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MCD to go tough on unauthorized constructions

Maidangarhi Extension falling in South Zone under its jurisdiction. The demolition actions were carried out by the MCD’s Building Department with the help of local police. The unauthorized demolished portions were not left in inhabitable condition. The building department completely demolished the property No. C-222 Chhatarpur Enclave comprising stilt, ground, first, second and third floors in single action in a day by column cutting technic.
South Zone

S. No.Property No.Action Taken

1.C-222, Chhatarpur Enclave, Phase-IIDemolished completely stilt, ground, first, second and third Floors
2.C-14, Chhatarpur Enclave, Phase-IIDemolished illegal portions at stilt, ground, first, second and third floors
3.D-134, Freedom Fighter ColonyDemolished and Sealed illegal portions at ground and second floors
4.A-59, Paryavaran ComplexSealed.
5.464, DDA Flat, MadangirDemolished illegal portions at fourth floor
6. 527, Gali No. 20, MadangirDemolished illegal portions at ground floor
7.A-1/1, Birla Colony, Chhatarpur ExtensionSealed.
8.A-1/6, Birla Colony, Chhatarpur ExtensionSealed.
9.A-1/21, Birla Colony, Chhatarpur ExtensionSealed
10Adjoining to 289, Sai Apartment, Maidangarhi ExtensionSealed  
So far, demolition action has been taken against 100 properties in the South Zone.

Bangladesh is not Pakistan

When the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in an informal meeting with a few editors, made the remarks that ‘twenty-five per cent of the population of Bangladesh swears by the Jamiat-ul-Islam and they are very anti-Indian and they are in the clutches of the I.S.I’, the insinuation was seen as an insult to the pride of a nation.

Bangladesh came into existence on the basis of its linguistic identity and not on it’s Islamic identity, and which has a consistent history, which Pakistan lacks, of fighting the fundamentalist forces.

Recently the Bangladesh Supreme Court banned the abuse of religion for political purposes, thereby paving the way for a secular country as envisaged in the Constitution framed by the founding fathers back in 1972. For any Bangladeshi, identifying with Pakistan is an attack on their distinctiveness.

Our Prime Minister made this unpalatable comparison that gnaws at the pride of people who made the first dent into the idea of Pakistan by revolting and separating from Islamabad. Mihir S. Sharma in Indian Express wrote that the Prime Minister’s statement “betrays a fatalism about Bangladesh’s future”, and shows New Delhi’s apparent lack of understanding of how dynamic the situation is there.Jamiat-ul-Islam has been a Pro-Pakistani Islamic group that opposed the creation of Bangladesh on the basis of its secular and linguistic identity. Its electoralacceptability to our eastern neighbour is not more than two per cent if one takes into account the 2008 elections. Even at the pinnacle of its success, the radical group could not go beyond eight per cent.

Many Bangladeshis feel that India and Indian people don’t understand the neighbour with which it shares the longest international border on the eastern front.
Times of India quoting Major (retd.) Shamsul Arefin, the author of the magnum opus, ‘Bangladesh Elections’, says that “we are a Bengali nation and we value our Bengali heritage. We are a nation of believers but we broke off from Pakistan because we were not like them. Many Indians though, especially in the far right, feel we are another Pakistan. And that is a great tragedy.”

This has been a real problem of the Indian establishment, to look at Bangladesh from the prism of Pakistan. Obsession with Faiz’s poetry has pushed Rabindranath Tagore’s “Sonar Bangla” to the margin of New Delhi’s mind space. Cultural similarities between the two sides of the Indus are emphasised so much that we forget that on the eastern border across both sides of the Ganges, we share great cultural, religious, linguistic, and attitudinal oneness.

“So fixated is New Delhi on the western border, that the benefits of looking east are continually forgotten: not just access to natural gas reserves, or to electricity for the power-starved belt of eastern India, but also the possibility that India’s Northeast, long short of routes to the outside world, will gain affordable transit rights to the sea, completely transforming its economy. For the rest of India, too, longed-for integration with the markets of Southeast Asia cannot happen if we have to go around Bangladesh to get there,” says Mihir S. Sharma in an article titled ‘The Delhi-Dhaka Distance’.

Former Union Minister, Mani Shankar Aiyar also laments this distance. A couple of years ago when he was releasing a book on the North-East, ‘Troubled Periphery’ by Subir Bhoumik, he said that “it is the biggest failure of India to retain the initiative gained after the creation of Bangladesh in 1971. Economic relation with Bangladesh is worse than what it was with East Pakistan and this has affected the economic interest of the North-East and this is one of the reasons why the region remains a prisoner of its frontiers”, and a “golden bird remains completely caged.”

