SOUTH MUMBAI JOB FAIR 2014
On 19th January 2014, Mr. Deora organized a Job Fair in South Mumbai which was held at the Saboo Siddik Polytechnic College premises. This initiative by Mr. Deora is aimed at providing various job opportunities to young freshers as well as experienced candidates. The event was a huge success with a total of 74 companies participating. These companies included Airtel, Hindustan Unilever, LIC, Max Life Insurance, ICICI, Hindustan Times, McDonald’s, and others. Job offers were handed out to 2424 applicants, while 2544 candidates were called for a second round of interviews. Mr.Deora, however, said that Job Fairs were good, short term solutions for youth employment. But for a more structural solution, skill training was the key.
DENOUNCING THE MOVE FOR PRIVATE AIRLINES TO GIVE SPECIAL PRIVILEGES TO MPS
On 30thJanuary 2014, Mr Deora denounced the move of private airlines being asked to give special privileges like faster security clearances and lounge access to Members of Parliament in line with what Air India has been providing so far. Mr.Deora said that there was no need for special treatment for legislators in private airlines or in Air India, Railways and even toll booths.
MILIND DEORA TAKES UP MUMBAI RAIL ISSUES WITH KHARGE
On 13th January, 2014, in a written letter, Mr. Deora urged the Railway Minister, Mallikarjun Kharge, to urgently look into the safety of train commuters in Mumbai. He asked Kharge to look into the matter seriously. Initiate strong and quick measures to prevent mishaps. A recent one where a young girl lost both her arms after falling through the wide gap between the platform and the local train at Ghatkopar station in Mumbai. Mr. Deora has taken up the suburban rail commuters’ issues with the railway minister. Various complaints and representations from Railway Passenger Associations, NGOs, a memorandum from Moneylife Foundation and Samir Zaveri Railway Helpline were addressed. These associations on behalf of Mumbaikars requested his immediate intervention to stop deaths on Mumbai rail tracks.
He also suggested measures like availability of ambulances and first-aid kits at all railway stations to ensure that the injured passengers are provided with necessary medical attention and bridging the gap between the platforms and the trains. In emergency situations, he emphasized that primary attention be given to saving precious lives rather than the official paper work.
OFFERED CONDOLENCES AT THE PASSING AWAY OF DR. SYEDNA MOHAMMED BURHANUDDIN
Mr. Deora paid his last respects to Dr. Syedna Mohamed Burhanuddin, the spiritual leader of the Dawoodi Bohra community at Saifee Mahal in South Mumbai on 17th January 2014. Dr. Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin was the 52nd Dai al-Multaq of the worldwide Dawoodi Bohra community. He was a messenger of peace and worked for the upliftment of the community through education of women and removal of social vices. Mr. Deora offered his heartfelt condolences to the family.
GREETING THE NATION ON THE EVE OF EID-E-MILADUNNABI
On 14th January, Mr. Deora greeted the entire nation on the eve of Eid-e-Miladunnabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad. The event took place at the historic Khilafat house in Byculla, Mumbai. Minister for External Affairs, Mr. Salman Khurshid and MLA, Mr Nawab Malik had also graced the occasion. Mr.Deora mentioned how Gandhiji had led the All India Khilafat procession in South Mumbai to spread communal harmony among Hindus and Muslims. “The Prophet was a great social reformer and his birthday should be celebrated as a day of love and tolerance”, said Mr. Deora.
ATTENDED BHOOMI POOJAN FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW FISHING JETTY AT FERRY WARF, MAZAGAON
On 19th January 2014, Mr. Deora attended the Bhoomi Poojan for the construction of a new Fishing Jetty at Ferry Wharf (Bhaucha Dhakka), Mazagaon. MLA Mr. Madhuka Chavan and other key officials of the Mumbai port were also present on the occasion. The construction of the Fishing Jetty at Ferry Wharf will act as a safety measure for the fishing community.
LAUNCH OF WORLI FESTIVAL IN MUMBAI
On 18th January 2014, Mr. Deora along with MLA Mr. Sachin Ahir, local RAs and NGOs launched the Worli Festival in Mumbai. It is organized by Shree Sankalp Pratishthan and OMCPL. The Festival was held from 24th January to 26th January 2014, staged at the iconic Worli Sea Face Promenade and the RWITC (Race Course). It offered a string of events including a Food Festival (RWITC), Kid’s Carnival, Kala Bazaar (Art and Craft Zone), Flea Market, Morning Ragas including a melodious performance by Begum Parveen Sultana, Art Installation talking about Mumbai Vision 20-20, Mumbai Masala/Pot Puja (showcasing food zones), Worli’s Got Talent (a talent contest open to Worli residents) and a Short Film Festival Stage giving the guests an opportunity to interact with reputed Bollywood directors.
A Republic Color 5K run was held at the Festival for the first time for the people of all ages. This year the Worli Festival saw Salman Khan making his presence on the first day of the festival. The essence of this Festival has always been about celebrating Worli and bringing together people from various parts of Mumbai. Mr. Deora encouraged Mumbaikars to get involved with the festival!
INTERACTIVE SESSION WITH STUDENTS OF WILSON COLLEGE
On 15th January 2014, Mr. Deora interacted with the students of Wilson College, Mumbai and answered questions related to local and national issues. He also discussed his advocacy of the RTI Act and how it has empowered each and every citizen in the country. Mr. Deora was very impressed by the enthusiasm of the students and had a one on one conversation with them sharing details about his volunteer programme.
INTERACTIVE SESSION WITH STUDENTS OF BURHANI COLLEGE
On 15th January 2014, Mr. Deora interacted with students from Mumbai’s Burhani College in Byculla. He had a very lively conversation with the students and showed great interest in answering their questions related to governance.
INDIA’S FIRST MONORAIL
On 1st February 2014, Mr. Deora expressed pleasure at the inauguration of the monorail in Mumbai. This is the first monorail in India. Chief Minister Shri Prithviraj Chavan inaugurated the monorail which started functioning for the public from 2nd February onwards. Around 20,000 people got the opportunity to travel through the monorail on its first day. The train stretches from Wadala to Chembur and the commute lasts for about 20 minutes. Mr. Milind Deora felicitated Mumbai for its first ever monorail and termed it as a ‘monovision’.
