Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CM Office Misleading Delhi citizens
on Unauthorized Colonies : Jolly

New Delhi, 26th Aug 2012 :  Delhi BJP Spokesman Mr. Vijay Jolly today charged Delhi Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dikshit and her Parliamentary Secretary for misleading Delhi citizens on the issue of regularization of unauthorized colonies in Delhi.  

BJP Spokesman Mr. Jolly questioned why Congress govt. in Delhi for more than 13 years and UPA Govt. in Centre for 8 years have not regularized a single unauthorized colony in Delhi ? Why Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi distributed provisional certificates to RWAs of unauthorized colonies in year 2008 and still the issue is pending ? Is it not true that before every state assembly election, Congress makes it a political issue for vote bank politics ?

BJP has always remained committed for regularization of all unauthorized colonies in Delhi since early 90’s. It is a true fact that BJP Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma had appeared personally in Delhi High Court on 17th Aug 1998 in support of regularization ? Can the Congress Chief Minister and her office deny this fact questioned BJP Spokesman Mr. Vijay Jolly ? It is untrue that Former Union Minister Jagmohan had opposed the regularization. It is also untrue that social activist Mr. H.D. Shourie was ever a BJP member in Delhi.

Delhi BJP condemns the malicious claims of Delhi CM office on the issue. The hollow statement of CM office that “Chief Minister has decided to regularize unauthorized colonies the way Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi & Rajiv Gandhi” is totally false and misleading stated BJP Spokesman Mr. Jolly. The Chief Minister has failed on the issue since 1998 due to Delhi Govt. misleading policy on unauthorized colonies. Delhi Govt. is non serious on the issue and it can not sideline the civic body claimed BJP leader Mr. Jolly. 
28 AUGUST 2012, TUESDAY at 11.30a.m.

For the last 8 years, people of Bawana have been continuously struggling for their right to shelter. We were evicted from various parts of the city and forced live in inhumane conditions in Bawana resettlement colony. Our livelihoods were snatched from us and we were left to survive in shacks inspite of several promises made to us. To ensure our legal entitlements, we organised many protests and hunger strikes at DDA offices and at Raj Niwas. We gave continuous representations to DDA officials, Hon. Lt. Governor, political representatives through meetings and letters. We organised indefinite protests at DDA subhash nagar and pitampura to ensure DDA officials work and implement orders of the Hon. Lt. Governor to allot plots in Bawana to us. We have had five meetings with the Hon. Lt. Governor and in each meeting DDA recognised its faulty implementation of the resettlement policy and ordered allotment of plots to all of us who have been rendered homeless by the DDA and government authorities. 
Inspite of these developments we have been subjected to harassment and denial of our fundamental rights. In these years we have been victims of fatal illnesses, hunger and unemployment but have followed our collective demand to attain our right to shelter and livelihood. After protesting day and night at Raj Niwas in February 2012 and facing police repression of our voices, the Hon. Lt. Governor decided to meet us on 7th March 2012. In that meeting, he passed orders to clarify the resettlement policy and ensured us that our plots will be allotted to us within 3 months. It is shameful that after making such promises to people who have been fighting for justice for the last 8 years, the DDA and its officials have still not fulfilled their duties and have continuously violated orders of the Hon. Lt. Governor regarding the Bawana Resettlement case. 
While the DDA refuses to correct its irregularities, recent R.T.I's have revealed that the DDA has not completed its responsibilities under the law, i.e. Delhi Master Plan, and has only built only 5.5 lakh houses out of 7.4 lakh houses during the first master plan, 5.56 lakh houses out of 16.2 lakh houses during the second master plan. The DDA was to construct 23 lakh houses till 2001 but has constructed only 11 lakh houses under the third master plan. These figures raise a few questions,
  • If the number of houses made for urban poor is significantly lesser than the mandated houses to be made, where is the land allocated by the DDA for the same ??
  • Why has no action been taken against the violation of the Master Plan ??
  • Why does the DDA continue to make excuses of scarcity of land to deny urban poor their right to shelter when we know that land occupied by illegal parking lots in Delhi is double of the amount of land occupied by all slums and juggi-jhopdi clusters and there is no accountability of land use by the DDA ?
The DDA is clearly guilty of perpetuating inequality in our city and has also institutionalized inequality through its unlawful distribution and use of land and denial of housing to urban poor who have faced violent evictions in our city. The DDA must be held answerable for its irresponsibility and immediate action must be taken to ensure housing rights of poor.
Thus, the evictees from Bawana are organising a indefinite protest at Raj Niwas on 28th August 2012 11:30 am onwards to demand implementation of orders of the Hon Lt. Governor and legal action against DDA officials who have denied justice and violated orders of the Hon. Lt. Governor. 

