#Safdarjung adventure park is SDMC’s parting gift to kids

Tree decking and rock climbing facilities has been created for children interested in adventure.

New Delhi: Before going into the polls, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has created an amusement park for the children as a parting gift to them. The amusement park developed at the Kamal Cinema Park in Safdarjung area will be officially opened for the public on Thursday. The SDMC has installed life-sized statues of superheroes, cartoon characters, and animals. Tree decking and rock climbing facilities has been created for children interested in adventure.

#Delhipolice plan new website for #women in distress

Delhi Police are set to start working on a new website for the Special Police Unit for Women and Children (SPUWAC) to help women in distress. Police sources said the new website will be more comprehensive than the previous one. The website would contain links detailing the rights, complaint handling procedures, laws and Acts related to women. The process to make the new website would begin soon, a source said. "A dedicated website – – already exists but we want to revamp it and add more features and links," said a police officer. "This (new) website will have more detailed features," the officer said.

Economic survey: Unemployment rose by 11%, 12 lakh people without jobs

Unemployment Rose sharply in the national capital, with the number of unemployed people going up by over 11 per cent between 2014 and 2015. According to the Delhi Economic Survey, 12 lakh people were without jobs in that year. Unemployment has been rising steadily over the years with the figures pegged at 9.13 lakh persons in 2013, 10.97 lakh persons in 2014 and 12.22 lakh persons in 2015. However, actual figures could be much more because the informal sector sees very few people registered in employment exchange offices.

#Delhi: 10% spike in number of #vehicles on roads

The national capital witnessed a sharp rise in the total number of motor vehicles plying on its roads in the financial year 2015-16 – marking a growth of 9.94 per cent over the previous year – according to the latest Economic Survey of Delhi released on Tuesday. Even as the city grapples with vehicular congestion, prompting the Delhi government to resort to measures such as the odd-even road rationing scheme to tackle air pollution, the number of vehicles on Delhi’s roads increased from about 88 lakh to 97.05 lakh last year.

#Delhi: Trucks can enter city after 11 pm

The Delhi government has relaxed its restrictions for entry of heavy commercial vehicles and trucks into the city, by allowing vehicles to enter an hour earlier at night. As per a notification issued in November, 2016, vehicles could not enter between 7 am and midnight. The amendment was made in a notification placed before the House on Tuesday, which says heavy vehicles can enter the city by 11 pm. "On being satisfied that it is necessary in the interest and convenience of public. to regulate movement of heavy, medium and light goods vehicles on Delhi roads, the GNCTD amends its earlier notification for the purpose of the prohibition of plying and idle-parking of (these) vehicles on the roads and areas during specified timings," the notification said.

#DDCA defamation row: Jaitley grilled for second day running

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was today subjected to intense grilling for his Rs 10 crore civil defamation suit against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi High Court in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name was sought to be dragged by noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani. Jaitley, who termed the question referring to the Prime Minister as "scandalous", faced a barrage of questions including selective targetting of Kejriwal when other politicians had also raised the issue of corruption against him in the DDCA.

No one to be deprived of benefits for lack of #Aadhaar

No one to be deprived of benefits for lack of Aadhaar

Government says that benefits to continue with alternate means of identification

Government has said that no one will be deprived of the benefits for lack of Aadhaar. In a statement issued today, the Government has reiterated that till Aadhaar number is assigned to any individual, the benefit will continue to be given based on alternate means of identification. It also directed the departments to provide Aadhaar enrolment facilities to their beneficiaries under Regulation 12 of Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations 2016.

Considering the usefulness of Aadhaar in curbing leakages and bringing transparency in delivery system, the Government has recently issued orders to use Aadhaar in several other welfare schemes funded from the Consolidated Fund of India. While these orders require beneficiaries of these programs to give their Aadhaar number, it has also been ensured that no one is deprived of the benefits for want of Aadhaar.

In case of Mid Day Meal scheme and under the Integrated Child Development Scheme, the schools and Anganwadis have been asked to collect the Aadhaar number of the children beneficiaries and in case a child does not have Aadhaar, the school or ICDS functionary will be required to provide enrolment facilities to a child and till Aadhaar number is assigned, the benefits will be continue.
Aadhaar has been given to more than 112 Crore people. With such wide and extensive coverage, Aadhaar has become an important tool of transformation, good governance and empowerment of people. It ensures that the benefits reach only the deserving and entitled individuals and are not cornered away by fake persons and middlemen. Various studies and survey had earlier pointed out massive leakages in welfare schemes. During the last two and half years, Aadhaar has helped in direct delivery of benefits to crores of people through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in schemes such as LPG subsidy under Pahal, Scholarships, MNREGA, and Pensions. In the Public Distribution System, Aadhaar is also ensuring that the food grains are received only by the genuine beneficiaries and not diverted by any middle man or unscrupulous elements. It has, thus, saved huge sums of public money which otherwise was being siphoned away by middlemen. The total savings because of plugging of leakages due to Aadhaar during the last two and half years in just a few schemes where Aadhaar has been implemented amount to more than Rs 49,000 Crore.