LETTER TO PM TO STREAMLINE/REPLACE MPLAD SCHEME
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on 25th January, 2014 lent his voice to the growing chorus on doing away with the MPLAD scheme saying 50 per cent of the parliamentarians were not in favor of it.
Earlier on 3rd January, 2014, Milind Deora had written to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking a replacement of the MPLADS with a new programme to provide skill training and employability to the youth. In the letter, Mr. Deora said the money sanctioned under the MPLADS could be used for infrastructure-related projects in the constituencies while the demand for jobs and skills are the “top priority for people”.
He stated that each parliamentarian can then direct his/her constituents seeking skill development and jobs to the initiative and help mobilize youngsters from their constituency. These funds could be directly provided to students upon completion of training and certification in each constituency, thereby removing the potential of misuse.
INAUGURATION OF THE NATIONAL HADRON BEAM FACILITY AND CANCER CENTRE FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
On 10th January, 2014 Mr. Deora attended the foundation stone laying ceremony of the National Hadron Beam Facility and Cancer Centre for Women and Children in Mumbai at the Tata Memorial Hospital, where the foundation stone was laid by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh. The facility aims to provide high end cancer treatment to patients at a reduced cost. This will be the first such centre in India and it will bring India into a select list of countries to offer this advanced treatment for cancer. The entire project is funded by the Department of Atomic Energy and is expected to be completed in four years’ time.
FREE EYE CAMP AT KUMBHARDWADA, KHETWADI IN MUMBAI
Mr. Deora on 5th January 2014 organized a free eye camp at Kumbhardwada, Khetwadi in Mumbai. During the camp, 5916 free spectacles were distributed and 193 free cataract surgeries were scheduled for the needy citizens. The Camp was also attended by eminent journalists like Mr. Vir Sanghvi and Mrs. Seema Goswami. These free eye camps are organized as a part of “The Eye Camp Project” periodically for poor patients. Before this camp, 80 such eye camps have been completed across the South Mumbai constituency with an average attendance in recent years of about 3000 people.
CONSULTATION PROGRAM FOR CONGRESS’S NATIONAL MANIFESTO FOR 2014
On 11th January 2014, Mr. Deora shared the stage with Mr. Rahul Gandhi in Bengaluru at the Bangalore Palace Grounds, consulting with youth and student leaders for making Congress’s National Manifesto. To ensure that governance truly reflects the voice of the people, the Congress party has decided that the manifesto for 2014 elections will be prepared by public consultation, a process which is being led by Mr. Rahul Gandhi, who has started interactions across the country with a variety of stakeholders.
This session focused on issues concerning the youth and was attended by people from various backgrounds. A special effort was made to include young entrepreneurs, young innovators, sportsmen and professionals. The effort was to make the session participative and secure maximum number of suggestions for the party’s election manifesto.
THE MAHARASHTRA STATE URDU SAHITYA ACADEMY AWARDS
Mr. Deora attended the Maharashtra State Urdu Sahitya Academy Awards held on 10th January, 2014 at Saboo Siddiqui College, Mumbai in the presence of the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr. Prithviraj Chavan. Mr. Chavan and Mr. Deora felicitated noted Urdu academicians where Mr. Deora spoke about Urdu being a ‘tehzeeb’ and not just a ‘zubaan’.
THE FIRST BHENDI BAZAR URDU FESTIVAL
On 12th January 2014, Mr. Deora attended Bhendi Bazar Urdu Festival held in Imambada ground near Dongri where he spoke about his love for Sufi/Qawwali music, particularly songs like Maki Madni. The festival was organized for the first time and inaugurated by Mumbai’s Mayor Mr. Sunil Prabhu. It highlighted Urdu literature’s evolution through the works of writers and poets who made the area their sanctum. It also examined places that are not only architecturally significant, but also featured prominently in the freedom struggle. The festival celebrated the origin of the language through discussions, speeches, and documentation.
FELICITATED JIO’S OFFICE BEARERS
On 12th January 2014, Mr. Deora felicitated JIO’s (Jain International Organization) South Mumbai office-bearers and Nyayapadma Sagar Maharaj Saheb. JIO is the central umbrella organization that covers Jains of all sects, regions and professions, committed to work unitedly. P P Naypadmsagarji Maharaj Saheb is a visionary who created history by forming various associations, initiating long term projects and has been uniting Jains of all sects, regions and professions.
INTERACTED WITH RESIDENTS OF MALABAR HILL
Mr. Deora on 12th January 2014 also interacted with several Residents Association of South Mumbai’s Malabar Hill region. The meeting was convened to discuss local and national issues and deliberate means to tackle them. Mr. Deora regularly organizes the Jansampark where his constituents can meet him to discuss their problems relating to State Government departments and the Municipal Corporation. The Jansampark serves the dual purpose of allowing Mr. Deora to better understand the ever-changing problems of citizens whilst giving them a chance to meet their democratic representative and understand his vision.
APPRECIATING THE STUNNING NEW TERMINAL 2 AT MUMBAI AIRPORT
Mr. Deora expressed his pleasure at the inauguration of the new terminal T2 at the Mumbai airport which was inaugurated by the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Mr. Manmohan Singh on 11th January 2014. The newly opened terminal possesses world class facilities and with the inauguration of this swanky new terminal, the airports passenger capacity will rise by 40 million passengers annually giving the Mumbai airport a significant revenue boost. The terminal is expected to start functioning from mid February onwards.
DEMANDING A PROBE INTO THE ADARSH SCAM REPORT
With regard to the Adarsh Housing Society Scam, Mr. Milind Deora took an independent stance by tweeting that the Maharashtra Government should have investigated and answered questions raised by the judicial commission of enquiry report on the scam instead of rejecting it. He reasonably suggested that the report be debated in the legislature despite the consequences such a move would have on all political parties concerned, including his own.
