India, the CBI, anti-corruption agencies, Intelligence Bureau, Economic Intelligence Bureau, Serious Fraud Office, Securities and Exchange Board of India, Reserve Bank of India, Defence Intelligence Agency and National Security Board besides Parliamentary Standing Committees and a ridiculously excessive number of regulators in addition to State-level agencies. It is surprising, therefore, that the Government manages to lose sight of so many frauds.

One of the laws struck down by the Supreme Court on December 17, 1997, was a directive issued in 1988 which made it mandatory that for an inquiry against an officer of the level of Joint Secretary and above prior permission of the Government. The Supreme Court had clearly said that it was ultra vires of the Constitution as taking kickbacks and bribery is not the part of the duties of any Government servant.

The same directive was smuggled in as a part of the Central Vigilance Commission Bill, which came into force in September 2004. Surprisingly, no political party raised a finger against it. When I made inquiries, I was informally told that the Joint Secretary’s level in the Government of India was a decision-making level. If the post was not provided protection, nobody would agree to do anything illegal at the behest of their political masters.

So the present position is that neither the CBI nor any other agency can even start an inquiry to cross-check whether an allegation at this level is true or not. Getting sanction to start an inquiry can take days, if not months and years. The result is quite often those responsible get to know well in advance about the investigation to be undertaken against them. If a cognisable offence is discovered against them, a case is registered. After the investigation is over, another detailed report with the full evidence and results of the investigation is sent to the Government for sanction under Section 197 of the CrPC, without which no court can take cognisance of the offence.

Corruption has become a low-risk and high-paying activity. It makes no difference that the Government increases the allocation for poverty alleviation schemes. What is the point of having schemes running into thousands of crores of rupees, in which the money, instead of reaching the intended beneficiaries, is siphoned along the way? More importantly, will the situation ever improve?

Rally on Sakshar Bharat - Jagruk Nagrik

Development Society Welfare Society  with the bhagidari of  Gram Vikas Association, Sahbad Mohammad Pur organised second maha ralley on theme Sakshar Bharat - Jagruk Nagrik. Founder President of the Society Sh. Naresh Lamba along with head of the school Sh. Netrapal spread the message of education and development in Sahbad village. A large number of senior citizens, ladies along with about 600 students and teachers from government schools participated in the rally.

On the occasion Chief Guest Sh.Jang Bahadur, Deputy Director of Education, Sh. C.S. Yadav, Nodal  Officer, Inspector Subhas Chandra ( MACT Distt. S/W), Dr. K.S. Bhati ( Chairperson), Sh. Yugal Kishore Divedi and other eminent person from village flag off the rally.  Sh.Jang Bahadur and Sh. C.S. Yadav appreciated the efforts of NGO in spreding the awareness campaign in Sahbad village.

Head of the school Sh. Netrapal informed that this year students won Indira awards, Zonal Awards and participated in many other competions. He appeal the residents to educate their wards in Government schools.

Vice president of the NGO Sh. Manish Mann, Treasurer Smt. Saroj, Sh. Rajeev Kaushik, Sh. Naresh Bharal, Sh. Kuldeep Singh Solanki, Sh Rattan Singh God, Sh. D.N. Verma and other concerned residents made the rally successful.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Self-draw by six societies in Dwarka

M K Gupta,

Name of SIX Societies went for self-draw



Venue of draw- Pragati Society, Plot NO. 5c, Sec 11, Dwarka, New Delhi.


Shri Mahabal Mishra, M.P.
Aapke bhagya ki lottery khulne wali hai. Chahe main Congress kaa haun par main pahale janaa kaa huan. Pahale bhi main draw main tha aur aaj bhi huan. Aaj aap log apne makaan main jane ke liye jo kaam kar rahen hahen, wah sahi hai. Aap kanoon apne haath main nahin le rahen, iske liye majboor kiya jaa raha hai. Jis ghar main koi rahataa nahi, wah bhoot kaa dera ban jaata hai. Savere hi mere paas phone aya tha ki kya aap draw main jaa rahe hain? maine kaha haan. Main tamaam adhikariyon ko bhi bata chooka huain ki bilkul draw main jaa rahaa huan. Teen mahine ke baad agla draw bhi hogo to phir bi aaunga. (great apalaud).

Shri A B Bardhan,MP
Aapko lambi ladai ladani padi aur kitni pareshani uhani padi. Bujurgon ne sikhaya hai ki kahin bhi ananay ho, anayay karane wale ka khilaph khade ho jao. Vaise toh yahan sub motor gadi wale hain, jab un par yah ananayay hai toh garibo kaa kya haal hoga? Jo ghar aapko (aab) mila, who ghar aapka hain, dusare din se apne ghar koh aabad kijiye. Aaisa naa ho ki ghar toh aapko allot ho gaya, aur us par koi aur tala laga jaye. Ghar se dhuain uthata dikhaa chahiye. (means should be immediately shifted. Samai lamba bhashan dene kaa nahi.

Shri Syeed Aziz Pasha, MP, Rajya Sabha
Bahut bahut badhai and shubkamnayen. Draw bahoot ache tarike se ho raha hai, koi shak ki gunjayesh nahin. Main Parliament main bhi (draw ke bare main) sawal utha hoon, badhaai aur thanayavad.

On this occasion, many members were seen saying that they will immediately shift to their respective flat. Some members were seen regretting for not participating in this self draw by the Management of their respective societies and said that if the govt. remain indifferent, they will also go for the self draw shortly.

There was huge gathering of members and their sympathizers and members were upbeat about the event regretting why they have not participated in the draw held earlier in January this year. Some said that they do not now have any fear as worst is over and said that they will motivate others to go for self-draw if the government (includes RCS) do not hold draw on their own.

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Vijay K. Saluja

Today, you incite for rally,
What will you do,
When we will have
Empty belly?