It was expected that after Sheikh Hasina’s landmark visit to India in January 2010 where she unveiled a bold bilateral agenda of co-operation against Islamic terror, electricity generation, solution to the boundary dispute, and trade transit, India would follow it up with some urgency.
Nothing has moved since then. The boldness Bangladesh was expecting on lifting the trade tariff has been missing. Dhaka could get only a minor hike in the textile quota when it was expecting much more. Similarly on the security front, our neighbour showed great boldness by handing over the North-Eastern insurgent groups taking shelter there, but we could not even return the gesture. We never fail to taunt Bangladesh on the illegal migration issue but fail to control the killings at the border.

The late Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founder of Bangladesh, signed a framework agreement on the boundary in 1974, but in four decades we have been unable to sort out the issue.

No wonder the lack of initiative and proper interaction with Bangladesh has over the years bred anti-India sentiment. Dhaka based columnist Zafar Sobhan echoes this sentiment when he says that “if he (Manmohan Singh) is referring to Bangladesh resentment against what is perceived to be India’s looking down on Bangladesh and its supercilious and condescending attitude, then the sentiment is well-nigh universal inside the country.”

Another problem is India’s failure to develop a solid bipartisan foreign policy -vis-a-vis Bangladesh. Our ties with the eastern neighbour swings with the change in regime. We promote the Awami League and do not develop a working camaraderie with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), the main Opposition party. This also fuels anti-India sentiment among large sections of the Bangladeshi society.

In the last week of July, Congress President Sonia Gandhi will be going to Dhaka which would be followed by the visit of the Indian Prime Minister in September, the first ever visit by any Indian head of the state in the last twelve years. Many key agreements, like, the sharing of Teesta waters and the removal of tariff barriers on Bangladesh products, are likely to be signed during Manmohan Singh’s visit.

David M. Malone in his book on Indian foreign policy, ‘Does the Elephant Dance’, says that “she (Sheikh Hasina) will have to overcome conflicted feelings among Bangladeshis towards the larger, more powerful and economically more successful neighbour” and “one means of achieving greater harmony would be to hitch Bangladesh’s economic prospects more clearly to the rising economic stars of India.”

No doubt deeper economic relationship with the eastern neighbour will go a long way in sorting out the problems of perception.
New Delhi will have to recognise the rapid economic rise of Dhaka and its important role in the success of the ‘Look East Policy’. At a time when we are giving a new direction to our foreign policy, Bangladesh, occupies an important strategic place in our scheme of things.


Sanjay Kumar is a New Delhi-based journalist, who covers national and international politics and trends.

Salman is Law Minister, Trivedi Railways, Jairam RD

In the reshuffle, three ministers were elevated to the cabinet rank and the resignation of the seven ministers has been accepted. Jairam Ramesh is the new Rural Development Minister who replaces Vilasrao Deshmukh. M Veerappa Moily has been shifted from Law to Corporate Affairs and Salman Khursheed brought in his place.
Trinamool Congress leader Dinesh Trivedi has been elevated to the Cabinet rank and given the Railways portfolio, Beni Prasad Verma is now a Cabinet Minister for Steel, a portfolio he earlier held as Minister of State with Independent charge.

The other new faces in the Council of Ministers are Jayanthi Natarajan- Environment and Forests, Paban Singh Ghatowar-Development of North Eastern Region, Sudip Bandopadhyaya -Health and Family Welfare, Jitendra Singh -Home, Milind Deora-Communication and IT and Rajiv Shukla -Parliamentary Affairs.

Ministers who have been dropped from the Cabinet are- M S Gill (Statistics and Programme Implementation), B K Handique(DONER), Kantilal Bhuria (Tribal Affairs), Murli Deora (Corporate Affairs) and Dayanidhi Maran (Textiles). With this the strength of the Council of Ministers has gone up to 68.

Additional charge of Textiles has been given to Anand Sharma and P K Bansal, Water Resources. Anand Sharma retains Commerce and Industry and Bansal Parliamentary Affairs. HRD Minister Kapil Sibal continues to hold additional charge of Telecom, while Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi continues to hold additional charge of Civil Aviation.

