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The deteriorating public transport system DTC has made the lives of the commuters cumbersome and in immense jeopardy with majority of the buses going off the road and routes and the officers literally doing nothing to set right the situation.

The Delhi government of AAP has terribly failed on this front with DTC commuters, majority of them from the lower middle class and the poor strata of the society constrained to either wait for hours at bus stands and then due to non availability of buses miss his or her duties or compelled to pay three / four times extra by travelling in Delhi metro whose fares has been arbitrarily increased manifold despite incessant protests.

It may be recalled that during the previous regime under the Shiela Dikshit government the conditions of Delhi Transport Corporation was extremely good and smooth with thousands of buses on the road in good condition but after the return of the current government the DTC has increased heavy losses and the buses have also gone out of the roads.

Today, Delhi Transport Corporation has merely 3800 buses on Delhi roads with majority of them, permanentally stationed in Depots due to the extremely shortage of Drivers and negligence and complacense of the staff and depot managers. Several buses are out of order and literally decaying. Delhi actually requires11000 buses to cope with the current situation but DTC has merely 3800 buses under operation resulting in extreme shortage and inconvenience to the commuters.

One can easily find buses stationed at Depots and bus stands but they hardly move on routes on time and miss several trips of every route. There is total mis management in DTC with the monopoly of Divers, Conductors and local ATIs who are supportive of each other missing their trips as per their conveniences and hardly caring for the commuters welfare. One can see groups of commuters waiting at bus stands for hours together with little or no hope of getting buses to reach at prescribed destinations.

The staff is equally non cooperative and least caring passing the buck on depot managers for not arranging adequate number of buses in time. It’s the commuter who suffer ultimately. According to the sources the DTC is running in heavy losses of several thousand crores and is increasing further manifold due to the negligent attitude of the staff and officers who either intentionally mis thousands of daily trips daily on various routes or due to congestion of encroachments.

Its because of this negligence on the part of the DTC officials and the Delhi government that lacs of Delhi commuters are badly suffering and the Delhi Metro Corporation on the other hand is exploiting them to the hilt with its increased fares on daily basis. Conclusively, it can be unabiguously said that the Delhi government has failed on DTC front and all complaints sent to them by the commuters have fallen on the deaf years of the DTC officials literally doing nothing to set right the situation.

The Delhi transport minister should seriously look into the grievances of the the Delhi commuters by increasing the DTC fleets on all the routes and minitoring the situation by holding regular meetings and inspections with the officials of the transport department as well as the DTC officials at the decentralised level.

The latest reports indicate that the DTC is suffering the whoping loss of Rs nine crores every month on just because of missing of thousands of trips on daily and monthly basis due to the traffic cobgestion and negligence of the staff due to dereliction of their respective duties.
SUNIL NEGI

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Sometimes the God is so unkind and ruthless that most tragic, highly shocking and unfortunately anguishing incidents happen making everybody shell shocked. It’s undoubtedly a hard fact that whoever has taken birth on this earth has to go one day and its a mandatory rule of the Almighty. Some go earlier while some after enjoying the life to the full attaining whatever they’d wished.

But when a person leaves this universe at an adoloscent age while making his or her career as a shining star the tragedy not only catastrophically shocks everyone but also leaves his or her parents and near and dear ones alive for no reason or purpose of life.

I am talking here about one such hugest tragedy of a budding and highly talented prodigy footballer Nitisha Negi who met her last in Australia perhaps two days ago where she had gone to participate on behalf of the Schools Games Federation of India representing our country as one of the players of the India students football team. Because of her inborn talent as a prodigy footballer having won number of awards and felicitations at such a tender age earlier, Nitisha Negi was sent to Australia by the School Games Federation of India to participate in the prestigious Pan Pacific Asian Games where she met with the tragedy at the sea while clicking pictures having got surreptitiously swept away in the sea tides.

The body of late Nitisha Negi, an excellent footbal prodigy will reach Delhi on 16th December, 2017 for cremation. Her body will be kept for ANTIM DARSHAN AND SHRADHANJALI at Garhwal Bhawan on Saurday the 16th, from 5 to 8 PM to be finally consigned to flames. Nitisha’ s untimely tragic demise has sent shock waves in the entire football fraternity of India as well as, amongst the Uttarakhand community globally.

