Delhi inaugurates UID's 'Aadhar' programme
The 'Aadhar' programme was launched in Delhi on Tuesday by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit who distributed Unique Identification Numbers to a few residents from vulnerable sections of the society.
"Our collaboration with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) will yield positive results and people will have their identity numbers along with all relevant and crucial details," Dikshit said, after distributing the numbers and unfurling the tricolour at the state level Republic Day function organised at Chhatrasal Stadium in New Delhi.
Bank passbooks were also handed over to the residents who received UID numbers. The UID numbers will enable people to establish their identity while applying for bank accounts and will also help them get SIM cards from MTNL, officials said.
The Delhi government had started giving out UIDs to the city's 40 lakh homeless people in October 2010. Officials said the government will now start enrolling the rest of Delhiites.
Addressing the gathering, Dikshit congratulated school children and citizens for rendering their constructive cooperation in hosting the Commonwealth Games, "which turned out to be the best ever international sports event". "An apprehension was being reported over the success of Commonwealth Games, but we managed to make it a magnificent event. We were able to gear up all our resources for the success of Games despite being involved in overcoming flood-like situation," she said.
The chief minister said the hosting of Games provided an opportunity to take up a large number of developmental works on war footing within shortest possible time which would have otherwise taken six years to complete. "This also provided us an excellent opportunity to showcase our world-class infrastructure and greenery of the city."
The chief minister stated that her government during last 12 years has been able to bring a positive change in governance by enhancing transparency and accountability.
It has now implemented Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to ensure delivery of services by various departments within prescribed time frame. "Around 40 services have already been included and it is expected that the number of services will be over 100 very soon," she said.
This will provide relief to the common man who used to roam in offices to get their certificates issued from the authorities, Dikshit said. Further, it has also been decided that the officers found to be lukewarm and negligent in their works resulting in late delivery of services will be suitably fined to make SLAs more effective with more sharpened teeth, she said.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.