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Atishi

Member of the Political Affairs Committee of Aam Aadmi Party. She served as the Advisor to the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi. Currently Lok Sabha In-charge of Constituency of East Delhi for 2019 General Elections


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Petitioning Manish Sisodia, Atishi

Employ More Women as Sports Coaches in Girls' and Co-ed Schools in Delhi

“Don’t run like a girl”  “You shouldn’t wear shorts and show off your legs” “What if your periods begin when you’re in the middle of a match?” “Didn’t you hear about that coach who sexually assaulted a woman athlete?” These are just some of the grossly discouraging things I’ve heard people say to girls who want to play sports in our country. Not every girl has the good fortune to have a supportive figure like Coach Kabir in the film "Chak De! India".  All through school life, I felt alienated and intimidated by the presence of male coaches during the sports period. I have seen girls around me shy away from sports for the lack of an empathetic mentor and a reassuring space. Girls need someone who understands and encourages them on the sports field, especially during their adolescence. Who better than a female sports coach, someone who has fought these battles before and triumphed, to turn the “lota belan chalanewali Bharatiya naaris” into champions! I want to ensure that the school girls of today in Delhi have supportive faculty on the sports field too. The presence of a female sports teacher might just be the turning point in bringing hundreds of young girls out onto the sports fields.  I’ve started this campaign to ask the Delhi Government to ensure mandatory recruitment of women as sports coaches in all its girls' and co-ed schools. Sign my petition! How will this help? 1.       More girls will feel encouraged to play in a safe space and eventually excel at sports 2.       All-round development as well as better physical and mental health for girls, promoting positive body image and keeping depression at bay 3.       Sports teaches important life skills including teamwork, leadership, decision-making and goal setting 4.       This can reduce the chances of sexual harassment on sports fields, training camps and locker rooms 5.      It will open up job opportunities and create a career for women in sports The Central Board of Secondary Education recently introduced a Physical and Health Education curriculum and established a mandatory sports period every day for Classes 9 to 12. If the Delhi Government hires more women as sports coaches in both co-educational and all-girls schools, more young girls will be able to do full justice to this course. Who knows this small step may just end up nudging the next generations of Mary Kom, PV Sindhu and Phogat sisters out of their houses and into the sports arena! Let’s get the government to take this step. By signing and sharing my petition, we can give lakhs of schoolgirls a healthier, happier childhood and the space they deserve. Because #RunLikeAGirl means running strong. #WomenInSports #RunLikeAGirl #SheVotes2019

Snigdha Bhandari
54,226 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Prof M.V. Rajeev Gowda, Rahul Gandhi, Amit Shah, President , Atishi, Sushmita Dev, Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Supriya Sule

Commit to increase secondary and senior secondary girls schools in 2019 election manifesto

It seems like the popular 'Beti Padhao, Beti Bachao' slogan that we all love to chant doesn’t cover all the young girls that need it. There is a serious shortage of secondary (Class 9 and 10) and senior secondary schools (Class 11 and 12) for girls in India. Data shows that in 2015-16, for every 100 primary schools (Class 1 to 8) there are only 14 secondary and 6 senior secondary schools. This shortage of schools ruins the future of lakhs of girls in India. They are forced to dropout and become child brides or teenage mothers, with a host of health problems. As a self-confident, educated woman who got to go to college, I want to ensure that every girl in India has a school to go to. Sign my petition asking the Congress and the BJP to make this a priority in their 2019 election manifestos. #MoreSchoolsForGirls When we’re in a position to help someone less privileged than us, the first instinct for many of us is to ask two questions: If the person has children, and if those children go to school. Because we know that education is important. Especially to break cycles of poverty and disadvantage. The Right to Education (RTE) Act made it compulsory for children between the age of 6 and 14 to get free education. But after 14 years of age, which is usually class 8 or 9, the dropout rates begin to increase. Especially for girls. Aside from the lack of senior secondary and secondary schools, girls also dropout because schools don’t have separate toilets for boys and girls and by the age of 14, most of them hit puberty. Another reason for higher dropout rates of girls is safety. All of these issues can be addressed by more schools for girls! Sign my petition to make the political parties contesting in the 2019 General Elections commit in their manifestos to increasing the number of secondary and senior secondary schools for girls in the country. The RTE Act was a huge step forward in making sure girls got equal educational opportunities to boys. But when girls reach secondary education levels, the dropout rate of girls increases to about 30% and by class 11, it’s around 57%. The number of schools also reduce sharply beyond primary school. In 2015-16, for every 100 schools offering classes 1 to 7, only 14 offered secondary level classes 9 and 10 and - even less -  6 offered senior secondary level classes 11 and 12. When we understand how important education is, how can we stand by and watch the future women leaders of our country fall by the wayside because of inadequate schools? Sign my petition and together, we can convince our politicians that this is the time to prioritize the education of girls. In 2019, whoever comes to power, school-age girls must win! #SheVotes2019#MoreSchoolsForGirls