While expressing our heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family I on behalf of the Uttarakhand Journalists Forum prray to Almighty to give peace to the pious soul and enough strenghth to the aggrieved family to bear this most irreperable loss. In the meanwhile the union minister of state for textiles and member of parliament from Almora Uttarakhand Ajay Tamta visited the parents at the deceased prodigy’s house and shared the grief with them.

Ajay Tamta assured the aggrieved parents of Nitisha of all possible financial assistence through the Uttarakhand CM’s discreationery fund and stringent action against the officials responsible for their negligence in this shocking episode. He was accompanied by Dr. Vinod Bacheti,Chairman DPMI. Om Shanti
SUNL NEGI, President, Uttarakhand Journalists Forum

This is the current, stunning and marvellous picture of historical Kedarnath Shrine fully engulfed with knee deep snow sent by senior journalist friend Mohit Dimri, which remains closed during the winters and opens in April, May reviving its usual functioning with hundreds of thousands of pilgrims all over the country and the globe thronging in, for Lord Shiva’s Darshan, the creater and destroyer of this Universe.

The climate here is extremely chilling with the usual temperature sliding to minus 7 degrees during noon and crossing – 20 or more degrees during midnight. But what looks interesting and adventurous is the fact that the employees of Nehru Mountaineering Institute (NIM) looking after the affairs of the maintenance and development of Kedarnath and its immediate surroundings are round the clock busy amid the most deadly, treacherous and challenging situations, clearing the area and roads of heaps of snow measuring 2 to 3 feet over ground. Hats off to them.

It may be recalled that during 2013 June 15/ 16 when the entire Kedarpuri including Ram Bada and the Kedar valley was engulfed with the highly devastating deluge due to massive cloud bursts and subsequent bursting of the Chorabaari Lake also called the Gandhi Sarovar, they were the brave and hard working people of the NIM who in the aftermath of this devastating ecological disaster rebuild and renovated the entire Kedarnath vicinity under extreme challenging weather conditions beyond anybody’s expectation with the landing of high tech extremely heavy loaded bull dozers and other machines ferryed at such a towering height through helicopters.

It was a record in itself. Historical Kedarnath temple is situated at 11, 755 feet from the sea level where even during the summers, the weather comes to 2 to 5 degrees during the nights and the running high speed Mandakini and Alaknanda rivers get frozen . Over ten thousand pilgrims from Uttarakhand and several other parts of the country had died during this catastrophic tragedy. Uttarakhand has four historical religious shrines popular world over where millions of pilgrims come to pay their respects and prayers with extreme obeisance to lord Kedarnath, Badrinath, Goddess Gangotri and Yamnotri.

While Gangotri and Yamunotri emerges from the huge himalayan glaciers since time immemorial quenching the thirst and irrigational needs of the entire nation finally converging in Bay of Bengal, the Kedarnathand Badrinath shrines are of immense value for the devotees all around the globe.

A month ago prime minister Narendra Modi had visited Kedarnath Temple for the second time on the day of its closure during the winters and had announced several projects for the over all facelift of Kedarpuri that involved innovative development of inner roads and construction of modernised luving accomodation for the pujaries as well as the pilgrims who visit here from distant parts of the country and the globe including inner roads etc. The work on these projects got badly affected due to the excessive snow fall say the sources which will be resumed after the inclement weather situation improves in the near future. The Kedarnath site and temple fully clad in snow gives the imresson as if a pitch white( bright) silver sheet have been spread in Kedarpuri by Lord Shiva.

SUNIL NEGI

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Veteran Congress leader and former union minister Mani Shankar Aiyer who currently stands suspended from the primary membership of the party for using a most unethical word against prime minister Narendra Modi calling him NEECH has though apologised saying that if his statement causes harm to the chances of Congress party in Gujarat elections he is apologetic for his wrong utterances but has done incalculable harm to the chances of the party in Gujarat elections say political analysts.

This is not the first time that arrogant in nature and used to objectionable utterances , he had earlier too used foul language against the BJP stalwart Lal Krishna Advani calling him a, “Laik Insaan lekin naalayak neta,” but later on apologising diplomatically saying that it was because of his little knowledge of Hindi that he couldn’t use the right words and therefore his mistake was unintentional. Mani Shankar Aiyyer may say so but the fact of the matter is he has proved himself less an asset for the Congress party despite his being a chequered diplomat, an intellectual, a staunch party man and a good writer but more a problem as his unethical utterances has not only created unnecessary problems, hiccups and bad name for the party but has also given undue sympathy and anti Congress mileage to the BJP and its leaders.