Today you say
Close the shops & schools,
What will we do, when all of us,
Turn into fools?

Today, boys are playing cricket
On empty roads,
What will they do, when these spaces
Will be choked with vehicles, of all modes?

Today, they are playing rummy,
And devouring food, which is yummy
But, how long will this bliss last,
When they keep on playing dummy?

Today, the police & the army
Is chasing the rallyists
In lanes & on roads
What will they do
When they spread their tentacles
And descend upon their homes?

Beware, it is not
yet too late
Let the police protect
army defend
student study
babu work
and trader trade

Let every one pray & work
In the places
Of their choice
And all of us endorse it
In one loud voice

Our dear country is already so poor,
It can not afford
The luxury of
Acrimony, disunity & strife.

We all will have
To come together,
If we want
A better life.

Writer is Ex Chief Engineer [civil],
New Delhi Municipal Council

Wednesday, June 23, 2010


M. K. Gupta

Theft, snatching and other crimes are going on unabated in Dwarka and some steps can bring them down. As a first step to check them, police should not avoid registering first report for every convincing complaint because non-registering the FIR emboldens the criminals. Presently, we often listen complaints of non-registering of FIRs and these are written after the matter is reported in media or under other pressure on the police. Snatching of chains and other valuables mostly take in the morning and near the parks as the snatchers know that at that time, the barriers will not be manned and morning walkers will not be enough alert and they can go scot-free. The cops on duty, preferably in civil dress, should be increased near parks and other crime prone areas in the morning hours. Challaning the defective vehicles number plates should continue round the year. For stopping thefts and burglary in CGHS and DDA pockets, securities cameras at conspicuous points should be installed and the cost should not be a deterrent in the matter as the concern to the security should be first consideration. Happy Home CGHS of sector-7 has shown us a way in the matter by installing such cameras on its own cost which was bearable. Main markets are prone to security risk as in the past, even terrorists have been nabbed from these markets and therefore, the police should increase picket and install security cameras immediately before the start of festive season.

The staff at all the police stations in Dwarka and Palam should be immediately increased to the extent possible if providing sanctioned strength is not immediately possible. Names and phone numbers of senior police officers and members of Thana Level Committees should be displayed Police Stations. Security camera should also be installed in the police station to check the harassment of public by refusing registration of the FIRs. Cops should be deployed near the wine shops from where there are repeated complaints of drinking in the open. Such complaints are in plenty in the sector 6 DDA post office market.

Darkness facilitates crimes and there must be proper street lights in every public place, approach road to metro stations and so on. CGHS and RWA should employ only the reputed security agencies duly verified, if possible. Police should start special campaign for the verifications of such agencies. It has also been noticed that when a particular set of security guards was removed from some Societies or DDA pockets, the incidents of thefts there have checked and started there such guards were put on duty.

Random checking of upper floors of commercial buildings for security and sanitation arrangements by police and sanitations staff is also required. Some office or shop owners has encroached the terrace of such buildings to the discomfortiture of the visitors which should be cleared. Toilets in most of such buildings are not working and are either locked or have been converted in offices in violation of sanctioned building plans.

In the name of mobile catering vans, number of unlicenced and un-mobile structures are parked on the service lanes near the markets and this should be taken care in the interest of proper sanitation and public health. On this, permanent action can be taken by the health department of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi and Traffic Police jointly.

Truth Travails

Vijay K Saluja

When newly constructed buildings were falling
and freshly laid surfaces were spalling
Difficult it was
to be a mute spectactor.
Counselled my conscience, Come out of your stupor and act!

And act I did
by slipping the lid,
off the can
of the shady going-ons
of my peers

Lo and behold
there were reprisals galore
with the full gang,
shouting “Encore!”
Intra-senior rivalries
were forgotten by many,
all of them galvanised
to fight a common enemy.
New weapons of treachery
were assembled
And,the department resembled
a battery of artillery

Tons of falsehood were expended to
crush an ounce of truth
But truth, you know, is like the `phoenix`
which rises afresh from its ashes
and is not bound by sashes

Though there is ammunition aplenty
But, of one thing, I am sure
yes, very sure,
on which others, could crib
that all this would prove to be
a damp-squib!

Friday, June 18, 2010


Some Dwarkaites are now playing the pro-active role against the red-tapism in the government working. Despite the work order issued to a private firm for the installation of traffic signals months back and noting that the firm has not installed the traffic signals at many points within the mandatory period of 25 days of the work order. During this, accidents were taking places on these points injuring the road users and damaging the vehicles. M. K. Gupta, a social activist and Joint Secretary of Dwarka Forum has filed an RTI application to the Delhi Traffic Police to inform about number of signals installed within the mandatory period of 25 days, signals installed beyond mandatory period and signals still to be installed beyond that period.

He has also asked for the penal provisions against the non/delayed installation of the signals and whether such action has been taken or initiated the erring company. He said that after seeking such information, he hopes that the remaining signals will be fixed promptly. He also said that more residents will also play such role to galvanize the government machinery’s.

Last year, he filed RTI application against the alleged delayed in reaching at the spot and failure fire department of dousing fire on fifth and sixth floor of Shri Ganapati Apartments of Sector 9 due to the lack of modern equipments.

Thursday, June 17, 2010


Mount Carmel Business School takes their students for International Exposure Tour to broaden their bookish knowledge and apply their international experience in their respective field of their expertise. This year MCBS took their students to Bangkok, Thailand. For many of them it was a dream come true experience. They stayed in a hotel that looked very luxurious and the treatment they received was that of a really royal. Apart from having fun tour they visited the Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok and had a meaningful interaction with the students there. They had interaction with the corporate and the organizations there and tried to understand their working style and their ways of operations.