WELCOMING THE LOKPAL
Mr .Deora celebrated the passing of the much awaited Lokpal Bill and credited every Indian for this achievement. Following clearance by Lok Sabha in 2011, the bill came under the scrutiny of a select committee of Rajya Sabha before it was passed by the upper house on 17th December 2013. With the President’s assent and consequent legal procedures the bill will transform into the Lokpal Act 2013. While the bill will provide for a powerful national ombudsman to investigate misconduct in government, Mr. Deora said that the onus to kill corruption is on each one of us.
TRANSFORMING INDIA INTO A LEADING TRANS-SHIPMENT HUB
Mr. Deora, along with Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Mr. Shashi Tharoor, visited the Vizhinjam project site in Thiruvananthapuram on 22nd December and held discussions with officials of Kerala state government and Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd. After a detailed presentation by the port officials on Vizhinjam port, which is set to be one of India’s primary multipurpose seaports, will transform the country into a leading trans-shipment hub and will also serve as a tourist destination. In an effort to promote the maritime traditions of the state, Mr. Deora proposed to establish a heritage museum and an elevator as part of the Vizhinjam lighthouse tourism project that has been undertaken by the Directorate General of Lighthouses and Lightships (subordinate office under the Ministry of Shipping) in association with the Kerala State Industrial Development Corporation on public-private-participation model. Considering possibilities of cabotage exemption, Mr. Deora affirmed that Vizhinjam port will soon translate into reality. Mr. Deora also reviewed and evaluated the functioning of BSNL, C-DAC & India Post in Kerala.
CONGRATULATING ARVIND KEJRIWAL
Mr. Deora congratulated Mr. Arvind Kejriwal on becoming the 7th Chief Minister of Delhi and wished him success in delivering on his election promises, reiterating that raised expectations among citizens entrusted the new Chief Minister with enormous responsibility to deliver.
JUNIOR SOCCER CHALLENGERS TO LEAVE FOR LONDON IN APRIL
As part of the 5th Milind Deora South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challenger 2013, two youngsters Aman Gaikwad and Kamran Ansari were selected to train with the Queens Park Rangers Football team in England for three weeks. The winners were felicitated by Mr. Deora and are set to fly to London in April, this year. This championship is yet another initiative by Mr. Deora to identify and hone the athletic talent in deserving children from municipal and government funded schools in South Mumbai and has attracted over 5000 students since its inception in 2009.
INAUGURATING PUBLIC SERVICE INITIATIVES
Mr. Deora inaugurated multiple public service initiatives as part of his regular constituency visits on 29th December. Starting with a free Cancer Detection Camp organized by Om Padmashali Seva Sangham and Indian Cancer Society, South Mumbai, he unveiled the Sant Gadge Maharaj Chowk named after one of Maharashtra’s most prominent social reformers at Cuffe Parade, later in the day. Various public works including water connections & ring wells in Machhimar Nagar and Colaba Market and a new drainage line for Mankani Mansion were also inaugurated by him.
Mr. Deora has been working with civic authorities to rehabilitate residents of Ambedkar Nagar slum who were displaced by a recent blaze and is also persuading the Army to allow the Maharashtra Government to construct affordable homes for inhabitants of the Colaba Transit Camp. He visited both these sites to know more about people’s concerns.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM PARLIAMENT VISIT 2013
Students from colleges across Mumbai got an opportunity to visit the Parliament on 11th December, 2013 as part of Mr. Deora’s unique Youth Development Program for the fifth consecutive year. The initiative focuses on deepening the students’ understanding of the functioning of the government while attempting to bridge the prevalent disconnect they have with the actual system by helping them to directly participate in it.
Students were first hosted by the Hon’ble Vice President Dr. K. Hamid Ansari at his residence where they had an interactive session about politics and thereafter the students were then received by Shri Sachin Pilot Minister of State for Corporate Affairs (I/C), for a wide ranging question answer session followed by a visit to the NDTV studio where they had a lively exchange with Dr. Prannoy Roy, co-founder and executive co-chairperson of NDTV and Mrs. Sonia Singh, Editorial Director, NDTV on topics such as ethics in journalism and media biases.
The second day began with a visit to the residence of Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister for Law and Justice, Communications and IT and subsequently the students interacted with Shri Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State For Human Resource Development where he reminisced about his time at the UN office and answered questions on issues ranging from foreign affairs to politics in India. The Delhi trip concluded with a visit to Indira Gandhi Memorial, where students had a brush with the personal and public life of the former Prime Minister including a tour of the very spot of her assassination.
SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS CONSTITUTIONALITY OF SECTION 377
Mr. Deora was closely associated with UNAIDS in the area of HIV prevention and in that context learned about Section 377. He expressed his disappointment at the recent decision of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India on 11th December 2013 which over-ruled a High Court verdict that had set aside a law framed in 1860 and decriminalized consensual sex among adult homosexual men. Mr. Deora is a staunch advocate of social liberty and believes that one’s sexual preference is a matter of personal choice and should not be regulated. Mr. Deora wants homosexuality to be decriminalized as he believes that this verdict is sending out a wrong message internationally. He hopes that the political fraternity gets together and sends out a stern message that India is a liberal and accommodative democracy.
EFFORTS TO BRING BACK CAPTIAN SUNIL JAMES
Mr. Deora on 5th December 2013 instructed DG-Shipping to work with Ministry of External Affairs and Accord Marine to explore parole options that could allow Capt James – an Indian Sailor employed with Accord Marine who had been behind bars in a Togo jail to return to India and conduct the last rites of his child. He was thankful to the Hon’ble Prime Minister for agreeing to meet the family of Captain James. The Prime Minister assured the kin that the government would leave no stone unturned in trying to ensure Mr. James’s safe repatriation. Finally the mariner was released on 20th December after successful negotiations between the two governments. Upon returning home, Captain James cremated his infant son who had been kept in a morgue since his demise on 2nd December
SUPREME COURT DECISION ON ‘LAL BATTI’
Mr. Deora welcomed the Hon’ble Supreme Court’s decision on 10th December 2013 which ruled that red beacon lights could be used only on the vehicles of high constitutional functionaries that too without flashers and that blue beacon lights could be used only by emergency services and police authorities. Mr. Deora is one of the few politicians who readily circumvent the ‘Lal Batti’ in Mumbai.
