Delhi Current Affairs

Anil Baijal appointed as Lt Governor of Delhi

President Pranab Mukherjee has appointed former bureaucrat Anil Baijal (70) as the 21st Lieutenant Governor of Delhi.

He will succeed Najeeb Jung who had resigned before completion of his term and is returning to teaching profession. 

About  Anil Baijal

  • He is retired IAS officer of 1969 batch of the Union Territory cadre.
  • He had served as Union Home Secretary under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government besides holding key positions in other ministries.
  • He retired in 2006 as the Secretary, Urban Development Ministry. He also had served as the vice chairman of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA).
  • He was associated with the designing and roll-out of the then UPA Government’s flagship programme the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
  • Currently, he was associated with the Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), a New Delhi-based think tank. He was also on the executive council of VIF.
Lieutenant Governor of Delhi

According to Article 239AA President administer UT of NCT Delhi through Lt Governor. The 69th Constitutional Amendment Act, 1991 (amended article 239AA) which provided special status to UT of Delhi also designated administrator of Delhi as Lt Governor. He is appointment by President and holds office till pleasure of President. Lt Governor of Delhi is also empowered to promulgate ordinances during the recess of assembly.

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SC approves Centre’s Graded Response System to tackle air pollution in Delhi-NCR

The Supreme Court has approved Central Government’s Graded Response Action Plan to tackle different levels of pollution in Delhi-NCR.

The apex court also has asked Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to upgrade its existing infrastructure and set up additional monitoring stations in Delhi-NCR.

Graded Response Action Plan

The enforcement of action plan will be under orders of Environment Pollution (Control and Prevention) Authority (EPCA). All other authorities will act in aid of such direction. It has enumerated a number of measures which include closing brick kilns, stone crushers, hot mix plants, intensifying public transport services besides increase in frequency of mechanised cleaning of road and sprinkling of water on roads to tackle problem of pollution.

Common Pollution Code
  • The action plan proposes common pollution code for Delhi-NCR to provide graded response to health emergencies caused by noxious air due to pollution.
  • The code categorises the severity of the pollutants present in the air into four categories- moderate to poor, very poor, severe, very Severe or emergency depending upon the level of pollutants in air.
  • Under it, when particulate matter (PM) 2.5 levels are above 250 to 430 micrograms per cubic metre in the ambient air it will be termed as “severe” levels of pollution.
  • After air pollution reaches such alarming proportions, immediate steps will be taken. It includes ban on construction activities and implementation of road space rationing schemes.

China’s capital city Beijing also has a similar pollution code where regular colour-coded alerts are issued based on the levels of toxic particles in the air.

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