Apart from visiting various temples and other places of interest, they visited the world famous reclining Buddha Temple and the magnificent Safari park. There they watched and enjoyed the dolphin show, orangutan show, stunt show and many others. One of the amazing shows in Bangkok was the famous ALCAZAR Show where the students were amazed to see the lady boys who were really prettier than the real girls and would dance and perform to the perfection. The next day they went to Pattaya Island and had lot of fun in the water sports, para sailing and underwater explorations.

On a whole the trip was above students’ expectation and it was a time that they are always going to cherish and I would yearn for those days to come back.

Source: Dwarka Helpline Newspaper

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sri Venkateshwar International School continued with enriching programmes for students and staff during vacations

Summer Camp ‘Beat The Heat’ made the school bubbly to life even  during the hot summer vacations. The school buzzed with activities. The campers were divided into five groups, Pre – School to II (Jumpy, Steppy, Peppy, Snoopy) and the Senior Camper’s Group. At Sri VIS early in the morning you could spot toddlers splashing in the pool while their elder peers could be seen diving and wading across the pool. Skaters zoomed past and displayed body movements while the juniors learnt to walk on roller skates.
In Basketball game, children sharpened their skill in shooting, passing the ball and dribbling. In the foyer, one could hear ..’HOO HAA!!!’ as children learnt kicking and punching, a technique of self defence in their ‘Taek-won-do’ classes. Senior children with their nimble fingers made papermache, photoframe, art work having working clocks and also learnt charcoal painting, fabric painting among others. The Juniors were no less creative and enjoyed clay moulding, mask making and texture painting. The music rooms vibrated with the resonance of the strings and beats as young campers tried their hands at the drums, guitars and synthesizers. One could not stop tapping while approaching the dance rooms where the campers learnt aerobics, kathak, contemporary, hip hop etc.. One could not stop dancing when they approached the dance room, where seniors learnt aerobics and juniors danced on the ‘Gasoline Tune’. Our Gizmos - both Juniors and Seniors improved their skills. The Juniors learnt drawing and filling of colours in MS Paint and the seniors amazed us with their  designing on Adobe Flash, Moviemaker and Animation. Our juniors were given special Personality Development Classes to groom them. They were taught table manners, everyday etiquettes, voice modulation, oral recitation, self introduction and dramatization. All for kids – where kids come first an organization from Mumbai conducted classes in speech, drama and elocution for our children.
The activities gave an opportunity to all whether young campers or faculty. Even Principal Mrs Nita Arora Coordinators – Ms Shama ,  Ms Malini and staff could be seen learning drums, tabla, painting, computers and breaking into a jig here and then.

In House Workshops & Seminars

For Students:
·        Workshop on ‘Beat the Heat’ and ‘Nutrition and Health’-  These Orange Cross Foundation Initiatives were organized for the students wherein information on correct eating habits, proper dietary schedule and food consumed during summers were discussed . The nutrition team provided recommendations and suggestions on nutrition, customized for our students and cool games by Ms.Supriya helped in cooling the air.

For Teachers:
·        ‘Safety and First Aid’ Workshop was conducted by Dr. Hersha Vij (Retd. Major) of Orange Cross Group on 24th May’10. This workshop had the Principal, the Coordinators, 20 teaching and admin. staff members, 6 Maids and 4 transport staff personnel receiving valuable tips on minimizing the damage caused by accidents and illnesses.

·        Series Of Educomp Workshops for effective use of Smartboards and Educational Software was taken up by Ms.Mona Prehar  throughout the month of May 2010.

·        Identifying Children with special needs - Resource Person:- Dr. Anjali Nayar of  Orange Cross  on 26.05.10. She enlightened the teachers to recognize and appreciate individual differences and special needs of students and ways to deal with it.

·         Presentation and Interactive Session on Stress Management conducted by Dr.Sheryl of Columbia Asia on 29th May’ 10. Stress a condition, whether external or internal, which can disturb the normal physical and mental health of an individual. She apprised the teachers with simple exercises, effective methods and relaxation techniques to combat day to day stress.

Caste Factor Relevant to Census 2011

R.D. Bharadwaj “Noorpuri”
Head count for the biggest exercise of the decade i.e. Census 2011, is going on these days. While many new parameters (like having telephone, mobile, bike, refrigerator, laptop, computer – with or without Internet facility, car, house / plot, level of education of each member of the family, etc.) have been added to the new format of questions, one of the major parameter i.e. caste based counting is being down-played for some obvious reasons. Surprisingly, most of the big leaders of all major parties are maintaining a studied silence over the matter and if some junior or local leader expresses his opinion publicly on this matter, he is being snubbed by the party high command and is advised not to do so in future. It is really ridiculous to note that such a vital / major issue is being hushed up, as if it is a sin to count the people in various castes in India.

Why? Caste is one of the most important factors of our society, right from our birth till death and nobody can deny this fact. More than 90% people marry within their own caste, for the obvious reason of enjoying maximum level of compatibility, not only between the new couples, but also between both the families. It is equally relevant to mention here that last time it was in 1931 that caste based census was done, much before India attained independence. Secondly, when the Britishers had decided to leave India and transfer the reins of the governance / power to the Indian leaders, Mohammad Ali Jinnah (who later became first PM of Pakistan), broke away from the Congress Party in 1942 and tabled his demand before the Britishers that his party (All India Muslim League) does not want to live with India and that a separate Muslim Land / nation should be carved out of India for them, based on their population. It was at this time that a great freedom fighter and the biggest leader of the SCs & STs, poor and the down-trodden, the oppressed class in the society at that time (and also the chief architect of Indian Constitution), Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, also announced that his people also do not want to live with India and that another separate country should also be carved out of India for them, based on their population. Thus, most of the Congress leaders became apprehensive that when India attains independence shortly, it shall be split into not two, but three parts.