Veteran Parliamentarian from Andhra Pradesh V Kishore Chandra Deo makes his entry into the Cabinet for the first time, making him the second minister from the state after S Jaipal Reddy. Charan Das Mahant has also made a debut as MoS in Agriculture and Food Processing.

Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has been shifted to Science and Technology and Earth Sciences. Minister of State for External Affairs E Ahamed has also been given the additional charge of HRD. Minsters of State V Narayanasamy and Ashwani Kumar shed Parliamentary Affairs portfolios which have gone to new entrant Rajiv Shukla and Harish Rawat, who retains MoS for Agriculture and Food Processing.

Minister of State for Shipping and Railways Mukul Roy, has been divested of the Railways portfolio gets parliamentary affairs. Ministers of State for Steel and Rural Development A. Sai Prathap and Arun Yadav were also dropped from the Council of Ministers.

There is no change in portfolios of Finance, Home, Defence and External Affairs ministries.

The Vice President Mohd. Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, senior Cabinet Ministers, UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi and leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj were among the dignitaries who were present at the swearing in ceremony

Earlier Report

NEW DELHI: (AMN) The Prime Minister has recommended the President Pratibha patil that the following may be appointed as members of the Union Council of Ministers and has requested that the oath of office and secrecy be administered at 5.00pm.

1.  V. Kishore Chandra Deo
2.  Beni Prasad Verma
3.  Dinesh Trivedi
4.  Jairam Ramesh
5.  Srikant Jena
6. Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan
7.  Paban Singh Ghatowar
8.  Gurudas Kamat
9.  Sudip Bandopadhyaya
10.  Charan Das Mahant
11.  Jitendra Singh
12.  Milind Deora
13.  Rajiv Shukla

The Prime Minister has recommended the portfolios of the newly appointed Ministers may be as below:
V. Kishore Chandra Deo : Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj
Beni Prasad Verma : Steel
Dinesh Trivedi : Railways
Jairam Ramesh : Rural Development

Srikant Jena : Statistics and Programme Implementation and Minister of State in the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan : Environment and Forests
Paban Singh Ghatowar : Development of North Eastern Region
Gurudas Kamat : Drinking Water and Sanitation

Sudip Bandopadhyaya : Health and Family Welfare
Charan Das Mahant : Agriculture and Food Processing Industries
Jitendra Singh : Home Affairs
Milind Deora : Communications and Information Technology
Rajiv Shukla : Parliamentary Affairs
The Prime Minister has further recommended that the portfolios of the following Ministers may be changed as indicated below:

Vilasrao Deshmukh : Science and Technology and Earth Sciences
M. Veerappa Moily : Corporate Affairs
Anand Sharma : Commerce and Industry; and additional charge of Textiles
Pawan Kumar Bansal : Parliamentary Affairs and additional charge of Water Resources
Salman Khursheed : Law and Justice and additional charge of Minority Affairs

E. Ahamed : External Affairs and Human Resource Development
V.Narayanasamy : Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions; and Prime Minister’s Office
Harish Rawat : Agriculture and Food Processing Industries; and Parliamentary Affairs

Mukul Roy : Shipping
Ashwani Kumar : Planning; Science and Technology and Earth Sciences
The Prime Minister has fowarded the resignation letters of the following Ministers in the Union Council of Ministers with the recommendation that they may be accepted.
1.  Dayanidhi Maran
2.  Murli Deora
3.  B.K. Handique
4. Dr. M.S. Gill
5.  Kanti Lal Bhuria
6.  A. Sai Prathap
7.  Arun S. Yadav

Muslims for Wakf Cadre like Hindu Endowments Service

asked the minister if there was a special service to manage Hindu temples and Hindu endowments in the country why a Wakf service could not be created for Wakf management?  

Talking to media here, Dr. Mahmood argued that in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh there were statutory and administrative arrangements and separate selections were made through provincial Public Service Commissions.

He said that special cadres & posts of Additional Commissioners, Joint Commissioners, Deputy Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners have been created to manage the affairs of the temples and Hindu religious endowments.

“As per legal requirement, only those candidates can apply for these positions who profess Hindu religion; the public notices for annual recruitments clarify this specific qualification. The salaries etc and pensions of these officers are paid out of the consolidated fund of the state concerned”, he said adding that on top of this exclusive bureaucratic hierarchy, in all the mentioned states, there is an IAS officer sitting as Commissioner and his ‘being a Hindu’ is also a pre-requisite.       