Arrogance in politics never pays but rather bring bad name and Aiyyer’s bad utterances for top leaders like Lal Krishna Advani and prime minister Narendra Modi has finally invited the wrath of the people of Gujarat as well as the country. Today, prime minister Modi has exploited this issue to the fullest in all his four public meetings addressed by him on the last leg of campaigning and the response from the people was tremendous. Modi connected this insult of his with the pride of Gujarat and Gujaraties and said that calling himm NEECH INSAAN by a veteran Congressman like a former diplomat and a leader of Rahul Gandhi’s party is not his but the entire Gujarat’s insult and degradation.

He even went to the extent of saying that the same Congress leader in the past went to Pakistan and allegedly gave supari there to ensure that he is wiped out of the scene for the harmonious and cohesive maintenance of healthy and cordial Indo Pakistan relations. The political analysts say that whatever little suport Rahul Gandhi had generated for the Congress Party in Gujarat by the dint of his hard work, potential mobilisation, largely attended public meetings, his oratorical speeches and high quality eloquence has been completely washed out by Mani Shankar Aiyyer’s highly uncalled for utterances agaist the prime minister.

And it was because of this that the entire Congress and its Chief Rahul Gandhi were constrained to sideline him fully. Let’s see what comes out on 19th January when the elections results of Gujarat are declared but one thing is for sure that if Congress loses here badly the entire blame will rest on the blunders of the Congress veteran Mani Shankar Aiyyer say the sources. What do you say friends.
SUNIL NEGI

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In Bhartiya Janata Party since it came to power in 2014 with prime minister Narendra Modi’s Charisma, while there have been tremendous support for Modi within and outside the Party with his one time rivals like Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley slowly and gradually becoming his biggest admirers and trusted people after the latters’ induction in the Union Council of ministers given the charge of plum portfolios like finance and external affairs there is no dearth of opposition emerging from within as well, though slowly and steadily.

Today the Modi charisma though still on the hype but is partially on the down slide as well to an extent as he is being dubbed by his ardent opponenrts, particularly, the Congress as the rhetoric PM loading people of the country with excessive promises but doing little or negligible on the ground. During prime minister Narendra Modi’s three and a half year tenure as a most popular and gutsy leader while on the one hand he had been appreciated and lauded for his actions on foreign diplomatic front having toured several countries of the globe and resolving vexed issues like Doklam stand off, maintaining healthy bilateral trade and security relations with super power like US, Japan, countries of the middle east, China and SAARC nations, and establishing its leadership supremacy in UN by winning the election for the judgeship of International Court of justice defeating UNSC’s powerful member, Britain compounded with surgical strikes demolishing terror sanctuaries across the border etc compounded with incessant victories in several state elections thus ruling in 18 states of the country on the other hand he has been horribly condemned and criticized by his seasoned opponents like former finance minister Yashwant Sinha and ex Minister in the Vajpayees’s govt, senior journalist Arun Shouri as well as the former minister and actor turned politician Shatrughan Sinha on the issues of demonetisation, GST, inflation, his foreign visits and various policy matters terming them as anti people and utterly lop sided.

The former deputy prime minister Lal Krishna Advani, his one time God father and the senior leader and former union minister Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi too had been cut to sizes politically under the guise of having crossed 75 years of age and therefore of no use to the party. Political analysts say that while Narendra Modi is still extremely popular amongst the masses in the country but on the issues such as lynching of minorities, inflation, ill effects of demonetization, attacks on journalists and on GST implementation etc including his being tamed as the leader symbolising rhetorics have to some extent tried to put dent to his image. While the analysts claim that Modi may still have the upper hand in the 2019 elections due to the supposed wave of religious polarisation of majoritarianism and other factors such as weak leadership of his chief opponent Rahul Gandhi but the recent exposure in caravan about the suspicious death of the Mumbai High Court judge looking after the BJP chief Amit Shah case and the case of his son’s bank account that multiplied from 50 thousand to 80 crores in a short duration, if blown out of proportion may definitely bring his and the party’s image to the downslide tremendously.

The increasing pressure of Rahul Gandhi, Hardik Patel, Jignesh and Kalpesh Thakur have already compelled Prime minister Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah to shift the entire union cabinet to the poll bound Gujarat which unambiguously speaks of the fact that the graph of the current political dispensation and its leader at the centre who once ruled Gujarat as its two time CM is in greatest jeopardy atleast till the final results of the state are finally declared.