It is equally important to mention here that Dr. Ambedkar’s demand for a separate nation was not raised all of a sudden. It was in fact, a perpetuation and culmination of centuries old oppression, suppression, exploitation and denial of so many rights of the Dalits by the higher caste people, which had continuously kept them at the lowest ebb of the social hierarchy. There were indeed well thought of social and economic policies and practices aimed at marginalization of the Dalits in all spheres of life. They were made subservient to all other castes in society and even the right to education was denied to them. After listening to the arguments of Dr. Ambedkar and unfolding series of atrocities and wrong-doings of the higher caste people on the Dalits, the Britishers had given him an assurance that the sentiments of their community shall be given due care and thought at the appropriate time. Then the major Congress leaders of those times, headed by Mahatma Gandhi, started buttressing Dr. Ambedkar and applying some balm on his bruised sentiments. They had, in fact, feared that if Dr. Ambedkar ultimately succeeds in his mission, a major part of India shall be gone forever out of their hands. It was under the constant pressure of this apprehension that they also assured him that due representation shall be given to the people of his caste in all government jobs, state assemblies and in Parliament as well, in proportion to their population in India, if he promises not to press his demand for a separate state. Thinking from various angles and the socio-economic status of the SCs, STs and many other poor people, Dr. Ambedkar, ultimately succumbed to the continuous pleadings made by the Congress leaders, and he agreed not to press for his demand for a separate nation, for his people. This is how the concept of reservation was given a green signal in India, after independence.

No doubt, the representation to the SCs and STs @ 15% and 7.50 % respectively was started in India in 1952, but the percentage of their representation was fixed based on the census done long back in 1931, as the latest figures of their people were not available at that time. And right from that date till today, caste based census have always been avoided by the governments in power, which shows their lackadaisical approach and attitude towards the SCs and STs, to give true share of representation / reservation to the Dalits. It is also not out of place to mention here that even the reservation for the Dalits is not being implemented in letter and spirit and that is why, their back-logs of vacancies often remains in so many states and so many ministries and departments and often they have to resort to a lot of struggle from time to time for fulfilling their vacancies in various jobs, etc.

Thirdly, people who are opposing caste to be included in the on-going census, are in fact, against the continuation of reservation for the Dalits. Fourthly, the Central or State Govts. or Planning Commission make some schemes for the welfare of the Dalits from time to time (and also in five year plans) and if the caste is not included in this census, how you will determine the quantum of funds for such schemes or plans meant for the Dalits? These figures are also important in view of the fact that while initially implementing reservation in 1952, data pertaining to the 1931 census was taken and that data very strongly needs to be corrected honestly and seriously, so that true percentage of the SCs and STs could be known to all concerned.

I do not subscribe to the view of the opposing set of people that this issue will further create more problems, rather than solving them. It just reveals their lack of sincerity in doing so and avoiding what they do not want to do from the core of their heart. But mind one thing; it is this very set of people who are bent upon creating problem right at the beginning by refusing to make head counts of various castes, as they do not want that true picture should be known / shown to the country as whole. By including caste in the current census, rather it will set at rest so many ill-founded doubts and ambiguities about their real number of people.

In view of the above, I strongly opine that caste based census should also be done for all practical purposes; otherwise, true relevance of the concept of reservation shall be lost somewhere in the quagmire of confusing figures and thereby, economic progress and all round developments shall remain a mirage for India from so many angles. And lastly, if you make a serious analysis of the developed countries around the globe, it shall transpire that they have been able to make all round development and make some worthwhile progress by taking all sections of society along with them, rather than leaving a few of them out of this purview / race, unlike India has been doing so for the last many decades and is still not serious enough to make the desired correction in this field, even now.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Corrupt babus, weak leaders

Joginder Singh ji
Former Director - CBI

The conduct rules of all Government employees in our country mandate that they maintain absolute integrity in their functioning. Though unambiguously stated, these rules have unfortunately been violated both in letter and spirit by bureaucrats as well as their political masters.

It might appear surprising that five months after the Secretaries Committee decided that Ministries with Central Public Sector Employees under their control would not allow them to use facilities owned by or paid for by these state-run companies, the Department of Personnel and Training asked its officials to return at the earliest and before March 31, 2010, all mobile phones, chauffeur-driven cars, air conditioners, laptops and faxes provided to them by Central public sector enterprises.

Instead of specifying that such misuse would attract dismissal or severe penalty, the order says, “Any such use shall attract suitable action... Any manpower or other facilities from CPSEs already being availed by the Ministries or Departments will be returned by the concerned Ministries.” The same communication adds, almost apologetically: “In case of exceptional circumstance, if there is a need to utilise a facility for a bona fide purpose related to official duty, usage may be allowed by the Secretary concerned for a specified period after a careful assessment of the situation.”

Common sense says that if one issues a directive, there should be no loopholes. But our legal experts leave sufficient loopholes when they make laws in order to provide escape routes to crooks in the bureaucracy. Anyone who has had anything to do with the functioning of the Government has suffered the consequences. Nothing moves without love, money, influence or other considerations. I once asked a businessman why he required an agent to move around in Government offices and speak on his behalf. “One is generally unaware of the exact procedure to be followed for getting one’s work done. Even otherwise, it is too circuitous,” was his reply.

Notwithstanding Government’s claims of simplifying procedure, layer after layer of legislation is added to the point that it becomes too difficult to get anything done in the normal course of business. A single window system with a time-bound response is the only solution. The common complaint is that whether in India or abroad, Indian citizens face humiliation, contempt and ill treatment. If one makes a complaint against any member of the authority, one is guaranteed to receive no positive response.

Admitting that the bureaucracy has failed the country owing to widespread corruption and malpractices, the Cabinet Secretary in March said in a communiqué: “The issue of corruption needs to be addressed fair and square. Preventive vigilance should be strengthened. Transparency must be introduced in decision-making. Stringent action must be taken against officers found guilty. Disciplinary proceedings must be expedited.”

