Delhi Underground

The Delhi Home department called a press conference last week to apprise the media about measures being taken to improve law and order in the capital.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: December 8, 2014 2:40:15 am
Breaking all barriers: Commuters try to a way out of a traffic jam on Nizamuddin Bridge. (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey) Breaking all barriers: Commuters try to a way out of a traffic jam on Nizamuddin Bridge. (Source: Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Mis-communication
The all-woman cab service for operators of the 181 women’s helpline have been currently suspended due to dispute over payment of dues by the government. However, the information does not seem to have percolated down to the women police constables who had been deputed to escort the operators home after their late shift. All of last week, even as the media reported the tussle between the government and the cab providers, the constables continued to report for duty at the police station late at night, only to go back when no one showed up. When contacted, the DCP concerned said there must have been “some mis-communication” as the duty roster was supposed to be changed.

Sociological question
The Delhi Home department called a press conference last week to apprise the media about measures being taken to improve law and order in the capital. Earlier, the Lt-Governor, while reviewing police’s handling of communal clashes in Trilokpuri, had asked the Delhi Police to improve its intelligence gathering. The Home department, however, said there was no easy answer to what caused communal clashes in Delhi after decades. “Only a sociologist can answer that question,” principal secretary (Home) Arvind Ray said. “Before the current dispensation (at the Centre) took charge, we had seen three major agitations in Delhi including that after the December 16, 2012, gangrape. At least this (communal clashes) was not of that magnitude,” Ray said.

On probation
The Union Law Minister, who took over recently, told the Bar Council of India that he is like a “probationary” at the ministry. The comment from the minister came after the bar put forward their demands. “I am like a new lawyer undergoing probation training. I need some time to understand the ministry and to understand problems of the bar. After that I can come back to you on your demands,” the law minister said.

No consensus
After Deputy Commissioner (Najafgarh) S C Yadav died in an accident on Tuesday, the South Municipal Corporation has decided to name a project after him to remember and commemorate his services to the civic body. However, members could not reach a consensus on what this project would be and thus deferred the decision to next month’s meeting.

For and against
In a writ petition filed before the Delhi High Court, residents of a JJ cluster in Vasant Kunj sought court orders against demolition. During the hearing, a resident of DDA flats in Vasant Kunj also appeared in court on their behalf, claiming that he would be “directly affected” as his domestic help lived in the JJ cluster. During the next hearing, other residents of the Vasant Kunj DDA colony turned up in court to argue against the “illegal” JJ cluster next to their colony.

Test of popularity
Taking a leaf out of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s book, who used the social media to communicate with voters and campaign, the Delhi BJP has decided to shortlist candidates on the basis of tweets and Twitter followers. After a meeting with the central leadership, the Delhi unit has been instructed to look the number of tweets and followers on Twitter while choosing Assembly election candidates for seats that the party lost in December 2013 polls. However, many believe that this criteria will fail when put to test.

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