Aditi Rindani
53,513 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Gautam Gambhir, Atishi, Satyendar Jain, Bipin Bihari Singh, Mayor, East Delhi, Vijay Raghavan

Commit to Clearing Up Ghazipur Landfill #CleanTheMess

Every Indian dreams of a house with a view of the mountains. But the view we have every single day is nothing less than a nightmare. We live in a skyscraper overlooking the Mount Everest of garbage dumps: Ghazipur, a massive landfill where all of Delhi’s garbage gets dumped. One news article we read says the landfill is spread as wide as 29 football fields and is nearly as high as the Qutab Minar. While the Qutab Minar is a breathtaking monument, the towers of trash at Ghazipur are making residents in surrounding areas like us gag and hold our breath. The stench of rotting waste is releasing poisonous gases making everyone sick. We can’t even open our windows without vomiting. The toxic air has ruined our air purifiers and caused pipe leakages. Think of what it is doing to our bodies. It’s been 17 years since Ghazipur ran out of space and should have been shut down but the trucks continue to dump waste there. Two years ago, a part of this landfill collapsed, killing 2 people. And still no action. How can a mountain of garbage of such great proportions be invisible to our civic authorities. Save us from this ticking time bomb. We have started this petition because we are sick of falling sick. We are sick of the inaction by authorities. We had given up all hope until we read about an IAS officer in Indore who was covered by the media for clearing up a similar but much smaller landfill under his jurisdiction in 6 months! It gave us an idea of starting this campaign. We’re asking municipal authorities  to bring in IAS officer Asheesh Singh to hold technical consulting workshops for Municipal Corporation workers in Delhi to initiate the process of transforming Ghazipur landfill into a clean, green patch of land. Help us green this landfill which is not only a health hazard for us citizens, but a blot on the global image of our national capital Delhi and on our collective vision of Swachh Bharat. #CleanTheMess #SheVotes2019   Image Credit: https://images.indianexpress.com/2018/05/ghazipur.jpg

Parul Mathur
30,162 supporters
Petitioning The Home Minister, Govt. of India, Atishi Marlena, Atishi

Give Delhi's children improved education - Reinstate Atishi Marlena

To,  The Home Minister Government of India  Atishi Marlena, Advisor to Delhi’s Education Minister Manish Sisodia has been instrumental in transforming Delhi's government schools over the last 3 years. A Stephenian with a Masters in Education from Oxford, a Chevening Scholar as well as a Rhodes Scholar, Atishi has been serving the city's schools for a salary of Re 1 per month. Your Ministry in the Central government led by the BJP has ordered that Atishi be sacked from her position claiming her position was never approved by the Centre.  The phenomenal improvements in the quality of education offered to children in Delhi's government schools are a product of Atishi's quiet labour behind the scenes. Her contribution has been acknowledged by academics, organisations working in education, politicians across party lines and even the sharpest critics of the Aam Aadmi Party.  The Centre has routinely caused hindrances to derail the work of the Delhi government. However this sacking has put a face on the Centre's persecution of the Delhi government. The order dismissing Atishi’s appointment is more than a personal or political attack. It is an attack on the citizens of Delhi who have long suffered corrupt and incompetent governance. It is an attack on Delhi’s children who finally have a chance to get the opportunity they deserve.   As citizens of this country who believe that politics needs people like Atishi Marlena in positions of power to influence governance for the better, we urge you to reconsider your decision to dismiss Atishi and reinstate her with immediate effect.  

IRA BHASKAR
17,270 supporters
Victory
Petitioning Rahul Gandhi, Sushmita Dev, Apsara Reddy, Prof M.V. Rajeev Gowda, Atishi, Rajeev Chandrasekhar

Include LGBTQIA+ Sensitivity Training For All Govt Employees in 2019 Election Manifesto