He added that civil servants were appointed on the basis of fair and open competition and said, “We must respond in full measure to the faith that citizens have reposed in us and meet their hopes and aspirations of good governance... Of late, there have been some disturbing incidents which call for serious introspection by civil servants. Integrity, honesty, objectivity, impartiality, transparency, accountability and devotion towards duty are the core values which civil servants should cherish and which form an integral part of our decisions and actions.”

The Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has also stressed on the importance of bureaucratic reforms. “There is a perception that the Indian bureaucracy is inefficient and corrupt. If we are not able to provide for inclusive growth and maintain regional and social balance, it may lead to conflicts which may shake the very foundations of our federal polity and our nation,” Minister of State Prithviraj Chavan said. He added that India’s performance (132 out of 179 countries) as per UNDP’s human development index that provides composite measures on three dimensions of human development — life expectancy, literacy rate and standard of living — remains “abysmal”.

Six years ago, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had assured Indian industry that a high-level standing committee with representatives from industry and the Government would review all existing industrial laws vis-à-vis international best practices and if required amend archaic laws to end the tyranny of the inspector raj. “The rules and regulations would be made more transparent and simple…The attempt would be to, as far as possible, not leave issues to personal interpretation and to ensure that discretionary powers are not misused,” Mr Singh said. But unfortunately, there has been no change in the working style of the Government.

It is a reflection on the utter insensitivity of our bureaucracy that while the common man and the poor are reeling under skyrocketing prices of food commodities, the subsidy provided by the Government for distribution of foodgrains through the public distribution system is being misused. The Justice DP Wadhwa Committee appointed by the Supreme Court to study the public distribution system said in its report: “It is a known fact that the Department of Food and Public Distribution has the dubious distinction of being one of the most corrupt in the country. Corruption is pervasive in the entire chain and it continues to remain a formidable problem. Most functionaries in the Department are typically callous and resort to corrupt practices. It is, in fact, a cancerous growth and has to be chopped off.”

The committee added that although the Centre was giving a “whopping” annual subsidy of Rs 28,000 crore to the States on food items to be distributed to poor through the system, it was being pocketed by a strong nexus of corrupt officials, dishonest fair price shop owners, treacherous transporters engaged by State Governments to carry the goods to the shops, and unscrupulous mill owners. While finding that wheat was being directly sold to flour mills, the committee said unless concrete remedial measures were immediately taken as suggested, “the poor will go on suffering at the hands of this nexus”.

Despite setting up two Administrative Reforms Commissions, India’s leaders have failed to implement their recommendations. Apart from weak political leadership, one reason for corruption and inefficiency that permeates bureaucracy at all levels is that it defends the status quo long after it has lost its relevance.

Saturday, June 12, 2010


Dear Friends, especially the Residents, having interest therein & Well-wishers,

The time has come stand up for your rights and to snatch the fruits which you deserves and are yours by uniting yourself without fear thereby following the ideals and path shown by Mahatma Gandhi. As well all know that for the last more than 6-7 years we the innocent people who committed sin of seeing a dream of there house in Dwarka. The corrupt politician, the Government and the beouracats of this country have trapped us in such a position and creating such hurdles where there is no way out for our survival. So I appeal to all to stand up for your rights unitedly by justifying the saying of Marta kya Karta (Do or die).

I am a practicing lawyer for the last more than 35 years in the NCT Delhi. Fortunately or unfortunately I sought the membership of a CGHS Society in Dwarka and soon after landed in unending troubles creation of this corrupt politicians of this country totally hands in gloves with the corrupt administrative machinery . We, the people of India have changed our status as slaves of foreign power to this corrupt power of our own people. This power is more and more corrupt from the foreign power. The English people have some standards of morality and ethics, but what a destiny of this nation wherein our own blood has no moral values and acts more crudely and totally in inhuman manner. I am not hesitant to say that it is we the people, who have also become a part and parcel of this corrupt practice.

Now coming to the point as you all know that it is a matter of great satisfaction that the initiative to get our right to use our properties in Dwarka has already been started by Shri Asok Kumarji few months back. Shri Asok Kumar ji has been leading this movement under the umbrella of Association of Suffering Members of Group Housing Societies mainly in Dwarka. In this process, the members of about a dozen societies have entered into their own flats with unprecedented unanimity by holding jointly self-draw of flats by defying all sort of bureaucratic Draculian anti people orders, laws made by these corrupts in power to meet the ends of their lust of looting the people with both hand till they suck the last blood of innocent citizens of this country. I have found now that many other societies are not thinking of following the same path of self-draw. At this point of time a lot of people are hesitant and having fear of their bread and butter by anticipating any back lash from the beurocracy if going ahead with such plans. These friends of mine are hopeful that finally the justice will prevail and the judicial system of this country will come to the rescue of their fundamental rights being snatched by these corrupts powerful people. Though the judiciary of the country of has time and again in various matter pending or disposed off in the last 4-5 years had declared that all such persons who have put their money in their respective society for construction of flats are entitled for the enjoying the fruits and not by those objectors who had not cared to take any timely action to save their interests. But I am very sorry to say inspite of these clear cut orders that these crooked beurocarts with the support of the people in the present Government have been misleading the Judiciary since time immoral and have become master of subverting the judicial process according to their whims and fancies. If this is not true than why one after the other in Court proceedings these matter are being dragged on one or the other false and misleading pretext concocted by these people in power. On the other hand it is now the history of this nation that whosoever stood for his right with force had got the same legally by forcing these people by towing them with their lines. One more thing I tell you that these corrupt politicians and the beurocrats are very coward people having no principles in life, first these people come with full force to suppress you but when find the voice of the people becoming louder and louder they also put their arms and bow before the wishes of the people. I want to clear the following confusions in the mind of my friends:

1. By going for self draw we are neither committing any sin nor breaking any law of the land. We have every right to enter, use and enjoy our property made from our hard earned money and savings which no body on earth can deny us. This is our fundamental right given to us under the Constitution of India. Even an outlaw has a right to have his own house. But in this process we may have to face the irks of these corrupts people in power but rest assure these people will very soon lying flat on earth if we people keeps on maintaining and demonstrating our strength, unity and force.

