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Delhi Police launches Mobile App for senior citizens

The Delhi Police has launched a mobile application “Delhi Police Senior Citizen” for senior citizens to provide immediate assistance to them in distress.

The facility was launched by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung at a function in New Delhi on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons (observed on October 1).

Key Features of app

  • The application has an SOS button integrated with a dedicated existing helpline for Senior Citizen – 1291.
  • The app has been designed with features that allow users to press the SOS button in case of an emergency. The call will reach a dedicated station.
  • If the user is unwell, an ambulance will be sent. In case for any other reason, a beat constable will be asked to contact the user.
  • In case, the user does not respond to operator’s calls, a beat constable will swiftly visit the house to verify the reason of distress.

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LG is the administrative head of National Capital Territory: Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court has ruled that the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi continues to be a Union Territory (UT) under the administrative control of the Lt Governor (LG).

Ruling in this regard was given HC bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath. It brings an end to tussle between the cabinet form of governance in Delhi and the Lieutenant Governor.

The hearing held that

  • Delhi continues to be UT even after Constitution was amended to create National Capital Territory (NCT).
  • In matters which in which assembly can make laws, the Ministry’s decisions should be communicated to LG and should be implemented only if LG agrees.
  • Delhi Government’s decisions to probe alleged irregularities in the functioning DDCA and CNG fitness scam as illegal since these orders were issued without seeking the concurrence of Lt Governor.
  • Besides its policy directions to electricity regulatory commission for compensation to people for disruption in power supply was also declared illegal.

Delhi High Court’s hearing was based on reading of Article 239 and Article 239AA of the Constitution together along with the provisions of the Government of NCT of Delhi Act, 1991 and the Transaction of Business of the Government of NCT of Delhi Rules, 1993

Article 239: It provides that every Union territory shall be administered by the President acting, to such extent as he thinks fit. He administers UT through an administrator to be appointed by him. It provides to the President the power to appoint a Governor as the administrator of the UT.

Article 239AA: It provides special provisions stating the UT of Delhi shall be called the NCTD. There shall be a Legislative Assembly for the NCT and the seats in such Assembly shall be filled by members chosen by direct election from territorial constituencies in the NCT.

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Delhi Government approves first Solar Policy

The Delhi government has approved the first Solar Policy which aims at making the Capital an environment-friendly solar city.

It was approved by Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as it is part of one of Government’s 70-point agendas.

The policy has been prepared by the Government of Delhi in consultation with the Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC) after extensive consultations with local and international experts.

Key features of Policy

  • Recommends the installation of 1 GW (1,000 Mega Watts) solar power capacity in Delhi by 2020, which is proposed to be doubled to 2 GW by 2025.
  • Outlines a combination of regulations, mandates, incentives, and tax breaks for the growth of rooftop solar power in the Capital.
  • Supports all models of ownership and maintenance of solar plants, including third-party-owned, self-owned models.
  • Mandatory deployment of solar panels on the government or public institutions.
  • Allows generation based incentive for 3 years and amendment of the building bylaws for rooftop solar installations.
  • Allows concept of virtual net metering in order to give access to the solar net metering facility to the consumers who do not have a suitable roof for installing a solar system.
  • It also allows group net metering to encourage solar plants on rooftops of buildings that cannot consume all of the energy generated locally.
  • Power department’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Centre (EE&REM) will be nodal agency responsible for effective implementation of this policy.

Comment

The policy seeks to lower state’s expenditure on energy by providing clean and green energy. It also seeks to strengthen its energy security and reduces its reliance on unsustainable fossil fuels. It also seeks to reduce the burden on the existing distribution and transmission system to lower expenditure on their maintenance

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