2018 was a good year for the LGBTQIA+ community. The Supreme Court struck down the archaic section 377 that criminalised them. But decriminalisation isn’t enough if society continues to discriminate against people on the basis of their identity and sexuality.   2019 is election year and the perfect opportunity to further educate people about the LGBTQ community. Help me make this year as iconic as the last! Sign my petition asking the leaders of major political parties to add LGBTQ sensitivity training for all government employees, including police officials, in their 2019 election manifestos. The discussion on gender equity and women empowerment is ongoing but this conversation leaves out the LGBT community and gender non-conforming people. In these gender discussions, we rarely discuss the challenges, aspirations and achievements of the LGBT community. In the 2014 Supreme Court verdict, the central government was directed to put in place regular training and sensitisation efforts for government employees, including police officials, about the LGBTQ community. But this isn't happening. The biggest challenge comes when people from the LGBT or gender non-conforming community can’t access their basic fundamental rights. The right to be identified as equal human beings by the society. This can’t happen because of insensitivity on the part of those officials who are meant to interact with India’s citizens on behalf of the government. When these officials treat someone as less than a ‘normal’ human being, then where is the equality? Providing the community with rights on paper is very different from active implementation. Join me in asking our political parties to commit in their 2019 election manifestos that they will put in place training programs in government institutions and for government employees so they can interact with the LGBTQ community with greater sensitivity. Let us come together and work to uphold the 2014 Supreme Court verdict in letter and in spirit! #2019ForLGBTQ #SheVotes2019  #LGBTQSensitivity #InclusiveManifesto

Meenakshi Gandotra
13,525 supporters
Petitioning Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Atishi, Akhilesh Pati Tripathi, Kiren Rijiju, Gautam Gambhir

Provide Better Training Equipment at the Guru Premnath Akhada, Delhi

“Ladki kya nahi kar sakti hai?”  Many of us have have grown up hearing the opposite of this, the stereotype of 'what can a girl really achieve?' and I was no exception. My father struggled with his job, and we often faced tough financial situations. Inspired by the girls fighting dangals in Haryana, my father also wanted me to train and fight as a wrestler. It was his dream to see one of his children become a famous wrestler and this became my dream too. I started training at the akhada (training centre) near my house in Gokulpur (New Delhi), and have been competing since I was 10 years old. I still remember the day I went with my father to the local grounds to compete, and no one wanted to compete with me as I was a girl. “How can a girl compete with us?” is all I could hear in whispers around me. I finally got one shot - to play one match to prove myself; and I won. I can never forget that feeling. From there on, there was no looking back from there. I went on to win bronze medals at both, the Asian Games 2018 and Commonwealth Games 2018. None of this would have been possible without the support of my father, who made sure I always had everything I required for my training. Unfortunately, not all women have access to all the resources they need to become champion wrestlers. The Guru Premnath Akhada in Delhi, where I train, desperately needs new equipment as most of it is either broken, or rusty. There are around 100 girls aged 8 years and upwards who train there. This is why I am starting this petition asking the Delhi Government for better gym equipment at the Guru Premnath Akhada, so that this akhada can produce many more Commonwealth and Asian Games champs. I come from a village where girls are married off after class 10 and 12. Their families often borrow money to arrange the wedding. If only they used this money to invest in their daughter’s  education, or sports, just like my father did, there will come a day when a girl will be able to fulfil her dreams and choose the life she wants for herself. Sign this petition to help my Akhada get better equipment, to support the training of many more #DangalQueens that every Indian will be proud of. I was also felicitated as part of The Quint's Me The Change initiative. 

Divya Kakran
14,079 supporters
Petitioning Atishi, @msisodia ‏, @minister_edu

Commit to organising a 3-day sex education training for Delhi Govt school teachers

“My 5-year old nephew had a bite mark on his cheek. On being asked how that happened, he said ‘Maama ne zyada pyaar kiya’ (my maternal uncle gave me some extra love)”. This shocker was shared by someone on a call-in show that I regularly host for a radio station in New Delhi.   That’s when it hit me: sexual harassment and abuse is not limited to women but happens to young boys and men too.  I’ve started my campaign to address this. Sign my petition asking the Delhi Government to organise a 3-day sex education training for government school teachers. As a radio professional who literally talks all the time for a living, I couldn’t understand the silence surrounding the issue of male child sexual abuse.  I dug further and looked for reasons online. I found an in-depth study that revealed that most victims and survivors stay silent as they don’t find spaces where they feel safe to talk about the horrible things being done to them. Counselling services and other support seem inaccessible. I knew I had to do something about this when I read that child sexual abuse in the national capital has skyrocketed by almost 1,784 percent - that is 4 children every day! This was reported by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in 2016.  I’ve started this campaign because I believe awareness is strength. If we make every child alert about sexual abuse, crimes against children can at best be prevented or at least be reported. For this to happen, first the school teachers need to be trained about how to talk to children about sex education and personal safety. #DontSayHaw I hope those in power respond by beginning this initiative of training teachers as a first step to creating a safer city for all children.  Take the first step by signing my petition. #DontSayHaw