2. The provisions of prosecution in DCS Act & Rules are totally ultra-vires, are the creation of this corrupt mind to use them as a weapon to create fear in the minds of people of 7 years imprisonment in case a person enters into his/her own house. Please do remember the laws are made for the welfare of society to run the same in a disciplined manner and not to suppress them. Any such law made in the past has always lick the dust. This Government had passed a rent law in 1994 but the successive Government since then had not dared to implement it even after passing of 16 years fearing the back lash of only a section of affected persons having business interest in Delhi simply with a fear of loosing vote bank.

3. Legally speaking how the judicially of this nation will accept this law to be enforced upon the people, when the law of land provides a maximum sentence of 6 months if a persons trespass in others property but how the judicially can justify to give license to these corrupts even to initiate the prosecution for 7 years imprisonment to a person entering into his/her own house.

So I personally feel that there is no moral or legal impediment or any kind of in the way of all of us to continue with our plans of self draw started in January, 2010 subject to the condition if we are united and will remain united for the sake of our own family, our colleague members and our society at large. In this process we have to give undertaking to each other by swearing on oath that we will remain united what may come.; We will mutually watch the interest of each other and we will abide by the laws of land. The Affidavit in this respect suggested pertains to these commitment made by all of us towards each other and their society at large. Please do remember that this commitment on Affidavit shall always be remain in the safe custody of the society and is not to be submitted to any authority. This Affidavit shall always remind you towards your obligations, duties towards each other of a society and to follow the path, guidelines approved by a society going for self draw.

At last but not the least, I tell you that our society had gone for self-draw with other 1-12 society in January,2010 and I am fully in occupation and possession of my flat without any fear or interruption by any authority along with all my colleagues members. I advise to all those members of the society who are still waiting for the Devine hope for their draw o flats should first act themselves then expect the fruits. Please remember that God helps those who help themselves. I welcome to all those who seek further clarifications from me in this respect.


Community Outreach Programme - Let’s make a difference

‘Everyone deserves happiness-sensitizing the Summer Camp Participants’

To create awareness and to make the young generation realize the bounties bestowed on them, S.V.I.S. conducted a Community Outreach Programme ‘Caring and Sharing’. Under this visits to Prerna Niketan Sangh Sec-3, Dwarka- a Centre for Physically Handicapped and Anugrah- School for under - privileged children was organized on 4th June and 8th June respectively. At Prerna Niketan Sangh, S.V.I.S. family donated grocery items, sewing machine and cash amount where as at Anugrah we served them lunch on that day, provided them with groceries for the mid-day meal programme, colouring material and stationery. The Community Outreach Programme are an intergral part of the school curriculum as we try to encourage the students to assume community responsibilities. S.V.I.S. is committed to adopt these centres and few others for sharing our resources and goodwill. We strongly believe that each little endeavour can bring a ray of smile in many lives. We appeal to readers to share the joys of birthdays of their near and dear ones with someone needing help and solace. The school will also celebrate Diwali, Children’s day, Christmas and New Year with the marginalized section of society.

No-Tobacco Day
World Health Organization declared 31st May as World No-Tobacco Day. Eco-Club of school in association with Orange-Cross involved the Summer Campers in spreading the message about the hazards of Tobacco consumption. The programme included:

• Pre-event talks
• Street play
• Feedback based on the questionnaire
• Pasting of No-Tobacco Day posters in some Govt. offices, District Court Sec-9, Dwarka, Police Station Sec-19, Dwarka

Here is a quick look on the statistics obtained from the survey which helped us to draw the following conclusion: majority were aware about the harmful effects of smoking and didn’t wish their children to take up the habit. Only smokers were apprehensive about being a possible role model and also showed an equal amount of confusion when posed the question- Whether it is possible to quit smoking. Others were quite sure that smoking is not desirable and if caught in the web, a smoker can quit with help of family and experts. But the urge to quit smoking has to come from within and this is where we were successful and almost everybody agreed to join the Anti-Tobacco Campaign.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), New Delhi, India in collaboration with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), South Asia Office in New Delhi is organizing the Science Olympiad 2010 for the South Asian Countries. The purpose of the Science Olympiad is to search for and motivate the science talent in all SAARC countries.

This will be conducted on a two-tier level, initially on the basis of an objective test with huge participation, followed by limited participation by the toppers of the first test. Hereafter, this Olympiad will be called as IGNOU-UNESCO SCIENCE OLYMPIAD 2010.You have a golden opportunity to take part in a science contest to prove your capability in science and give yourself a value addition by certification by internationally renowned institutions. We are sure that your participation will give you rich dividends and will also help mapping the science potential of all SAARC countries.We welcome you to participate !!

Monday, June 7, 2010


M K Gupta

In contradiction of the rules that no wine shop should be given licence within the 100 yards of a school, a wine shop has been opened in sector 6 Post Office market few years ago. About this, the Managements of nearby societies have complained during the recent police-public meet after that the police has taken swift action and is posting some cops in the evening regularly. But this is not a permanent solution as the police can only post cops regularly at the cost of ignoring law and order in the sub-city and increasing snatching cases due to shortage of staff for long.