Lambasting the minister’s statement that he was opposed to some recommendations like the Waqf cadre because he did not want to create a different world for the Muslim citizens of the country, Mahmood said his statement was a clear contravention of Constitution.

“Zakat Foundation of India respectfully asks Khurshid as to why has he chosen the constitutional institution of ministership to commit unconstitutional discrimination (prohibited in article 15) against Muslim citizens on the basis of their religion?”

The minister said: “If you have a cadre of Muslim officers under the government, what else is ghettoization?”

How does the minister reconcile this state of affairs with his refusal to institute Indian Waqf Service except through the string of state discrimination whose specific prohibition in article 15 forms the basic fabric of sacred constitutional structure ?, he asked.

In the Waqf Act no qualification is prescribed for the post of Secretary of the Central Waqf Council and for the posts of CEO in the State Waqf Boards except that the CEO should be Muslim.

In this regard, in 2005-06, the Sachar Committee collected information from various state waqf boards. Later, Foundation again collected information for the decade 2001-2011 from the state waqf boards under RTI Act. It was found that the positions of Waqf CEOs have been and are being manned by veterinary doctor, survey inspector, naib tahsildar, BDO, junior employment officer, teacher, advocate, fresh graduate, etc.

Even if a state government officer is ever posted, though rarely, the Waqf CEO is invariably his ‘additional charge’.

While, the Waqf CEO’s work is vast, diverse, complicated and demands expertise that comes from specified training & competence. Below the CEO there are, usually, clerical staff members though some of them are designated as ‘officer’. All of them including the CEO are paid their salary by the state waqf board from the scarce Waqf funds.

“Compare this scenario with the management of temples and Hindu religious endowments & institutions. There are batteries of high level service cadres of officers selected through public service commissions. Their salaries and pensions are paid from the state exchequer”.  

The Central Waqf Council is the apex waqf body. It is managed on day to day basis by an officer designated as Secretary. The Waqf Act does not provide any qualification for a person to be appointed as Secretary, CWC. Compare this with the management of temples and Hindu religious endowments & institutions in the above mentioned states. The day to day work is done of exclusive full time senior Hindu IAS officer who is appointed as Secretary to the state government-cum-Commissioner for the management of temples and Hindu religious endowments & institutions in the state. This is the highest rank in state bureaucracy.

For management of temples etc the state’s highest bureaucrat is exclusively working. But for tens of thousands of waqf properties even in 2011 the central government has reluctantly agreed for the state bureaucracy’s lowest level status.

Muslims constitutes only 2.5 per cent in the higher bureaucracy, so one can imagine the constraints of always finding a Muslim officer of the required seniority to be posted as CEO of state waqf board.

As against that, Hindus in higher bureaucracy are more than ninety percent. Hence, there is always a senior Hindu IAS officer available to be posted to head the management of temples and religious endowments & institutions of the state.

To boot, this senior bureaucrat is supported by an exclusive cadre of next rank Hindu bureaucrats. All of them form part of the state’s bureaucratic fraternity. Hence, the management of temples and religious endowments & institutions becomes a part of the overall governance of the state. As against that, the Waqf management, at best, receives a poor, step-brotherly treatment from the state.

He has revealed that a deputy secretary level Virendra Singh wrote a very brief, non-convincing three line note saying that the IWS is not feasible. The ministry’s record does not show that at any higher level above him, this issue was ever examined in detail. To be fair Salman Khurshid was minister at that time. The arguments given by Sachar Committee (based on country wide tours, national roundtable conferences, obtaining information from all the state waqf boards & central waqf council, benefiting from consultants, consulting the mutawallis, etc) have not been countered by the ministry, he added.    

Creation of special Wakf cadre has also been recommended by the Sachar committee.

SC refuses to take up PIL against Sibal, Ambani

seeking a CBI probe into the reduction of penalty for shutting down the latter’s rural telephony services.

The PIL was filed by an NGO, Centre for Public Interest Litigation, led by lawyer and anti-corruption activist Prashant Bhushan. The NGO has been asked to file a fresh petition as the matter is unconnected to the 2G scam. A Bench comprising Justices G.S. Singhvi and A.K. Ganguly said, if there is any irregularity allegedly connected whatsoever with telecom, it cannot be linked to the 2G case.