Divya Vasudeva
6,738 supporters
Petitioning MINISTRY OF HUMAN RESOURCE AND DEVELOPMENT, Central Board of Secondary Education, Anita karwal, Manish Sisodia, Atishi

Get Special Educators for all Special Needs Children at Schools

Respected CBSE; MHRD; Anita Karwal; Manish Sisodia, Atishi I am a parent of a child on Autism Spectrum. CBSE currently mandates the appointment of 2 special educators at school and the RTE reserves 3% seats for special needs at school level. I am however disappointed because schools across the country despite being covered on the CBSE grounds of having special educators/counselors in school, do not provide a special educator who can address learning needs for all special children enrolled in a particular school. While these schools look covered on the count prescribed for special educators/counselors, I can clearly see that the challenge here is that the count of special educators is not matched with the students admitted as per the RTE. If a school admits 3 students per year, then the challenge is to address the needs for 42 special needs students (Nursery to 12th - 3*14) enrolled in a mainstream school.  With 42 special needs children, the appointment of 2 special educators does not suffice and despite mainstreaming the special needs, the retention is not possible because there is no special needs support. Therefore I would request all of you to please get special educators for all special needs, else parents like us will be disappointed and despite all efforts to mainstream, the students will not come to school. I would request everyone to sign this petition, who believes that education should be for all and if one has different learning needs, system should adapt itself to meet it and hire required professionals.  Sonia

Sonia Bindlish
5,078 supporters
Petitioning Ministry of Human Resource Development, Children welfare association, Up cm yogi Adityanath, Uttar Pradesh government, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, Atishi Singh

End bullying kids for fees in private schools of Delhi-NCR

India Today Education stands against the harassment and bullying of kids for unjustified fee hike in private unaided schools of Delhi-NCR.  Sign our petition to stop private schools from bullying the kids and support the right to education. A CBSE affiliated school, Presidium Indirapuram, in Ghaziabad has issued transfer certificates to a few students in the middle of the session on July 25, defying CBSE rules and Bye-laws, Article 21A of the Constitution in particular and of Section 16 of the RTE Act in general. Parents had been protesting against exorbitant fee hikes and illegal charges. After the fee hike when the parents approached the admin in-charge (Gaurav), they were asked to wait. Later, Presidium CEO G.S. Matharoo, despite ADM intervention on July 25, started issuing TCs the same day, defying all laws, rules and regulations. Mentally and physically harassing kids for illegal annual and development charges:While speaking with India Today education, a disappointed father, Pradeep Aggarwal, said, "On August 29 morning my child almost fainted when they didn't allow him to board the bus and seeing that my wife took money from her friends and paid the illegal charges to save my child from mental trauma. Now he doesn't want to go to Presidium or any school and is scared of Vice Principal who took his picture separately. He was asking why she took my picture. Will they harm me?" He further added, "School charged almost 1.42 lakh illegal charges by putting the life of my child almost in danger. They scared my wife to death and asked us not to raise voice." Fees paid in advance but kids not allowed to enter school premisesParents send their kids to school to ensure a better career. If a school fails to provide education and runs a business on the name of it, what will happen to our future generation? Many parents have claimed that their kids have been harassed in school. The school had issued transfer certificates to more than 30 students in July 2017. The parents have paid the fees in advance but the school authorities are not allowing kids inside the premises. "School is not allowing kids to board the bus and enter the school but has already taken advance fees till the month of September. The school management has been asking for Annual and Development charges which are not legal as per CBSE bye-laws and other recommendations from various authorities. Due to this, kids and their parents have been in mental trauma. Also to highlight, there are at least 1000 parents who have not paid A and D charges but school management is targeting only handful of kids and misbehaving with them," said another parent Sonali Puri. "Kids are being embarrassed as they are being moved to different locations like the library, under construction rooms, store rooms etc. and they are not allowed in the class which is impacting their education badly. One of the senior students said to his parents that he will commit suicide if the school continues to harass him in front of other students," Puri added. Parents have knocked the door of all the possible authorities like DIOS, SSP, local police station but nothing is happening. They are requesting UP government to get TCs revoked and introduce an education act to regularise the fee structure, increase fee and illegal A and D charges to stop school mafias. India Today Education stands against the harassment and bullying of kids for unjustified fee hike in private unaided schools of Delhi-NCR. Sign our petition to stop private schools from bullying the kids. #ITEAgainstFeeHike #FeeHikeWatch the kids talk about their problem here: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/story/school-fee-hike/1/1033913.html

