The #SayNoToPoltheneBag Campaign season-1 was concluded in style by the Faridabad Action Group. For pics to this grand event you may click here
During the course of this highest ever engaging Campaign in Faridabad which ran for 3 months from November 2015 to 22nd of Jan 2016 spanning the length and breadth of Faridabad, 32 schools were initially contacted and 24 schools participated engaging a total of about 25000 students and thru them almost about 3 lac people were contacted. Almost 25000 pledges were collected from the General Public. The season-1 of this Campaign was finally concluded at the HUDA Convention Centre in Sec-12, Faridabad at an event titled ‘Singhams of Faridabad’.
In the street play section 6 finalists were chosen and Gita Convent School, Sec-16 won the title of Singhams in the Streetplay section while AVN Sr. Sec. School, Sec-19 and Apeejay School, Sec-15 won the 2nd and 3rd Prizes respectively.
Ritika Rawat of St. Peter’s School, Daulatabad won the 1st Prize for the highest number of pledges collected from the general public and Bhawna Rawat won the 1st prize for the best slogan.
While K L Mehta Dayanand School, Sec-16, won the highest percentage participation award, St. John’s School, Sec-7 won the top prize for the highest number of pledges collected from the general public by any school. Rawal International School, Nangla won the prize for the most creative presentation and Apeejay School, Sec-15 won the top prize for the most organized presentation.
This event co-sponsored by Indian Oil R&D Division, Faridabad had as its Chief Guest, the Divisional Commissioner Dr. D. Suresh. The other Distinguished Guests to the event included the Deputy Commissioner Mr Chander Shekhar and Dr SSV Ramakumar, General Manager, Refining Technologies, Indian Oil R & D Division, Faridabad. Dr Ramakumar was accompanied by Mrs Mary Joseph (Manager Corporate Communications, Indian Oil R&D Division).
Denson Joseph, the President of Faridabad Action Group in his short speech said the idea behind this exercise was actually to wake people and the administration up besides to drive in the message that it is important to be socially alive and how thru positive engagement we could bring in the desired change to strengthen this democracy. To emphasize the spirit that drives the members of Faridabad Action Group he concluded his speech with the song…. ‘ e mere pyare watan… e mere bichde chaman… tujh pe dil qurbaan….’
The Chief Guest to the event Dr D. Suresh in his emphatic address began by admitting that the Administration has indeed failed to deliver on many counts and he explained why these failures have been happening. He stressed the need to rise above Caste, Creed and Regional divide if Prime Minister’s development agenda was to be achieved. He also stressed on the need for expert NGOs to focus on one subject and go intensively into it. He urged the Deputy Commissioner, Faridabad to adopt the PPP model to make Faridabad a smart city for which expert organizations like Faridabad Action Group may be strategically engaged.
The event was compered by Dr Manoj Rai Mehta and Mrs Pooja Gupta. The arrangements at the venue was managed by Mrs Shivani Rajpal, Mr Susheel Verma, Mr Balwinder Singh, Varun Sheokand, Adv Deepak Verma and Adv Pratush Sharma. The NSS Team from Govt. Boys Sr. Sec. School, Old Faridabad under the leadership of Sh Ravinder Manchanda managed and the very able girls being groomed by Sakhi Sangh managed the seating within the hall. Overall hall incharge was Sh A K Gaur (the campaign lead). Prize distribution was coordinated by Ashutosh Anand and Mrs Pinki Brar.
Varun Sheokand was bestowed with the title of Singham for exemplary activism in Faridabad.
Important persons at the meeting were Sh P B Lall (Patron- F.A.G.), Sh Manohar Puniani (President – MWA, Sec-15), Sh Anand Mehta (Eminent Educationist & Gen. Secretary- RWA, Sec-15) besides Principals and Coordinators from various schools.