INDIA TELECOM 2013 INAUGURAL CEREMONY
On 5th December, 2013 Mr. Deora in the presence of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India and Shri Kapil Sibal, Minister for IT and Communications and Law and Justice attended the inaugural ceremony of India Telecom 2013 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
The India Telecom series of exhibition and conference is organized by Department of Telecom, Government of India and FICCI. Mr. Deora made a speech on the occasion in which he spoke about the promising future of the Internet medium and its ability to solve many problems that we today face both as a civilization and as a nation.
INAUGURATED 11TH UPPER CRUST FOOD AND WINE SHOW
Mr. Deora on 5th December, 2013 inaugurated 11th Upper Crust Food and Wine Show along with Mr Vivek Oberoi, Mr. Anu Malik and many other eminent personalities at the World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai. The Upper Crust Food Show which was organized for three days from 6th-8th December, 2013 is one of India’s most prominent Food Events.
ATTENDED THE ECONOMIC TIMES AWARDS FOR CORPORATE EXCELLENCE
On 7th December, 2013 Mr. Deora attended the Economic Times Awards for Corporate Excellence where Shri P. Chidambaram, Hon’ble Finance Minister won the Business Reformer award for the year 2013. Shri Chidambaram also happened to be the chief guest at the event which was attended by more than 300 eminent business leaders.
INAUGURATED SEVERAL PUBLIC UTILITY SERVICES
On 15th December, 2013, Mr. Deora inaugurated several public utility services in Mumbai. He commenced a community ambulance at Worli under his MPLADS (Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme). He later inaugurated community toilets for Prem Nagar slums where he highlighted the importance of good hygiene and sanitation to the residents. Finally, Mr. Deora also inaugurated a Balwadi at Markandeshwar Mandir which along with Mariamma Nagar which is in its vicinity are home to thousands of Tamils.
FLAGGING-OFF BOAT CRUISE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS,
On 27th November 2013, Mr.Deora flagged off a Boat Cruise for senior citizens at the Gateway of India in Mumbai. The programme was launched by the Ministry of Shipping with a view to boost Mumbai’s coastal tourism. Free sea cruises for senior citizens, educational tours for school students to the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) premises, creation of facilities at Elephanta and a plan for Gateway were announced as part of the corporate social responsibility initiatives of the JNPT. JNPT under its Corporate Social Responsibility scheme had financed the event. The JNPT, in partnership with the Government of Maharashtra also plans to undertake numerous measures to adorn the Elephanta Caves and the Elephanta Island which are located 10 kilometres off the Mumbai Coast in the Arabian Sea.
DIRECT MAYOR DIRECT ACCOUNTABILITY PETITION SIGNED AND HANDED OVER BY @UTHSPEAK TEAM
On 2nd December 2013, Mr. Deora participated in a live twitter chat directly answering questions posed to him by the citizens regarding the need for a directly elected mayor in Mumbai. These questions were submitted on twitter by several citizens on the @UthSpeak twitter handle. UthSpeak is an initiative begun by Mr. Deora to connect Indian youth and the decision makers of our nation. It is an apolitical platform where the youth can voice their opinions and make themselves heard on a particular topic every month.
On 7th December 2013, Mr. Deora along with @UthSpeak team met the honorable Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Prithviraj Chavan in order to handover the DMDA (Direct Mayor Direct Accountability) petition which was signed by more than 5000 Mumbaikars.The initiative of DMDA is Mr. Deora’s brainchild. He strongly feels that Mumbai is too large and complex a city whose administration cannot and should not remain dependent on the Maharashtra State Government and its ministers since they aren’t directly elected by the citizens of Mumbai. He firmly espouses the tenet of Devolution of Power and therefore believes that Mumbai ought to be governed by Mumbaikars who understand the intricacies of the city.He has urged all Mumbaikars to rise to the ocassion and write to their elected representatives across the political spectrum to provide impetus and momentum to this initiative.
REMEMBERING THE HEROES OF 26/11
Mr. Deora expressing his sentiments on the fifth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks said that it was not a day for sermons, hollow sympathies or platitudes but a time to remember the valour shown by our countrymen and to renew our determination to stay united and strong. Five years ago, 10 LeT terrorists had launched coordinated attacks across key locations in the country’s financial capital Mumbai, killing 166 people, including policeman, NSG commandos and some foreigners.
MEETING THE RESIDENTS OF CAMPA COLA COMPOUND
On 28th November 2013, Mr. Deora visited the Campa Cola compound to meet with the residents who face the predicament of demolition of their homes in May 2014 on the orders of the Hon’ble Supreme Court. Mr. Deora discussed the action plan for the future with the residents. He has been supporting the residents since the very beginning.
COCONUT BREAKING CEREMONY AT PIMPLESHWAR HOUSING SOCIETY
On 1st December 2013, Mr.Deora attended the coconut breaking ceremony at Pimpleshwar Housing Society on Jagannath Road in South Mumbai. The building along with 60 others was constructed using funds granted by the Government of India. These funds were sanctioned by Late Shri Rajiv Gandhi, Former Prime Minister of India. Mr.Deora also inaugurated the repair work of various other buildings. The Government of Maharashtra has allocated Rs. 125 Crores for the purpose of renovating the buildings.
FREE EYE CHECK-UP CAMP FOR UNDERPRIVILEGED
Mr. Deora on 1st December, 2013 organised a free eye check-up camp in Kalachowkie, Mumbai where 6452 spectacles were distributed and 279 cataract surgeries were scheduled for the underprivileged people. More than 80 such eye camps have been completed across the Mumbai with an average attendance of about 3000 people per camp where spectacles and medicines are distributed and cataract operations are undertaken free of cost.
MEETING REGARDING ACTION PLAN FOR PAPERLESS GOVERNMENT
Mr. Deora on 21st November 2013 met RTI activist Mr. Shailesh Gandhi to discuss an action plan for a paper less Government. Mr. Gandhi was the former Information Commissioner with the Central Information Commission, New Delhi. Mr Deora has in the past also extended support to Mr. Gandhi for issues concerning citizens interest and public revenue like the Crawford market, Mill Lands and leased lands.