India Today Education
3,907 supporters
Petitioning Arvind Kejriwal

देश के लिए मेडल जीतने वाली दिव्या के अखाड़े को है बेहतर जिम उपकरणों की ज़रूरत

“लड़की क्या नहीं कर सकती है?” हम में से बहुत सारे लोग इन शब्दों का विपरीत ही सुनकर बड़े हुए हैं, “लड़की आखिर कर ही क्या सकती है?” और मैं भी इस सवाल का सामना कर के ही बड़ी हुई। मेरे पिता जी ने अपनी नौकरी में बहुत सारी चुनौतियों को देखा और हमारे पूरे परिवार को बहुत सारे आर्थिक संकटों का सामना करना पड़ा। हरियाणा के दंगलों में लड़कियों को कुश्ती लड़ते देख मेरा पिताजी भी मुझे रेसलर की तरह लड़ते और ट्रेनिंग लेते देखना चाहते थे। उनका सपना था कि वो अपनी संतान को रेसलिंग की दुनिया का सबसे मशहूर रेसलर बनाएं और उनका सपना, मेरा सपना बन गया। 10 साल की उम्र से ही मैं अपने घर- गोकुलपुर (नई दिल्ली) के पास बने एक अखाड़े में ट्रेनिंग लेने लगी। मुझे अच्छे से याद है जब मैं अपने पिताजी के साथ लोकल ग्राउंड में लड़ने के लिए गई तो कोई मुझसे लड़ने के लिए तैयार नहीं हुआ। क्योंकि मैं एक लड़की थी। “ये लड़की कैसे हमसे मुकाबला कर सकती है?” ये वाक्य मेरे शरीर से लेकर आत्मा तक को भेद रहे थे। किसी तरह मुझे एक मैच खेलने दिया गया और मैंने खुद को साबित किया। मैं जीत गई थी और मुझे आज भी उस जीत का एक-एक लम्हा याद है। उसके बाद से मैंने कभी पीछे मुड़कर नहीं देखा। मैंने 2018 के एशियन गेम्स और कॉमनवेल्थ गेम, दोनों में देश के लिए ब्रांज़ मेडल जीता। ये सबकुछ मेरे पिताजी के बिना संभव नहीं हो पाता, जिन्होंने हमेशा ये सुनिश्चित किया कि मुझे ट्रेनिंग के लिए जो कुछ भी चाहिए, वो मेरे पास हो। अफसोस की बात ये है कि हर लड़की के पास इतनी सुविधाएं और मौके नहीं होते कि वो एक चैंपियन रेसलर बने। दिल्ली का गुरू प्रेमनाथ अखाड़ा, जहाँ मैं ट्रेनिंग करती हूँ वहाँ नए उपकरणों की बहुत ज़रूरत है। ज्यादातर उपकरणों में जंग लगा है, या वो टूट चुके हैं। वहाँ 8 साल से ऊपर की करीब 100 लड़कियाँ हैं, जो ट्रेनिंग करती हैं। देश के लिए मेडल लाने का सपना देखती हैं। इसलिए मैंने दिल्ली सरकार के नाम ये पेटीशन शुरू किया है ताकि गुरू प्रेमनाथ अखाड़े में जिम के बेहतर उपकरण हों। ताकि इस अखाड़े से ऐसे लोग निकलें जो देश के लिए मेडल ला सकें। मेरी पेटीशन पर हस्ताक्षर करें। मैं एक ऐसे गाँव से आती हूँ जहाँ लड़कियों को दसवीं या बारहवीं क्लास तक ब्याह दिया जाता है। इन लड़कियों के परिवार वाले इतने गरीब होते हैं कि शादी के लिए उन्हें कर्ज़ लेना पड़ता है। काश ये कर्ज़ वो शादी के लिए नहीं बल्कि अपनी बेटियों की शिक्षा या उन्हें खेलों में आगे बढ़ाने के लिए लेते। जैसा मेरे पिताजी ने किया। अगर ऐसा हो तो हर लड़की अपने सपने पूरे कर पाएगी और वो बनेगी, जो वो बनना चाहती है। मेरी पेटीशन पर हस्ताक्षर करें ताकि हमारे अखाड़े को जल्द से जल्द बेहतर उपकरण मुहैया कराए जाएं। आपके एक हस्ताक्षर से बहुत सारी दंगल क्वीन निकलेंगी जो आगे जाकर देश का नाम रोशन करेंगी। मुझे द क्विंट के मी द चेंज पहल में सम्मानित किया गया था।