It may therefore conclusively be said that its not only from the Congress Party or its leader Rahul Gandhi through whom the BJP in Gujarat is confronting challenge of the greatest magnitude despite its chances of victory on Gujarat pride factor, Modi being the PM of the country but within the party too the one time invincible PM is being challenged by the likes of vociferous and oratorically highly skilled Yashwant Sinha, veteran journalist Arun Shourie and the actor turned former minister Shatrughan Sinha. While the patriarchs of the party like LK Advani and Dr. Murli Manohar Joshi are mum publically but it is reliably learn that they leave no stone unturned to criticize the party and government leadership as and when they get the chance to do so but within the four walls and amongst the party distractors. It seems that despite so much of over confidence all is not well within the ruling party. What do you say friends?

SUNIL NEGI

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The election of the prestigious Press Club of India is on 25th November and the countdown has begun. The voting will start at 10 in the morning till 6 in the evening. There are thousands of members of PCI and the voting percentage goes beyond 70% as journalists take lot of interest in this poll getting an opportunity of meeting their old friends under a roof after long time.

You can see journalists of print and electronics media in large numbers interacting with each other while the contestents and their supporters busy in canvassing support for themselves as well as their respective panels.  You can also witness some heated disscussions amongst the rival groups.

But by and large the elections are held in a cordial and peaceful atmosphere. The election is also an opportunity for the PCI management to get the old pending bills of the members cleared as without getting their balance cleared they are not supposed to vote.

These PCI elections are no less than any other political elections’ as you may find banners, colourful hoardings and thousands of handbills and posters affixed in the PCI precincts and the surroundings with appeals to vote. A good amount of finance in involved in the campaigning and arrangements of the election. On the day of polling the PCI management looking after the sale of drinks, foodstuffs etc earn handsomely as the sale on this day increases considerably and beyond proportions.

This time the principle fight is between the two panels, one those are already at the helm of affairs since 2010 i.e. Gautam Lahiri, Manoranjan Bharti, Vinay Kumar and Mahuva Panel while the other represented by the president candidate Sen, Gandhi, Faridi, Jain Panel trying to give a strong fight using the anti incumbency factor to its advantage. But the current sitting panel has number of advantages to its credit like giving the club a magnifcient face lift with massive infrastructural development compounded with improvement in the quality of food stuff and bringing transparency in the club activities.

They have also been organising protest demonstrations, seminars, talks and launching struggles against the ahocking incidents of repression and lynching of journalists from time to time and fighting for the rights of the journalistic fraternity. Apart from this the present management has covered the entire fiscal deficit of the previous years the pre 2010 era and brought the club in satisfying financial position.

The rival panel is heavily banking on the anti incumbency factor and leaving no opportunity to request voters to effect the change this time as they say that in democracy change is an inevitable factor for the good of the society.

The Lahiri Mahua panel accuses their rival of allegedly filing a case in the court for cancellation of membership above 6700 membership and say that if they are elected a good number of journalists would loose their membership. The charges and counter charges are going on but who ultimately wins would be known after a day as the counting is slated for Sunday, the 26th November . However the voting is on 25th November which will by and large indicate the trend by the evening, when voting ends.

SUNIL NEGI

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The Delhi government of AAP have been doing appreciable job on health, education, water and to an extent on power tarriff front by giving various concessions to the Delhi electorates, particularly those hailing from the lower middle class and the lowest ebb of the society as being given to understand and had also raised its voice of dissent against the arbitrary rise in the metro fare issue including passing of a resolution for regularising the contractual and adhoc services of the teachers imparting education receiving lowest salaries, though the matter is stuck at central level.

But in the context of the public transport front especially providing comfortable and convenient mode of transport through DTC it has not come up to the expectations of the Delhi commuters, particularly those belonging to the common masses, the student community and service sectors. The irregular, tardy, poor and complacent DTC n cluster bus services have led to enhance the dependence of majority of the Delhi populace to travel by metro rails whose fare has already been increased manifold twice in just six months, beyond their reach to pay.

Sounds shocking and ironical that on the one hand the AAP leaders and the Delhi government create shortage of public transport and on the other hand vociferously shows its impressive public dissent against the BJP government at the centre. The fact of the matter is had the Delhi government or the chief minister been serious on this count the majority numbers of metro rail commuters would have shifted to Delhi Transport Corporation services after the DMRC’S arbitrary anti people fare hike.