MEETING WITH DIGNITARIES FROM AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION
Mr.Deora met a host of dignitaries at his office in New Delhi on 3rd December 2013. He met Mr. Barry O’Farrell, Hon’ble Premier of New South Wales, Australia. Mr.Deora discussed the possible spheres of bilateral cooperation with Mr. O’Farrell. He also met the Hon’ble High Commissioner of Australia to India Mr. Patrick Suckling and certain other distinguished delegates which included Mr. Chris Eccles, Mr. Nihal Gupta, Dr. Peta Seaton and Ms. Anna Garretson.
MEETING WITH PANAMA’S AMBASSADOR IN NEW DELHI
Mr. Deora on 3rd December 2013 along with officials from the Ministry of Shipping met Panama’s Ambassador Mr Julio de La Guardia in order to finalize a bilateral Maritime Cooperation Agreement between India and Panama. In the meeting both the parties discussed several important issues regarding cooperation between the two countries.
RELEASING OF A POSTAGE STAMP IN SACHIN TENDULKAR’S HONOUR
Mr. Deora on 14th November in the presence of Shri Kapil Sibal, Shri Sharad Pawar and Shri Rajeev Shukla released a special commemorative postal stamp in the honour of the cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium. This was the day when Sachin set out to play his 200th test which also happened to be his farewell game. The stamp featuring the icon’s portrait was released at the presentation before the start of the match.
The Department of Posts which falls under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in collaboration with Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) had decided to issue the stamp in Sachin’s honor. The Ministry made a rare exception as Master Blaster became the only second living person after Mother Teresa in whose honor a stamp was issued.
DIWALI SAMMELAN WITH METAL AND STAINLESS STEEL MERCHANTS
Mr. Deora on 9th November 2013 addressed Metal and Stainless Steel Merchants during their Diwali Sammelan. The Metal and Stainless Steel Merchant Association is located in South Mumbai and the merchants hail from Sanchor, Rajasthan.
MEETING REGARDING AFFORDABLE HOUSING WITH CM
Mr. Deora on 8th November 2013 led Mr. Datta Iswalkar, Secretary of Girni Kamgar Sangharsh Samiti, to meet Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan demanding for the affordable housing for mill workers. Mr. Chavan agreed to the requests of Sangharsh Samiti. Mr. Deora has been supporting the organisation, which is fighting for the rights of mill workers, for a long time now.
EPILEPSY DAY CELEBRATION
Mr. Deora on 17th November 2013 celebrated World Epilepsy Day with persons suffering from Epilepsy in Mumbai. In the presence of Shri Chhagan Bhujbal, he inaugurated the awareness programme which aims to reach out to the people and create awareness about the disorder. He also delivered an inspirational speech at the event, which was organised by the renowned Neurologist Dr. Nirmal Surya’s Epilepsy Foundation.
CELEBRATION OF 100TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF ACHARYA SHRI TULSI
Mr. Deora on 10th November, 2013 in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan attended Acharya Shri Tulsi’s 100th birth anniversary celebrations at Azad Maidan in Mumbai. An Ahimsa Rath Yatra is touring across the nation to spread awareness about the work done by him over the years.
VISIT TO JAIN TEMPLE ON KARTHIK POORNIMA
Mr. Deora on 17th November 2013 visited Moti Shah Jain Mandir in South Mumbai on the occasion of Kartik Poornima. The temple with more than 5000 artistic Jain images was built by Seth Moti Chand in the year 1829 and completed in the year 1836.
MEETING WITH TENANTS OF PALKHIWALA BUILDING
Mr. Deora on 17th November 2013 met the tenants of Palkhiwala Building on Mumbai Port Trust. The building which collapsed few years ago is newly repaired with the collective efforts of Mr.Deora and the tenants after they fought a long battle.
VISIT TO THE SITE OF FIRE IN AMBEDKAR NAGAR SLUMS
Mr. Deora on 21st November 2013 visited the site of a major fire in Ambedkar Nagar slums, Cuffe Parade to coordinate relief work. The Ambedkar Nagar slum is located near the Backbay Depot where a major blaze ripped through the depot in Cuffe Parade area of South Mumbai gutting several shanties.
Meeting with Residents of Campa Cola Compound
The persistent and unrelenting efforts of Mr. Milind Deora in support of the Campa Cola compound residents finally bore fruit on 13th November, 2013 when the Hon’ble Supreme Court took suo moto cognizance of the issue and stayed the demolition proceedings which were being undertaken by the Bombay Municipal Corporation (BMC) at the compound in Worli, Mumbai. Mr. Deora has been supporting the residents since earlier this year. He facilitated a series of meetings with the Campa Cola residents and the Chief Minister Mr. Prithviraj Chavan where Mr. Deora requested the CM to adopt a sympathetic attitude towards the hapless residents. Mr. Deora also arranged for a meeting between some residents and the Congress Vice-President Mr. Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. Mr. Gandhi spoke with Mr. Chavan as well but the final Supreme Court order prevented quick action on the ground in support of the people. Eventually, in a desperate bid to save the Camp Cola residents from the imminent demolition squad Mr. Deora wrote to Mr. Fali Nariman, Senior Counsel, Supreme Court of India, Mr.Darius Khambata, Advocate General, Maharashtra, Mr.Kapil Sibal, Minister of Communications & IT and Law Minister of India and last but not the least to Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, Hon’ble President All India Congress Committee, after taking the Congress vice-president into confidence.
In this letter, Mr. Deora pointed out that the CM needed to explore all legal options available much faster if a favorable outcome for the beleaguered residents was to be hoped for before the 11th of November 2013. He also made his stand on the issue and the predicament of the people known through social media in an attempt to galvanize support for them.