The petition alleged that Mr. Sibal had shown undue favour to Anil Ambani’s R-Comm by reducing a fine of 650 crore to five crore rupees for violating the terms of the USOF contract.USOF is a corpus created by imposing a fee on telecom companies in order to create infrastructure for providing rural telephony services. Mr. Sibal had assailed the PIL against him as malafide and motivated. He had clarified that the penalty had been imposed for a brief interruption of services. In fact, a notice had been issued to R-Comm for 50 crore rupees in penalty to pressurise it to restore services, the Minister had said.

PM ready for medium-size reshuffle

Infrastructural and economic ministries will be the central focus of Tuesday’s rejig. While the top four CCS (Cabinet Committee on Security) ministries of Home, Finance, Defence and External Affairs will remain untouched, the reshuffle would focus on states like Uttar Pradesh, Goa and Punjab that are going to polls early next year. UP, in particular, is likely to be the major thrust area of the latest round of cabinet reshuffle. Ratna Singh, the daughter of former union minister Dinesh Singh, is likely to be inducted as the Thakur face of the party from the state.

The Prime Minister is unlikely to touch crucial Congress ruled state like Andhra Pradesh and would not like to bring in any new faces from the state or drop anyone from the state in view of the ongoing Telangana crisis. The Prime Minister would like to keep status quo as far as Andhra Pradesh is concerned. The DMK has already conveyed that it does not want to take the Congress offer of filling two cabinet ministers’ vacancies caused by resignations of A Raja and Dayanidhi Maran. But in case the parties were to change its mind at the last minute, Elangovan and Vijayan are tipped to be the DMK’s new faces as Minister of State.  

The Congress party and the government have accorded budget-level secrecy to Tuesday’s reshuffle and apart from the PM and Congress president Sonia Gandhi, only Sonia’s Political Secretary Ahmed Patel has been kept in the loop, though needless to say, Rahul Gandhi is the know-all, albeit unofficially.
Sonia is to embark on yet another tour of Europe and it is quite possible that she may be absent from the swearing in ceremony on Tuesday as she may leave for Europe on Monday night itself.


New faces: Sudip Bandopadhyay (Trinamool Congress), Ratna Singh (Congress), Charan Das Mahant (Congress) and Girija Vyas (Congress), Ministers likely to be dropped: Murali Deora (who himself sought to be relieved of ministerial responsibilities on health grounds), M S Gill, Kanti Lal Bhuria and Virbhadra Singh.

• Ministers likely to be shifted: Sushil Kumar Shinde, C P Joshi.

• Congress Ministers holding dual charge and likely to lose one ministry: Vilasrao Deshmukh, Kapil Sibal, Shelja, Pawan Kumar Bansal, Salman Khurshid and Vayalar Ravi.

• Likely promotions — Ministers likely to be elevated from MoS to Independent charge: Srikant jena, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Gurudas Kamat and E Ahamed; Minister likely to be promoted from Independent Charge to Cabinet: Beni Prasad Verma.

• Vacancy to be filled: Textiles (after Dayanidhi Maran’s resignation).

EGoM approves Draft Food Bill

The Ministers’ panel headed by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee cleared the flagship proposal of the UPA government which will provide foodgrains at a cheap rate to 75 per cent of the rural population and 50 per cent of those living in cities.

Thus 68 per cent of the country’s total population will have the food security. Under the Bill which will give legal right to the beneficiaries for food, a quantity of 7 kg per month per person will be given to the Below Poverty Line people. It will be provided at 3 rupees per kg for rice and 2 rupees per kg for wheat.

The bill after being examined by the Law Ministry would go to the chief ministers and after that will go to Parliament.

Under the Bill which will give legal right to the beneficiaries for food, a quantity of 7 kg per month per person will be given to the ‘priority sector’ (Below Poverty Line).

It will be provided at Rs 3 per kg for rice and Rs 2 per kg for wheat.

For the general category (Above Poverty Line) the food quantity will be 3-4 kg per person.

The rate will be half of the minimum support price which the government pays to farmers.

The Food Security Bill, requiring 51 million tonnes of foodgrains will involve an additional subsidy outgo of Rs 13,000 crore, taking the total food subsidy to Rs 95,000 crore.

Cabinet to be Re-Shuffled on Tuesday

Both leaders have had several rounds of discussion on this subject but failed to arrive at a final decision due to pulls and pressures from the allies on the one hand and compulsions of coalition politics on the other.

Dr Singh and Sonia Gandhi at a meeting earlier in the day, decided that come what may, the changes cannot be delayed any further. Several postponements have made Prime Minister a laughing stock and the media has been having field day on daily basis.