The NGOs who came to support the event included Sneh Foundation, Mission Jagriti, Child Welfare Trust, Save Aravali, Sakhi Sangh, Able Charities. The Event also saw the District Bar Association being represented by its President Adv. Surinder Dutt Sharma & Secretary Rajeev Baisla. Even the RWAs and Market Welfare Associations were present in large numbers.
The Audience was enthralled by Bollywood’s celebrated Asst. Choreographer MJ Chanchal performing live at the event.
Friends, Faridabad Action Group is pleased to announce a unique contest for school-going children in Faridabad such that children of our district can, not only win prizes but in doing so get an opportunity to improve the world around them and help make it safer for them to live in. Besides it will be a novel way of getting them to contribute towards the mission of getting Faridabad counted or considered among the first 20 to be developed into a SMART CITY.
Polythene Bags have become one of the biggest environmental hazards for the future of our children and through this contest every participant child shall don the mantle of being the Brand Ambassador for the #AntiPolytheneCampaign which is now very popular across the globe.
The name of the winners will also be tweeted to our Haryana CM Sh M L Khattar & our PM Sh. Narendra Modi ji with a tagline that we are proud of these changemakers whose contribution to make Faridabad a SMART CITY are worth a consideration.
About the Contest:
A. Children of classes 6th to the 8th of all schools are required to participate in the OPEN /JUNIOR CATEGORY wherein the contest requires each participant to just do 2 things:
1.Collect a individually handwritten Pledge from as many people as possible pledging as follows:
“In the name of my child I pledge that I will not take or give anything to anyone in a polythene bag and I will carry my own paper, cloth or Jute Bag to the market to buy my stuff from today onwards”.
a)At the bottom of the pledge the person must indicate his/her name, address, phone no and email (if any)
b)The child needs to pack all the pledges in an envelope of a suitable size and on the back of the envelope… write a slogan….
- The single line slogan will say… ‘I support the #AntiPolytheneCampaign b’coz …………………’
a.Each pledge should carry the name of the person pledging, his business/work and his phone number & email id (if any).
b.All these pledges should be put in an envelope and sent (by post or in person) to our address:
Faridabad Action Group, H.NO. 1166, Sector-15, Faridabad – 121007 …. OR
SUBMIT IT WITH THE SCHOOL COORDINATOR who can then send it all together IN A CARTON to our office address above.
c.DO NOT FORGET – At the back of the envelope please remember to inscribe the following:
- i) total number of pledges inside
ii)your email and twitter id (if any)
iii)your full name and contact number (no landline only mobile numbers please)
Result Criteria (Junior category):
1.The top 25 children with the best slogans will be rewarded with a nomination to attend the award ceremony with their parents, a certificate, a momento and considered for selection into first 3 ranks. These 25 children will then be graded by our panel according to the number and quality of pledges collected by each from residents in the neighbourhood, shopkeepers in the area/nearby market, family & friends. Anything that is innovative in this initiative will be rewarded.
2.The top 3 thus selected will be awarded in the school category as a certificate, a momento and conferred the title ‘Singhams of Faridabad’ (Cash prizes for the first three are also being considered)
3.There is an Award in this category for the School (Coordinator) fielding the highest percentage of children from their school.
ALL ENTRIES MUST REACH US ON OR BEFORE THE 30TH OF NOV’15
B. The second is the SENIOR CATEGORY also called the INTER-SCHOOL CATEGORY.
The contest in this category is a street-play (Nukkad-Natak) competition wherein each school has to prepare a street-play (not more than 10mins.) on the Anti-polythene theme (i.e. why plastic bags are hazardous to both us and our environment, what needs to be done urgently to save the environment, what is the responsibility of the citizen, what excuses are offered by the citizen or shopkeepers, why these excuses are pointless, what the administration needs to do about it ).
1.The participating school has to field a team comprising of not more than 20 students (and not less than 8) students from classes 9th & 10th.
- Once the school is ready with the Play, the school committee/management has to call us and inform us about their preparedness.