In the meanwhile before Mrs Gandhi could take a decision, Mr. Chavan who is in charge of the urban development department gave permission to the BMC commissioner Mr. Sitaram Kunte to seek police protection and start the demolition of illegal floors after cutting off water and electricity connections. Mr. Deora’s initiative to seek Sonia Gandhi’s intervention proved to be a game-changer after a traumatic day for the residents and supporters who actually had to put up a physical fight to resist the team that arrived at their doorstep to initiate demolition proceedings. Some even courted arrest. The dramatic Supreme Court stay order on the 2nd day was greeted emotionally with tears and relief by the residents who expressed their gratitude to Mr. Deora and others who had supported them in their long weary battle against injustice to save their homes. Mr. Deora has pledged continued support to the Campa Cola residents’s till a permanent solution to their problem is found. Within a matter of a few days the cheer has given way to gloom with the Supreme Court having ordered the demolition in May 2014. Mr deora has maintained right through the high drama that till the builders and the officers in the BMC responsible for this situation are not punished the matter cannot rest.
Interaction with Residents of Tarwadi and Byculla
Mr. Deora met with residents of Byculla and Love Lane on the auspicious occasion of Kartik Poornima on November 17th. Local Municipal Councillors, Seniors officers from RTO and Mahanagar Gas were also invited to address the citizens’ grievances regarding Traffic, illegal parking of taxis and Gas Pipeline issues. The respective officers were then requested to interact with residents to resolve their issues at the earliest. Mr. Deora also discussed the potential hazards of Cell Tower Radiation to raise awareness of this issue in a responsible fashion.
Free Eye Check-up Camp for Underprivileged
Mr. Deora on 17th October, 2013 organised a free eye check-up camp in Madanpura, Mumbai where 6770 spectacles were distributed and 187 cataract surgeries were scheduled for the underprivileged people. More than 80 such eye camps have been completed across the Mumbai with an average attendance of about 3000 people per camp where spectacles and medicines are distributed and cataract operations are undertaken free of cost.
Inauguration of the ‘Burn the Mosquito’ Campaign
Mr. Deora on 29th October, 2013 inaugurated a ‘Burn the Mosquito’ campaign for the awareness and prevention of dengue and malaria which was organised by the Mumbai Regional Congress Committee (MRCC) Spokesperson Vinod Shekhar. The event took place at CPRA Bay View Marine in Cuffe Parade and the chief guest for the event was MLA Annie Shekhar. He expressed admiration for street play actors and volunteers who are touring Mumbai’s slums and buildings for spreading the awareness. An effigy of the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito which can spread dengue fever and other vector borne diseases, was burnt.
Diwali Celebrations with Senior Citizens
Mr. Deora on 30th October 2013 celebrated Diwali with the senior citizens at Nana Nani Park, Girgaum Chowpatty. He specially thanked Mr. Shyam Singhania, founder trustee of Nana Nani Foundation, public charity trust for endeavoring to improve the “quality of life” of Senior Citizens, and for organising the event.
Mars Orbiter Mission
Mr. Deora on 5th November 2013 congratulated I.S.R.O. for the successful launch of Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan. Praising the scientists at I.S.R.O. for completing the indigenous mission in record 15 months and at a comparatively cheaper costs, which will make India the first Asian and fourth country in the world to reach Mars, he called it a ‘proud day’ for India.
South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challenger
Bollywood celebrity Salman Khan commemorated the 5th South Mumbai-Milind Deora Junior Soccer Challenger at the Western Railway ground in Lower Parel on 18th October, 2013. The challenger, inducted in 2009, was organized in association with English football club Queens Park Rangers (QPR) and is the brainchild of South Mumbai MP Milind Deora, himself an avid soccer enthusiast. Along with Milind Deora and Aditya Mittal, son of QPR owner Lakshmi Mittal, Salman Khan kick started the knockout phase of this Championship of the 5thedition and also commemorated the 5th edition of the event.
This year, in its fifth consecutive edition, it witnessed over 5000 children participating from 137 schools, including municipal and government aided ones, making it India’s largest and longest running community football tournament. Participation has been increasing over the years, progressively and inclusively, with even municipal schoolchildren and schoolgirls showing great interest.
The Challenger will also serve as a annual talent hunt as 30 talented youngsters will be shortlisted for a coaching clinic or camp (both are fine) that will be conducted exclusively by the Queens Park Rangers (QPR) coaching teams from UK who shall be coming down in the month of December 2013. Like each year from this training camp, the two most talented youngsters will then be selected for a three week long training stint at the Queens Park Rangers in-house academy in London. QPR’s head of community program, Mr. Andy Evans appreciated the success of their four-year long association with the Soccer Challenger and even said, “I am sure we would find some serious talent here who might play for India or even in the English Leagues.” As yet in the past four years as many as seven children have participated in these coaching programmes at the QPR Youth Academy in London.
As a consequence of the 2012 soccer challenger, five South Mumbai boys (Children selected in years 2010-2011-2012) had gone to London in April-May 2013 for a rigorous program of three weeks. They received thorough and intensive coaching from the QPR coaches and also had the opportunity to meet renowned football and managers and players, including David Beckham. The boys, Rudolf D’Souza, Arfat Ansari, Tanaay Shah, Uzair Ansari, and Praful Kumar, were able to gain greatly from the experience, which has given them new skills and techniques as well as fresh perspectives and insights.
This tournament is organized by Milind Deora Initiative and English Football Club Queens Park Rangers (QPR), in association with Aditya Birla Nuvo and Omkar Realtors and Developers, and is managed by Saran Sports. It serves to support and encourage the discovery and demonstration of soccer talent in Mumbai. Milind Deora also hopes that this initiative will provide the necessary infrastructure for football enthusiasts and help coaches identify talent for the growth and development of this sport in India.
Mumbai to Get India’s First Lighthouse Tourist Destination
On an official visit to the Kanhoji Angre lighthouse, just off the coast of Mumbai, the well travelled Minister could not help but notice that the lighthouse and the sea looked stunning and could be exploited for tourism. Mr Deora immediately set into motion the process of realizing the untapped potential of several lighthouse sites in the country. The Ministry of Tourism has finally given its consent to the Ministry of Shipping and out of the total 15 lighthouses identified for this purpose work has begun on developing three lighthouses into tourist destinations — Kanhoji Angre in Mumbai, the Dolphin’s Nose in Vishakhapatnam and Mahabalipuram lighthouse about 40 kms south of Chennai.