Divya Kakran
14,079 supporters
Clear the Traffic Congestion on Vikas Marg

Dear Supporters, Thank you for participating in my #EastDelhiDialogues and starting your petition to me on Change.org as suggestions for my East Delhi Manifesto for Lok Sabha Elections, 2019. Over the past many months, I have been excited to interact with a diverse voices of East Delhi as part this initiative to build my vision document. Just like you, I believe in honest politics. I also believe that there is great potential to create change as a Member of Parliament. My belief in the power of public office comes from the 3 amazing years I spent as Advisor to the Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia till April 2018. In that time, I was able to transform over one thousand of Delhi’s government schools. Better infrastructure, a high-quality teaching-learning process and a strong system involving parents in the overall running of schools are just some of the incredible things we did. There's so much more I want to do for our city and country, and I want to thank you for helping me in this initiative. Great things happen when active citizens and committed doers connect. Otherwise, the changes Delhi needs become frustratingly slow. I know you are a responsible citizen and I will stand by commitments I have made in the East Delhi Manifesto. I thank you again for your active participation. Warm Regards Atishi

5 months ago
Develop East Delhi as arts and cultural hub focussed on schools and neibourhoods

Dear Supporters, Thank you for sending in your suggestion on Change.org in response to my vision building for East Delhi Manifesto. East Delhi has suffered governmental neglect for many decades and it is visible in the absence of thriving cultural centres in the constituency. I have announced in my manifesto that there will be 5 new cultural centres set up to promote art and culture in East Delhi. Schools and colleges in will be encouraged to collaborate with these cultural centres in East Delhi, so as to nurture children and youth in the field of art and culture. Despite people’s demands, community centres have not been set up in many areas of the constituency, including Sunder Nagar and near Chilla Janta Flats. This will be immediately rectified. New community centres with public facilities such as clean toilets, drinking water and regular maintenance work, will be provided in all localities of East Delhi. Community centres for senior citizens will be set-up in each Vidhansabha of East Delhi. I believe that true representation of peoples’ concerns and strong political will can play a big role in the improvement and development of a constituency. I am committed to providing East Delhi residents concrete solutions to the challenges the area faces today. Warm Regards Atishi

5 months ago
Cover The Nala Near Eastend Apartment and Nagarjuna Housing Societies

Dear Amina and residents of East End Apartments, Thank you for sending me your petition on Change.org and bringing to my notice serious issues associated with the nallahs. In your petition, you have rightly noted that the toxic fumes of the nala near Eastend Apartments and Nagarjuna housing society in Mayur Vihar Phase-1 extension has become a serious health hazard for thousands of people. I have noticed the stench is unbearable. A major problem faced by the residents across East Delhi from New Ashok Nagar to colonies of Lajpat Nagar, is the constantly deteriorating state of the nallahs. I assure you that I will make this my priority - desilting and cleaning work of nallahs, will be undertaken within 100 days. Furthermore, East Delhi’s green spaces have been disappearing. The public parks managed by DDA are lying in dismal conditions— often converted to garbage dumps or illegal parking lots— including the parks in the Buland Masjid area, the Ambedkar Park in Kondli, and Rana Pratap park in Gandhi Nagar. DDA parks across East Delhi will be cleaned and brought back to life. Given Delhi’s complex governance system, we will fight tooth and nail to ensure that Delhi gets full statehood, which will ensure that everyday problems related to the DDA, Delhi Police and MCD are resolved in a timely manner. I believe that true representation of peoples’ concerns and strong political will can play a big role in the improvement and development of a constituency. I am committed to provide East Delhi residents concrete solutions to the challenges the area faces today. Warm Regards, Atishi

5 months ago
East Delhi Needs A Government Super-Speciality Hospital

Dear Supporters, Thank you for sending me this petition on Change.org as a suggestion for my #EastDelhiDialogues. Like you, I too feel the need urgent and pressing need for a hospital in East Delhi. Over the past 4 years, the AAP government in Delhi has tried to build at least 3 hospitals in East Delhi — on Pushta Road, in Okhla’s Batla House area and in Sarita Vihar. But since Delhi is not a full state and the files for these government hospitals were deliberately stopped. With full statehood, East Delhi will get these three new government hospitals to cater to the needs of the people, and that is why the Aam Aadmi Party is fighting tooth and nail to make Delhi’s statehood a reality. The Mohalla Clinics and PolyClinics of the AAP government have been providing free healthcare services to the people of East Delhi. Despite their benefit to the people of Delhi, these clinics are attacked by the Centre and MCD. In a full state, East Delhi will get a strong network of Mohalla and PolyClinics which are successful in providing free, doorstep healthcare services to all citizens, and can function without any interference. Understaffed and overburdened, best defines the present condition of the healthcare network in East Delhi. In a full state, the Delhi government will have the power to recruit and we will use it to employ more doctors and medical staff, so that high-quality health facilities are not compromised. Drug addiction is a major concern in different pockets of East Delhi, including but not limited to Sarai Kale Khan, Nizamuddin, Kalyanpuri, Trilokpuri etc. Drug de-addiction centres will be set up to help communities resolve this problem. With the aim of improving women’s healthcare conditions, mother and child healthcare centres will be set up for specialised care. Full statehood status will allow Delhi to have access to a unified healthcare system with the AAP government ensuring synchronisation between various governmental agencies, and it is our mission to achieve that. Warm Regards Atishi