- The Play has then to be presented before the whole school at the time of the assembly in our presence, the same has to be recorded and a copy of the video has to be given to us on a pendrive for purposes of a fair judging on a level platform.
Result Criteria (senior category):
(i) The top 5 teams will be rewarded with a nomination to attend the award ceremony with their parents, a certificate, a momento and considered for selection into first 3 ranks
(ii) Our team of judges after a thru scrutiny of the video of all the street plays will choose the top 3 school teams from among the five nominated teams and the teams thus selected will not only be awarded in the inter-school category as the ‘Singhams of Faridabad – 2015‘ besides individual certificates and momentos.
(iii) The top two teams will get an opportunity to display their award winning street play before the invitees to the award ceremony and
(iv) The school Principal will also receive a trophy on behalf of the school.
For any further queries on this please free to call us at : 8882010002
Awards will be distributed in a grand programme titled ‘Singhams of Faridabad’ to be announced soon.
ENTRY FOR THE INTER-SCHOOL CATEGORY ALSO CLOSES ON THE 30TH OF NOV’15.
Ample SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES exist for reputed Corporate Brands and Companies
For any further queries please feel free to call us on 888-201-0002
Please Note: Faridabad Action Group reserves the right to bring about any change in the format or date of the programme as a whole with or without notice.
After the hike in power tariff led to protests across the state, the Haryana Electricity Regulatory Commission (HERC) issued a revised tariff order on Friday reverting to the system of telescopic slabs for domestic users consuming up to 800 units of power. The levy of Fuel Adjustment Surcharge will however continue. The discoms, Uttar Haryana Bilji Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) and Dakshin Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (DHBVN), will now issue revised bills for the power consumers across the state. The consumers who have paid the bills issued as per the existing tariff be issued revised bills as per the new tariff and the refunds be adjusted in their subsequent bills. The consumers, who are yet to pay the bills issued as per the existing tariff, would also get the revised bill. The remaining consumers would be issued bills as per the new tariff and they will be allowed to pay arrears in five installments without surcharge.
Nitin Yadav, Managing Director, UHBVN said as per the new tariff structure the consumers with consumption between 101 units to 500 units would now have benefit of 50 paisa per unit for initial 150 units consumption. All the consumers having monthly consumption between 500 to 800 units per month would now get the benefit of lower tariff slabs also. With the revised tariff slabs, rates would reduce between 2 to 16.43 per cent. For people consuming 501 units, the bill as per the earlier tariff would have been Rs 4,184. Following the new order it will be Rs 3,496. It is the consumers in this category who will get the most relief. For those consuming 600 units, the bill will reduce from Rs 5,029 to Rs 4,342. HERC had issued the orders for revising the power tariff on May 7. As per the order, HERC stated that for those consuming power above 500 units, the charges would be non-telescopic. Fuel Adjustment Surcharge was also added to it. For those consuming more than 500 units, the tariff amounted to Rs 8.35 per unit. This led to residents receiving inflated power bills causing protests across the state.
The review petition against the tariff order was filed by former Congress MLA Sampat Singh. A public hearing was held by the HERC following which the order was issued. As per the new order, there is no change in the tariff for up to 500 units. For those consuming 501 to 800 units, an amount of Rs 6.75 per unit would be charged. A flat rate of Rs 6.75 per unit will be charged for those consuming above 800 units.