Prior to this, numerous wine-purchasers used to drink in front of the shop and the owner was never seen objecting to this. In the evening, the nearby DDA Herbal park becomes a paradise for drinkers, smokers and druggists. Near the wine shop, Safal vegetable and mother dairy outlests exist and the women are scared to go to these shops fearing lewd comments and misbehaviour by drinkers. Due to the long staying of the vehicles of wine-drinkers on the sides of the roads and side walls, the situation of traffic jam is created. Due to this, the water tankers are unable to fill the water tanks of the nearby societies in front of this shop from the rear gate as water tankers of some Societies including Sahara are on the back-side. One can very well imagine the life without water in this scorching heat. Now, these societies plan to write to Delhi govt. for shifting of this shop.

Residents demand a police post near this spot till the wine shop is not shifted. Residents also allege that this shop has been licensed ignoring the rules.

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Like the last month, this month also, most of the residents of Sahara Society, Sector 6 have received water bills which is more than or almost equal to that of electric bills. This month, our water bill is of 2000 while the electric bill is for Rs. 1900/-. There are similar feedbacks from some other societies also.

The only solution to this problem lies is early completion of Munak canal and Water Treatment Plant at Sec 16, Dwarka otherwise Dwarkaites will continue to pay more. Moreover, till the water is transferred to DJB from DDA, DDA should charge at the rate of DJB which will give some relief to the resident. The water rates for Dwarka are the maximum across Delhi for no fault of the residents.

In a letter to Shri Sumesh Shokeen, MLA, Dwarka Forum has demanded supply of 15 MGD water daily which need to be implemented forthwith.

Saturday, June 5, 2010



The school council is the backbone of the school. It consists of a set of students who act as the supporting pillars for the school. It is the platform where students learn to assume leadership and responsibilities. With this purpose Sri.Venkateshwar International School, Sector -18, Dwarka organized “Democracy at work - The Students’ Council Elections” on 14th May 2010 .
Students of Classes VI-VIII voted for electing the School Head Boy, Head Girl, Sports Captain and Cultural Secretary. The students were highly motivated to caste their votes on the secret ballot papers. The representatives who contested the elections were shortlisted after filing of nomination by them and an interview by the Principal.

Following are the names of the students who were shortlisted for The Students’ Council on the basis of scholastic proficiency, participation and achievement in co-scholastic activities, values, integrity and strength of character.

• Aditya Banerjee
• Shaunaq Narindra
• Aniket Arora
• Devavrata Dixit
• Raghavendra Singh


• Amanya Shukla
• Kanika Yadav
• Akshita Srivastav


• Sahil Yadav
• Vishu Gupta
• Siddharth Pruti


• Dyuti Rana
• Rohan Gupta
• Nakul Gupta
• Yash Garg
• Abhimanyu Sharma
• Prithvi Chauhan

The results were declared after the elections.

HEAD BOY Shaunaq Narindra
HEAD GIRL Amanya Shukla

The voting pattern showed the maturity of the electorate as they casted their votes in favour of the most deserving and we were happy to note that the staff choices matched the students’ voting outcome.

No-Tobacco Day at S.V.I.S

World Health Organization declared 31st May as world No-Tobacco Day. Eco-Club of school in association with Orange-Cross involved the Summer Campers in spreading the message about the hazards of Tobacco consumption. The programme included:

• pre-event talks
• street play
• feedback based on the questionnaire
• pasting of No-Tobacco Day posters in offices, District Court Sec-9, Dwarka, Police Station Sec-19, Dwarka

Here a quick look on the statistics obtained from the survey

Questions ----------------------------------Yes------ No------ Can't Say
Aware about harmful effects of smoking------ 50 -------15-------- 5

Will like the child to take up the habit ----------2-------- 67------- 1

Parent a possible role model -------------------54 -------12 ------4

Possible to quit smoking -----------------------57-------- 12------ 1

Support the anti-tobacco campaign ------------53-------- 4 ------13

Friday, June 4, 2010

For Information of suffering members


Plot No.8C, Sector 11, Dwarka, New Delhi 110075

Phone: 9868708842, 9811332125










Event on Peace in Dwarka

An Event on Peace

(Video Presentation By Prem Rawat)

Place: DDA LIG Flats, Sec 7, Pocket 2, Dwarka, N. Delhi - 110075

Date, Time: Sunday 06 Jun 2010, 7:15 to 8:15 PM

"That which you are looking for is inside of you."

Prem Rawat, known also by the honorary title Maharaji, has traveled the world for four decades, inspiring people to find peace within.

Peace Is Possible: The Life and Message of Prem RawatHis message is simple and profound. It is independent of and compatible with any philosophy, religion, or spiritual path. At the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, he said, “Peace needs to be in everyone’s life. The peace we are looking for is within. It is in the heart, waiting to be felt. It is not the world that needs peace; it is people. When people in the world are at peace within, the world will be at peace.”

The Foundation, which he founded, provides nutritious food and clean water to people most in need and holds free medical clinics. TPRF has distributed millions of free meals and operates a permanent food-aid program in a tribal area in northeastern India, where more than 100,000 free hot meals are distributed each year.

The dissemination of his message of peace is made available in more than 90 countries and 70 languages. TPRF’s humanitarian activities are entirely supported by voluntary contributions and the sale of related materials. As a private investor, he supports himself and his family through independent means.

Born in India, he started addressing audiences at the age of three. At eight, he began presenting his message of peace throughout India. At thirteen, he was invited to speak in London and Los Angeles. More than ten million people in 50 countries around the world have come to hear his message of hope and peace.

For further information:

Thursday, June 3, 2010

CIC Helpless –Non-Compliance of its Orders by DDA

Dr. Hari Dev Goyal
Director, Right to Information Centre-Dwarka

Numerous reminders and RTIs could not get any result of the non-implementation of CIC orders.

Central Information Commissioner Shri M. L. Sharma passed (File No. CIC/LS/A/2009/00248) a Decision on 31.03.2009 on my RTI application to Delhi Development Authority (DDA) dated 12.2.2008. Three officials of DDA Shri V. P. Bansal, Dy. Director (SFS), Shri Anil Kumar, Dy. Director and one Dealing Assistant were present.