The last re-shuffle was held in January last when Prime Minister has assured that another one would take place shortly but this did not take place since UPA-2 was rocked by one scam after the other.

The effort to re-furbish the image of the Government which suffered irreparable damage as two ministers were forced to resign on the issue of 2G Spectrum allocation would be salient the feature of tomorrows exercise

Keeping this in view, the source indicated that there would be a lot of inductions and new faces. Non performers would be dumped. However, the top four that is Finance, Home, Defence and External Affairs would not to be touched.

Mr Kapil Sibal who is holding due portfolios of Human Resources Development (HRD) and Telecom Ministry may be divested of one. He may be asked to continue with Telecom since a legal brain is needed to deal with court cases relating to 2G spectrum allocations scandal.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is Party General Secretary in-charge southern states of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh with  Telangana tangle hoting up every day, it has become a full- time job for Mr Azad. So, therefore, Ministry of health may be taken away from him.  

There are a lot of vacancies in the UPA-2 like the Ministry of Textiles after the resignation of Kalanidhi Maran and the Railways. But Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata  Banerjee has made it clear that the Portfolio which she shed  after becoming Chief Minister of West Bengal should  remain with her Party. The most likely candidate would be Mr Dinesh Trivedi.

Another vacancy likely to arise would be Tribal Affairs as Dilip Singh Bhuria has taken the party BJP-ruled Madhya Pradesh. Maharashtra stalwarts-Vilas Rao Deshmukh and Sushil Kumar Shinde might also face the the axe for their involvement in the Adarsh Housing  Scandal.

Delhi to implement Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojna

  The Government will provide ambulance service or may reimburse transport expenses for taking pregnant women to hospitals and back to their place of residences.  This will overcome the death-taking place due to unsafe deliveries, without taking pregnant women to hospitals.  

This was announced by the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit and Delhi Health Minister Dr. A.K. Walia on Monday at  a function organized at India Gate in connection with World Population Day.  The Chief Minister administered oath to students for bringing awareness on population issues and flagged off a Population Stabilization Awareness Walk.  Hundreds of student took part in this event.  Principal Secretary Health, Anshu Prakash, Joint Secretary Health Govt. of India . Anuradha Gupta, Director Health Services Govt. of Delhi, Director of Education Delhi and other senior officers and prominent persons were present on this occasion.   

Speaking on this occasion, Mrs . Dikshit her concern over the incidents of female foeticide resulting in imbalance in gender ratio.  She further stated that her Govt. is working on a proposal to punish persons involved in the incidents of female foeticide.  The government is mooting heavy fine and strict punishment for such incidents.  She exhorted all concerned citizens to raise their voice against this bad practice.  It is essential to save girl child at any cost.  The society will have to intensify campaign so that the ratio of girls and boys could be made even. The CM added that fast increasing population will put hindrance in providing essential services to all.  We must realize the importance of small family as it becomes difficult to manage large families.

Mrs Dikshit administered an oath to students to bring awareness on population issues and flagged off a walk.  She stated that the World Population Day disseminates a message on population stabilization.  The pledge will encourage population stabilization for a better world and brighter future.  We have to concentrate on deduction in poverty and equality to slow down population growth, unleash the power of women and girls to accelerate the progress, generate awareness on population issues amongst youth, ensure safe birth for every child in a small and stronger family, preserve the environment for the future generation, cope-up with the challenge of ageing population and manage the rapid growth of urbanization.

Health Minister, Dr. A. K. Walia stated that population of our country is around 121 crores which will go up to 153 crores in 2030.  Our population is increasing at the rate of 1.5 crores every year.  He underlined the importance of population stabilization, as natural resources are not going to last for the future generations.  He stated that the Department of Health and Family Welfare has organized a fortnight long programme to provide information and facilities on small family.  It will also encourage and educate families on spacing in childbirth.

Dr. Walia also expressed concern on decline in gender ratio and maternal and child death.  In our country around 13.5 lakhs children die below the age of one year whereas nine lakh children die below the age of five years.  The number of deaths of girl children is substantial in this data.  Moreover, the death rate of girls is higher in rural areas in comparison to urban localities.  The government is getting ready to implement Janani Shishu Suraksha Yojna. He  stated that the Department of Health will continue to disseminate that increasing population will result in poverty and affect natural resources.  The concept of small is related to the comprehensive development.  Increasing population is detrimental to the progress.  There should be no difference between girls and boys and our Government will strive hard to bring improvement in gender ratio.