Today, Delhi has no dearth of funds and a whopping sum of rupees 829 crores collected as green tax is already lying unutilized. Delhi requires about 11000 buses to adequately cope with the situation but the anguishing fact is that there are currently only 5445 buses out of which due to the shortage of staff or some buses being faulty the number gets further reduced. The condition of public transport in DELHI is quite pathetic requires an indepth overhaul.

However the Delhi government has now, after so much of hue and cry ordered for the supply of 500 battery operated buses, good from the environmental angle but their delievery will take at least more than a year and by that time the pollution level of Delhi will further go ahead and the metro fares would be further increased. The point is, what had been the the current government doing till date after having come to power in Delhi. All the DTC buses are the ones’ purchased during the previous Shiela Dikshit government and since then the Delhi’ s new AAP dispensation has not purchased a single bus despite knowing the fact that majority of the commuters of the lower echelons of the society can’t afford the metro fares in view of their meagre salaries and low level private jobs. Delhi has a population of 1.35 crores out of which more than sixty persons live in unauthorised colonies and Jhunggi Jhompri clusters and are the low paid employees working in petty private jobs. Therefore adequate and full fledged bus transport system with little or no hassles is the perfect need of the hour.

SUNIL NEGI

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The Gujarat election which has become a prestige issue more for prime minister Narendra Modi than the Nehru Gandhi family scion and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has now assumed tremendous significance, particularly in view of the open declaration of support by the Gujarat’s most popular and well acclaimed 24 year old youth leader of Patidar community Hardik Patel.

Till yesterday, the attitude and temperament of Patel was sort of a zig zag nature as he was not in a position to outrightly decide whether to go with the Congress Party or not. But after the formal entry of the Rajput leader having his say in the Dalit and OBC community as well, Kalpesh Thakur in Congress and sharing joint political stage with Rahul Gandhi compounded with the soft corner of Jignesh Bhavani and perhaps internal pressures from the powerful Patidar community he has finally decided to support the Congress in this election. In view of the the support of Bhivani, Kalpesh and Hardik to Congress in Gujarat it seems for sure that a solid and credible combination of Dalits, Patidars, Rajputs and the OBC would be paving a direct and formidable challenge to the centrally and state ruling party BJP which had been succesful to keep the 135 year od Congress Party out of power in Gujarat for 22 protracted years.

Gujarat election is also significant from the point of view of deciding the future of the 2019 general election in which the Bhartiya Janata Party and Prime minister Narendra Modi are extremely confident of again staging a victory hands down thus compelling the main opposition Congress to bite the dust as declared by Modi and Amit Shah in their number of public meetings. While Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has emerged as a more dynamic and dashing leader in the context of Gujarat campaigning this time with countering every move of prime minister Narendra Modi by vociferously denouncing him and his government on the issues of demonetisation and GST acknowledging tremendous support and applauds from the audience in largely attended public meetings the BJP chief Amit Shah and PM Modi are trying to win the hearts of Gujaraties by accusing the Congress as anti Gujarat and anti Gujarati MANUSH and terming this election as the election of Gujarati pride and choice between dynasty or development, by announcing various pre election sops worth of rupees 11000 crores that includes massive employment opportunuties apart from the over all development of Gujarat.

These sops are in addition to the already declared over ambitious projects like hi speed bullet train and the completed, long expected Sardaar Sarovar Dam project. This election will also decide the fate of the patidar community leader Hardik Patel who’ve extended his whole hearted support to Congress Party without contesting a single seat but solely banking on the Congress Party’s assurances of giving reservation to the forward patidar community after they return to power in Gujarat.

But how, or will it be really fulfilled is anybody’s guess as the honourable Apex court has already rejected this proposition as the reservation could not exceed the 50% limit legally and constitutionally. However, though internally extremely apprehensive of the growing political influence of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi whose graph on twitter and Gujarat has magically gone on acendense, its leaders like Amit Shah n PM Modi are still highly confident of winning Gujarat keeping in view their spate of previous victories in 9 states out of 14 where elections were held after the BJP’s historic coming to power at the centre.

If political analysts are to be believed the anti incumbency factor majorly plays a pivotal role in each election except in some exceptional cases. And since Bjp is ruling the state for the last nineteen years, it’s not necessary that it can’t loose. The chances of Rahul seems to bright while that of BJP bleak. But if BJP really wins as is undeniable as well, it’s bound to repeat power by winning the 2019 elections, hands dow. What do you say friends?

SUNIL NEGI