Do join us and support us in voicing our demands for right to shelter and justice !

Bawana Sangharsh Samiti

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TiE-Lumis Partners announce Awards for Entrepreneurial Excellence
To honour winners at the TiEcon Delhi 2012 on Sep 28
Online entries close end August 2012

New Delhi August 28, 2012
The New Delhi-NCR chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), the world’s largest body of entrepreneurs, in association with Lumis Partners, a PE (private equity) fund focused on business services companies, has announced the TiE-Lumis Partners Excellence Awards to recognize excellence among entrepreneurial companies set up less than five years ago.

Companies built on differentiated ideas by young entrepreneurs that have successfully scaled their operations through meticulous execution in the last five years will be selected by a panel of judges drawn from senior TiE members.

Of the shortlisted finalists, three young companies and the zealous entrepreneurs who made them successful with their grit and determination will be presented with the award.

“While the TiE-Lumis Partners Awards spot differentiated ideas nurtured through innovative execution they will also serve to laud the passion of the young entrepreneurs who overcame tough challenges to create new markets for their products,” says Ms. Geetika Dayal, Executive Director, TiE Delhi- NCR.

“Many of the past winners continue to serve as a source of inspiration for the wannabe entrepreneurs even today,” Ms. Dayal added.

Ms Dayal said eminent thought leaders on entrepreneurship, start-up strategists, fund managers and TiE members will share their inspirational stories, knowledge and expertise at the seventh TiEcon conference.

“Organisations like TiE have created an excitement around entrepreneurship and ignited passion among its young men and women to explore and build new businesses. TiE-Lumis awards serve as a platform for budding entrepreneurs to benefit from mentoring, networking and benchmarking,” says Mr. Sandeep Sinha, Managing Partner, Lumis Partners.

Organisations and individuals from private independent entities operational for less than five years (not a subsidiary of a large firm) can enter their nominations online at http://excellenceawards.tiecon-delhi.org/ by August 31.

For clarifications, individuals may write in to manish@tiecon-delhi.org.

The jury will evaluate the entries on the basis of the applicants’ understanding of the market vis-à-vis product placement, differentiators, value proposition and social impact. The applicants should have achieved a turnover of over Rs. 1 crore or have at least five paying customers. The shortlisted finalists will be invited to present their idea at the TiEcon Delhi 2012. The three winners will be honoured on September 28, 2012.

Previous winners of TiE-Lumis awards include:
2011: Capillary, Innovz and CoCubes
2010: iXiGO, Business2Rural (B2R) and Canvera
2009: AIESECT, The Loot and mChek
2008: MakeMytrip, VLCC and RT Outsourcing now known as inTarvo

Over 1,000 entrepreneurs across sectors are expected to participate in the two-day TiEcon Delhi 2012 that kicks off on September 28 in New Delhi. The event will host a series of interactive sessions with entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders and other stakeholders.

The annual conference will offer attendees an opportunity to learn about
entrepreneurial firmament in a variety of sectors.

About Lumis Partners
Lumis Partners is a private equity fund focused on investing in business services companies leveraging technology and global operations to grow and succeed.
Lumis has a rigorous and disciplined investment philosophy, as well as an intense focus on operational participation. It’s operating experience and global resource network allows it to attract and infuse superior management teams with significant operating expertise. Whether it is managing growth and scaling up, or strategic focus and product offering transformation, or operating process excellence, it has a core team of industry established professionals, and an extensive network of senior executives and specialists with a track record of having delivered exceptional value in similar situations in the past.

About The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE)
The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) founded, in 1992 in Silicon Valley, by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and senior professionals with roots in the Indus region currently has over 13,000 members and over 2,500 charter members in 61 chapters across 15 countries.

TiE's mission is to foster entrepreneurship globally through mentoring, networking, and education. Dedicated to the virtuous cycle of wealth creation and giving back to the community, TiE's focus is on generating and nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs
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