5 months ago
Safety and Security rechecking of all the schools to ensure that our children are safe

Dear Supporters, I have made a note of this petition on change.org asking for safety of kids in school started by Neelima. I hear you and I am committed to taking education in East Delhi to leaps and bounds. To give more context, I will like to share what we have committed to in our Aam party manifesto, In 2015, Delhi's government schools had 24,157 classrooms. Despite all the hurdles, AAP Government has built 8,213 new classrooms. By November 2019, another 12,748 new classrooms will be completed. The teachers of Delhi government schools have been sent to coveted institutes in Finland, Singapore & United Kingdom for training so that the students can get world class education. ̈ Special initiatives have been launched to strengthen foundational learning skills. New initiatives like Happiness Curriculum, Entrepreneurship Curriculum & Campaign on Constitutional Values are being introduced to provide holistic education to children. ̈ For the first time, parents were involved in the functioning of the school through School Management Committees. Mega Parents Teachers' Meetings are organized every quarter in Delhi government schools. For the first time ever, Delhi's government schools have performed better than Delhi's private schools in 12th Class results consecutively for the last three years. ̈ Delhi government provides Guarantee Free Loan Scheme upto Rs 10 lakhs for the students passing Class 12th in Delhi. We have further expanded Right to School, hence, Every child in Delhi will be entitled to free, world-class education from Nursery to Class 12 (age 3-18 years), so that s/he can become a happy, aware and capable citizen. East Delhi boasts of a diverse and vibrant population. East Delhi is home to professionals, teachers, artists, businessmen and daily-wagers, who contribute significantly to the economy and development of Delhi. Therefore, I commit to following in East Delhi Manifesto. The way AAP transformed government schools across Delhi and in East Delhi; higher education institutions will be set-up and transformed to provide world-class college, East Delhi will become the education district of the city. In a full state, more land will be allotted for school education, to construct new government schools and to improve infrastructure facilities in all the existing schools. Delhi’s education revolution in schools will not face any roadblocks. Thank you for participating in East Delhi Dialogues, and I will be happy to include your concerns for the safety of children in education modules. Warm Regards Atishi

5 months ago
Commit to organising a 3-day sex education training for Delhi Govt school teachers

Dear Supporters, I have made note of a change.org petition started by Divya asking for training teachers in personal safety and sex education. Thank you for participating with me in building our vision for East Delhi together. The story of sexual abuse that you shared in your petition is absolutely horrific and shows a mirror of reality to how vulnerable our children are to sexual violence. We need to put an end to the culture of silence around child sexual abuse and start having more open conversations and create awareness. The Delhi Government has made remarkable progress in the field of education for Delhi. We take skill building of our teaching staff very seriously. the teachers of Delhi government schools have been sent to coveted institutes in Finland, Singapore & United Kingdom for training so that the students can get world class education. Special initiatives have been launched to strengthen foundational learning skills. New initiatives like Happiness Curriculum, Entrepreneurship Curriculum & Campaign on Constitutional Values are being introduced to provide holistic education to children. I have taken personal interest in involving parents in the functioning of the school through School Management Committees. Mega Parents Teachers' Meetings are organized every quarter in Delhi government schools. For the first time ever, Delhi's government schools have performed better than Delhi's private schools in 12th Class results consecutively for the last three years. We have come this far and we have a long long way to go. I agree with you when you say that school teachers need to be trained about how to talk to children about sex education and personal safety. I will put forth your suggestion forward to Delhi’s Education Minister Shri Manish Sisodia. We will come up with a comprehensive action plan to create awareness in Delhi schools on the issue of child sexual abuse. Warm Regards Atishi