The unique Kanhoji Angre Lighthouse which is a historical island with a fort built around it will be the first to be completed. Situated nine nautical miles from the Gateway of India it will be open to tourists by next August. Dr. Chiranjeevi and Mr. Deora unveiled plans to convert Kanhoji Angre Lighthouse into India’s first lighthouse tourist destination recently in Mumbai which will soon have a new spot to visit and enjoy.
Visit to the Building Collapse Site
On the 27th of September, 2013 Mr Deora visited the building collapse site in Mazagaon area in Mumbai and reviewed the rescue work to free those trapped. The collapse of the building, maintained by Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, killed 61 and injured 32. He condemned the BMC’s administrative negligence and called for booking of errant officials.
Milind Deora Open to Reducing Cell Tower Radiation
Mr. Deora recently told the press that he was open to reducing cell tower radiation norms in the city even further despite having adopted the international EMF norms on radiation in 2008 and having lowered these to one-tenth of the same in September 2012 with all licenses amended accordingly. Earlier DoT also issued broad advisory guidelines for State Governments on the ‘Issue of Clearance’ for the installation of mobile towers effective from 01.08.2013.
Based on the recommendations of a committee constituted by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB) has invited R & D Proposals in June, 2013 on the possible impact of EMF Radiation exposure from Mobile Towers and Handsets on life and related activities including the environment. The proposals received are being examined by SERB. In addition to this, in compliance with the Hon’ble Allahabad High Court order, a Committee comprising experts from IITs, IITR, ICMR, SERB and AIIMS has also been constituted in August 2013 to submit a report so that the Government of India may take necessary precautions while granting permission to establish mobile towers and while regulating the sales of mobile phones.
Demolition at Campa Cola Compound in Mumbai Stayed – Further Quest for Amicable Solution
Mr. Deora’s efforts paid off when the Supreme Court granted a four week extension to the 140 families who had been asked to vacate the Campa Cola housing society. Mr.Deora and local MLA & Maharashtra’s Housing Minister Sachin Ahir visited the residents of Campa Cola Compound on 16th October 2013, discussing a possible Ordinance to save Campa Cola Compound. He now intends to try and convince the state Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to get an ordinance for the Campa Cola residents and resolve the matter within the legal framework. Mr Deora said that the Campa Cola’s woes differ from other cases because the builder and municipality have colluded to misrepresent facts to buyers and hence the state should intervene.
Extolling Efforts in Surviving Phailin Cyclone
India breathed a sigh of relief as its worst cyclone in more than a decade hit Orissa’s eastern coastal towns at speeds of more than 125 miles per hour, similar to the strength of the 1999 super storm which killed more than 10,000 in the state. Phailin caused widespread damage but moved inland without claiming the high human toll many had feared. Praising the rescue and disaster management endeavour Mr. Deora said that “On this Dusshera day while we celebrate, let’s also laud the superhuman efforts of all that helped us survive the wrath of Cyclone Phailin.”
Ordinance on Convicted Lawmakers Withdrawn
Mr. Deora praised Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, for showing immense strength by absorbing differing opinions and acting wisely on the ordinance on convicted lawmakers. He was also grateful to the Cabinet for their decision on the withdrawal of the same as he earlier opined that allowing convicted MPs/MLAs to retain seats in the midst of an appeal can endanger already eroding public faith in democracy.
Youth Parliament 2013
Youth Parliament was held on 23rd September 2013 for the second consecutive year and saw the participation of over hundred students from across 20 Mumbai colleges. The students participated in mock parliamentary proceedings held at the BSE Ltd Convention Hall where Mr. Sachin Pilot, Minister of State of Corporate Affairs was the chief guest. Mr. Deora, in his opening address, said, ‘I hope it will encourage more youngsters in our country to watch the Parliament’s proceedings live, hold us legislators more accountable for our in-house conduct and eventually, help them shed their cynicism associated with politics.’
Keeping in line with the objectives of this initiative, the Youth Parliament 2013 agenda was based on a typical day in the Lok Sabha. Short Duration Discussions were held as were points raised in the Zero Hour. Two Legislative Bills were raised and debated by the Members of the House who managed to exhibit a commendable level of research and understanding of the selected topics. One Bill was passed with a clinching voice vote while the other wasn’t quite able to pass muster despite a passionate attempt to do so. Several Private Members Bills were also raised and voted upon. Various pertinent issues such as Direct Benefit Transfers, the Juvenile Justice Act, mobile tower radiation, the re-organization of Telangana state, FDI in retail, Uniform Civil Code, the fiscal deficit and the NRHM were selected by the young Parliamentarians and discussed in detail.
The initiative was successful in attaining its objective of providing the future leaders of the country with an opportunity to delve into the legislative arena and gain knowledge of political discourse and etiquette while engaging deeply with the process and system of governance. Fifty winners will now actually be selected to go to Delhi and witness a day in Parliament during the winter Session, another popular initiative of Mr Deora’s that will mark the South Mumbai calendar for the fifth time this year!
Nomination of Victorian Gothic Buildings
Mr. Deora wrote to the to the Union Cabinet Minister for Culture Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch on 13th September 2013, requesting her to forward the nomination of Victorian Gothic and Art Deco buildings of Mumbai to UNESCO, as a world heritage site for the forthcoming nomination cycle of 2014. Mr. Deora wrote about Mumbai having a remarkable collection of 19th century Victorian Gothic buildings. He also wrote that the two architectural styles of 19th and 20th century face each other in a unique architectural dialogue, which is singular to Mumbai and unparalleled in the world, making it a worthy candidate for selection in the UNESCO World Heritage List, under criterion (II) and (IV).
Meeting with Holland’s Ambassador to India
Mr. Deora met with the ambassador of Holland Mr. Alphonsus Stoelinga in Delhi, on 16th September 2013. Both sides decided to work collaboratively to find ways to improve utilization of India’s National Waterways for cargo transportation. Currently, India has five National Waterways with a sixth to be completed by 2018-2019.