“Many a times vehicles being driven even at a reasonable speed while negotiating a pothole or a bad stretch of road lose balance and cause accident, grievous hurt or loss of life. Yet the proposed draft on Road Safety Bill does not propose the punishment of municipal officers responsible for the ill-maintained road”
The experiences of many road accident victims and the examination of many a cases has exposed the following facts:-
(a) That CRIMINALLY NEGLIGENT HIGHWAY or MUNICIPAL OFFICERS ALWAYS ESCAPE UNSCATHED
(b) That Often the POLICE MANIPULATE THE FIR & SOMETIMES BLACKMAIL THE VICTIM such that the facts that come out before the world are quite different from the actual ground reality
(c) 3yr old Pavitra’s case OFFERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPOSE LIVE ON AIR how the police insensitively work against the victims of road accident
(d) This debate will further BRING OUT THE RELUCTANCE OF THE POLICE IN PROSECUTING negligent officers both because of lack of WILL & knowledge
(e) That the CM WINDOW operating atleast in Faridabad is AS A JOKE on the common man
(f) That there is an urgent need to expand and elaborate Section 316 of the proposed draft where punishments should be clearly specified for various types of negligence be it of the municipal / highway engineers for non maintenance or traffic cops for not barricading unusable stretches
SOME MORE POINTERS FROM THE CASE STUDY USED:
1)Following Manoj’s case as a NGO, we examined the draft of the Road Safety Bill and were shocked to find that the proposed draft has missed one of the most important points and that is to prescribe punishment for Engineers or Officers of the Municipal Agency responsible to maintain the roads in good condition and keep it POTHOLE FREE.
2)Many a times vehicles being driven even at a reasonable speed while negotiating a pothole or a bad stretch of road lose balance and cause accident, grievous hurt or loss of life. In such cases too in our country instead of punishing the officers responsible for the ill-maintained road, it is often the Vehicle driver who gets punished for negligence.
3)Here’s the link to 3yr old Pavitra’s unfortunate story about how this angel lost his life because of a pothole on the National Highway at Batamod, Faridabad.
4)The progress of the campaign #Justice4Pavitra is available on our page JNSS.IN
5)Our campaign #Justice4Pavitra shared the story over the social media, got the public to send dozens of mailers to the Commissioner of Police, Faridabad, interacted with the Police at the highest level in the district, was aired on radio manav rachna 107.8, offered case studies & legal advice to the Police, organized a very successful CANDLE MARCH and is now backed by most NGOs in Faridabad.
The proposed road ahead: Considering the fact that the roads that we or our dear ones travel on for work, play or study ought to be made safer, we have decided to do the following: 1.Organize an early debate or discussion on anyone of the leading TV channels to expose the shortcomings that particularly surfaced in Pavitra’s case 2.Approach as many Members of Parliament through one to one meetings, letters, social media and through various discussion forums to get them to ensure that the road safety bill is tabled at the earliest as also the provisions of Section 316 are elaborated as already suggested 3.To bring together as many road accident victims as possible to share and understand the challenges they faced in their respective cases and to incorporate (if possible) the resolutions suggested in the proposed road safety bill 4.To form a dedicated community (if possible) that would not only understand how the proposed law translates in spirit and practice but also ensures its effective implementation
Whether you are a road accident victim awaiting justice or you want to support this initiative to ensure safer roads for yourself and your dear ones, we invite you to call us at 888-201-0002 or write to us
IS MODI GOVERNMENT RIGHT IN STALLING THE PEACE TALKS WITH PAKISTAN?
Yes, we believe so and strongly support the stand. However we suggest the following to PMO India Narendra Modi ji that now before agreeing to any new talks the following minimum conditions should be complied with: (1) Since US is keen that the talks should be resumed tell Barack Obama that before initiating any further talks that they must take out the terrorist behind 26/11 #HafizSaeed just the way they took out #Osamabinladen (2) Pakistan must start with the bottomline that #Kashmir is & will remain an integral part of India (3) If there are a set of “separatists” or those who say that they are not Indians and want to go with Pakistan, India and #Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif government must agree to rehabilitate such families/people in the ‘PAK-occupied-KASHMIR’ (PoK) or elsewhere in Pakistan and India should financially compensate such a migration. When we can give aid to Afghanistan, Bhutan & Nepal, why not also compensate those who have lived within our borders for a permanent solution to the #Kashmirissue ?
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