5 months ago
Commit to Clearing Up Ghazipur Landfill #CleanTheMess

Dear Supporters, Thank you for starting this petition me on change.org and taking this opportunity to participate actively in democracy. I want to thank you for helping me build my East Delhi Manifesto, and participating in my #EastDelhiDialogues. Great things happen when active citizens and committed doers connect. Otherwise, the changes Delhi needs become frustratingly slow. I have made a note of your petition asking for clearing up of Ghazipur landfill. You have rightly noted in your petition that a mountain of garbage of such great proportions as Ghazipur can’t be invisible to our civic authorities.The landfill is not just an eyesore but a dangerous health hazard. The Ghazipur garbage dump is no longer being used to collect Delhi’s waste but no measures have been taken up to clear the area either. Ensuring cleanliness in Delhi is the responsibility of the MCD and nowhere has it failed more, than in East Delhi. Everyday, garbage accumulates on street corners, in public parks and community spaces as the EDMC refuses to collect it. The Aam Aadmi party is committed to full statehood for Delhi and In a full state, East Delhi will no longer face the problem of garbage collection. We commit that the garbage at Ghazipur dump will be cleared within two years by productively using the garbage in activities such as road construction. Further, a complete ban on open dhalaos will be issued, so as to reduce the health and sanitation hazard from these open garbage collection points. Our mission is to make Delhi one of the cleanest states in the world and with your support, we will achieve it. Thank you Warmly yours, Atishi

5 months ago
Include LGBTQIA+ Sensitivity Training For All Govt Employees in 2019 Election Manifesto

Dear Supporters, Thank you for starting this petition on Change.org to me to build a vision for East Delhi as a part of my #EastDelhiDialogues. Given Delhi’s complex governance system, the Aam Aadmi Party will fight tooth and nail to ensure that Delhi gets full statehood. This will ensure that everyday problems related to the DDA, Delhi Police and MCD are resolved in a timely manner. In my vision statement, I commit that all police officials will undergo regular skill enhancement trainings and gender sensitisation workshops. A police in service training centre equipped with world-class facilities and learning programmes will be set up for this purpose. As rightly noted by Meenakshi in this petition, a 2014 Supreme Court verdict mandates regular training and sensitisation efforts for government employees, including police officials, about gender, including women and the LGBTQ community. As a part of these sensitisation programs, we will include all spectrums of gender and sexuality. Warmly yours, Atishi

5 months ago
Employ More Women as Sports Coaches in Girls' and Co-ed Schools in Delhi

Dear Supporters, The Delhi Government has made remarkable progress in the field of education for Delhi. As noted in Aam Admi Party’s manifesto, the teachers of Delhi government schools have been sent to coveted institutes in Finland, Singapore & United Kingdom for training so that the students can get world class education. Special initiatives have been launched to strengthen foundational learning skills. New initiatives like Happiness Curriculum, Entrepreneurship Curriculum & Campaign on Constitutional Values are being introduced to provide holistic education to children. For the first time, parents were involved in the functioning of the school through School Management Committees. Mega Parents Teachers' Meetings are organized every quarter in Delhi government schools. For the first time ever, Delhi's government schools have performed better than Delhi's private schools in 12th Class results consecutively for the last three years. We have come this far and we have a long long way to go. I want to thank you and your 50000 signers for sending me this petition on change.org as a part of my #EastDelhiDialogues, asking for more women sports coaches in schools. There is a dearth of women sportspersons in sports, more specifically in sports training. We have committed in our manifesto to fill existing vacancies of over 2 lakh government jobs in Delhi Police, Education, Health Department etc. with 85% reservation for residents of Delhi. Within these parameters, I will share your ideas of women sports coaches to the party leadership and the Delhi Education Minister. Revolutionising Delhi schools will continue to be our priority and we will consider your suggestion carefully. Thank you! Warm regards Atishi

5 months ago
Commit to increase secondary and senior secondary girls schools in 2019 election manifesto

Dear Aditi, I would like to thank you and 53000 supporters of this petition for participating with my East Delhi Dialogues and sending me a petition on Change.org. I have always felt very strongly about education and its ability to spark societal change. Both girls and boys have suffered at the hands of governments that have neglected our public school infrastructure. Undoubtedly, girls have to clear far more obstacles on their course to being educated than do boys. It might be of interest to you to know that there are more girls in Delhi government schools than boys, making girls the biggest beneficiaries of our reforms. But this figure may not be the same for other states. I hope your petition reaches other state governments as well, and we see a more definitive push towards expanding capacity across the country. Further, we have committed in our East Delhi Manifesto, that there will be a special focus on women’s education institutions, especially in technical fields to improve women’s involvement in the STEM fields. We will continue to fight for Delhi’s statehood and in a full state, more land will be allotted for school education, to construct new government schools and to improve infrastructure facilities in all the existing schools. Delhi’s education revolution in schools will not face any roadblocks. I believe that true representation of peoples’ concerns and strong political will can play a big role in improvement and development of a constituency. I am committed to provide East Delhi residents concrete solutions to the challenges they faces today. Warm regards, Atishi

5 months ago