“It is decided that Shri V. P. Bansal, Deputy Director (SFS) would provide

information in regard to the ownership of flats mentioned at Serial No.

(ii) to (vi) of the RTI application within four weeks time”.

A number of letters to Shri M. L. Sharma, Central Information Commissioner and to Shri Wajahat Habibullah, Chief Information Commissioner could not get the applicant/appellant any Information from DDA.

In one letter dated 21ST July 2009 by Shri Pardeep Kumar, Advocate (Legal Retainer) in the CIC wrote to Shri V. P. Bansal, it said:

“You are, hereby, directed to go through the non-compliance complaint and furnish the complete requisite information to the Appellant directly, with a copy thereof to the Commission, within two weeks from the receipt of this letter, failing which the Commission will be constrained to initiate penalty proceedings under Section 20 of the RTI Act. You are directed to  offer your comments on the non-compliance complaint of the Appellant, for the consideration of the Commission.”

Delhi Development Authority, as usual, did not care for this shallow threat and did not supply any information. The Chief Information Commissioner, through letter dated 8th February, 2010 was again informed about non-compliance of the orders of the CIC during the last ten months. He was also requested to get the appellant information and to initiate penalty proceedings under Section 20(1) for imposition of penalty and u/s 20(2) of the RTI Act for official disciplinary proceedings. No reply was received from the CIC for two months.

Another RTI application dated April 10, 2010 was filed to CPIO (Kind attention: Shri Pankaj K. P. Shreyaskar, Joint Registrar) for ensuring compliance of the Orders or Decisions of the Central Information Commission under ‘Powers and Functions of the registrar under central Information Commission (Management) regulation, 2007 dated 13th June, 2007. Request was made in the application for supply of information/copies of the correspondence between the Commission and the DDA and also the information whether any penalty proceedings u/s 20(1) and departmental action u/s 20(2) have been initiated? No reply to this RTI application has been received from the Commission.

RTI activists are requested to suggest the next course of action for getting information from DDA.

Requirement of a Manager to Manage the affairs of the Society

 We are in the process of appointing a Manager to Manage the affairs of the Society. The requirement of the person:

A Graduate in any discipline or a Diploma holder in Elec./Civil/Mech.Engg. with adequate experience in a supervisory capacity in any Central Govt/State Govt./ Undertakings/Autonomous Bodies/ Companies/ ex-Service men, within an age group of 35 and 60 years.

Please rush your bio-data to the Society within a week.


N V Pillai
Secretary of DG(S)Co.op.GH Society, Plot No.6,
Sector-22, Dwarka.

Join the celebrations to do your bit for the ENVIRONMENT


ECO-ISPATIKA, an ECO Club for children and residents of Ispatika
is being launched on

World Environment Day, Saturday, 5th June, 2010 at 9.00 AM at
SAIL-Inn, by

Dr. S S Sindhu, Hony. Secretary,
Bougainvillea Society of India,
Programme :-

• Presentation on ECO-ISPATIKA

• Launch of ECO-ISPATIKA

• Sit and Draw competition

• Planting of trees by children/residents

• Distribution of free saplings

Join the celebrations to do your bit for the ENVIRONMENT.


Tuesday, June 1, 2010


M K Gupta
Media Advisor, Dwarka Forum,
Dwarka Forum called its Annual General Body meeting for conducting elections on 30th May. On the occasion, Rejimon CK and Sushil Kumar were re-elected as its President and Secretary respectively. Other elected representatives are Rajiv Solanki- Vice President and five Joint Secretaries which includes Anoop Rohera, M K Gupta, Sudha Aiyer and Sunil Sareen. P Menon, Subhash Kanti and V S Bisht were elected as Governing Body Members.

On the occasion, Forum decided to join Bhagidari scheme of Delhi Government and to focus on solving water, law and order problem and increasing health facilities in the area. It was also decided to start fresh drive for membership.

Bridging Gaps

‘Break your shell and see....the world is beyond colours’.

As a part of face to faith programme a video conferencing session was conducted in the school. St Joseph's Nudgee College, Australia was the partner in the interactive session with us. The students on both the sides were excited and eager to interact with each other. The session began on a warm welcoming note and then they gradually started discussing the daily routine, school activities, leisure activities etc.

Amanya Shukla (VIII) Sri.V.I.S. asked a question to St Joseph's Nudgee College students that what is their daily routine and what they do in their leisure time? The answer made our students feel that cultural divergence didn’t really made any difference. As the routine was similar on the ground level and they possess common interests. In addition to what they said, the students of the partner school showcased a collage of the activities in their school so that a strong correlation can henceforth be developed amongst the culturally distinct students.

The students of St Joseph's Nudgee College were curious to know that how do we pray in India?. Apoorvo Chakarborty (VI) told them that since India is a land of diverse culture and religions therefore people living here pray differently. He even illustrated the body gestures required for praying.

On answering a question on values and charity, Nakul Gupta (VIII) showed them a silver plaque which SVIS received as a token of appreciation from the Chief Minister Of Delhi by Child Line Foundation for fund raising as well as explained the value system they are exposed to in school and in society. The students of Sri V.I.S. even talked about the global issue of terrorism and its solution. The heightened awareness of our young brigade was well recognised by the partner school.

At the end both the schools appreciated each other for the endeavour which contributed in abridging the gaps as well as in providing a broader vision towards one another’s culture. This Video conferencing session made learning more fun, more alive and effective since the remote teacher and student can actually see, talk, react and respond to one another on-screen in real-time. This helped in building connections between the two schools which will ultimately result in promoting tolerance and peace in the world in years to come. As the idea is to acknowledge the differences , celebrate them and exist in perfect accord.

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