Student Interaction at Lala Lajpatrai Institute for Management
Mr. Deora had an interactive session with students of LLIM on 17th September 2013. At the event Mr. Deora said that cynicism amongst the youth has become an excuse for ignorance and that most youngsters are critical of the current political system, preferring to blame the system from outside rather than wanting to be a part of change from within. He cautioned that such disengagement would only result in India not progressing rapidly irrespective of the level of education or accomplishment. He advised students to move on from personal disenchantment and towards optimism and urged those who want to make a difference to actually engage with the system, pointing out that it was as much their duty and responsibility to bring change into the country as it was that of the political class.
Celebrating the Ganpati Festival
Mr. Deora present along with the crowds that had gathered at Chowpatty for the Ganpati celebrations on 18th September 2013 congratulated every policeman in Mumbai for working overtime and keeping the city safe during the festival. He also advocated using more eco-friendly Ganeshas, which he believes would have been supported by Lokmanya Tilak, the man behind the Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav.
Letters to the Prime Minister and Finance Minister
Mr. Deora in a letter dated 25th September 2013 wrote to the Hon’ble Finance Minister Mr. P. Chidambram regarding the need for a quick resolution to the financial crisis in the commodities spot exchange market. A large portion of the 15000 people who lost money in the National Spot Exchange crisis belongs to Mr. Deora’s South Mumbai Constituency. In his letter he thanked the Finance Minister for constituting two committees to look into the matter and also urged the Minister to act upon their recommendations in order to recover the money from the 25 people who were party to the crisis. This was a second letter that Mr. Deora had written on the need for action on the NSEL crisis, the first being to the Hon’ble Prime Minister Mr. Manmohan Singh on 16th August 2013.
Milind Deora Proposes a Directly Elected Mayor for Mumbai
In light of the recent and regrettable incident of a gang rape in Mumbai, Mr. Deora expressed the need for a directly elected mayor for greater accountability and efficiency in the city with a single person in control of the administration. He said, “Like you, I’m pained to see this city decay. Like you, I want better governance. All the MPs, MLAs & Municipal Councillors elected from Mumbai are capable people but are hostage to an inefficient governance model. There’s no ONE person in charge of Mumbai …Mumbai is too large and complex a city whose administration cannot be dependent on the Maharashtra State Government and its Ministers who are not elected directly from Mumbai. Mumbai needs to be run by Mumbaikars who understand the intricacies of governing this large metropolis. Devolution of power is therefore the answer. A directly elected Mayor will be accountable to Mumbai’s voters, with the power to coordinate governance across departments and agencies within the State government…The directly elected mayor may seek powers from the urban development, home, housing departments for better coordination. Devolution of power like New York, is the answer to our problems.”
This model of governance will hopefully provide Mumbai with the coordination and transparency that is needed to ensure its growth and development as the ‘maximum city’. Mr. Deora urges all Mumbaikars to write to their elected representatives, across all political parties, to provide impetus to this idea.
Lok Sabha Passes the Historic Food Security Bill
Mr. Deora expressed his happiness on the passing of the Food Security Bill on 26th August 2013 and attributed it to our democracy where EVERY person counts. Praising it, he said, “The Food Security Bill legally binds the state towards ensuring that NO Indian goes hungry or malnourished. Why should anyone oppose it?” The bill aims to provide subsidized food grains to around 67 percent of India’s 1.2 billion people.
India’s Newer Mobile Handset Norms
The DoT, a part of the Ministry of Communications and IT of which Mr. Deora is the Minister of State, has laid down new rules to be followed by mobile phone manufacturers from 1st September 2013 onwards. As per the new rules, the radiation emitted from a mobile phone should not be more than 1.6 watts per six minutes of usage. All companies will have to strictly abide by the new rules. These norms were developed due to concerns raised over the health hazards posed by mobile radiation.
Free Medical Camp for Needy South Mumbai Residents
On 1st September 2013, Mr. Milind Deora organized a free medical camp in the Worli Municipal School. He expressed his gratitude to Dr. Pandit and his team from Gurukrupa Hospital for all their help. A mobile x-ray lab was set up in a classroom and interestingly pathology tests were performed on mobile phones!
RTI (Amendment) Bill 2013
The RTI Act has been a powerful tool for fighting corruption. Mr. Deora feels that it would be undemocratic to amend it without hearing the concerns of citizens. The amendment to the RTI Act 2005, which proposes that political parties be excluded from the ambit of the Act, was deferred due to lack of consensus in the parliament. A general impression has been created that the proposed Amendment Bill will dilute certain provisions of Act of 2005. Mr. Deora, an advocator for more transparency and greater accountability in governance, believes that the move to refer the Bill to a Parliamentary Standing Committee is an appropriate one.
Review of the New Mangalore Port Trust, Karnataka
Mr Deora on 9th September 2013 arrived at Mangalore to review the operations of the New Mangalore Port Trust, Karnataka’s only Major Port. When Indira Gandhi inaugurated NMPT in 1975, it handled less than 1 lakh tonnes of cargo annually. Today, it handles over 37 million tonnes annually. NMPT imports crude oil and coal for nearby refineries and power plants and it also exports petroleum products. NMPT is India’s largest LPG port and highest coffee exporting port. Additionally, it receives around 10,000 tourists from cruise ships a year. Mr Deora and his wife Pooja Shetty Deora, who is a native of Mangalore, also celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi with the NMPT Dock Laborers.
Removal of Illegal Towers in Mumbai
Mr. Milind Deora, Minister of State for Communications and IT, has requested the Municipal Commissioner Mr. Sitaram Kunte to reconsider the BMC policy in order to incorporate the Department of Telecommunication’s revised norms. BMC recently drafted a policy to regulate cell towers in Mumbai amidst increasing concerns about the consequences of Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) radiation and illegitimate constructions. However, this policy has been criticized for failing to incorporate the DoT’s revised guidelines for the same.
The BMC’s policy diverges from the DoT’s recommendations in numerous ways, the principal discrepancy being that the DoT prescribes obtainment of no-objection certificates from housing societies each year at the time of renewal of site contract for mobile towers whereas the BMC prescribes a one-time clearance. There is also a lack of uniformity regarding setting of EMF limits, which are fixed indiscriminately. Mr. Deora also expressed regret that the BMC’s policy provides limited scope for regulation of illegal towers in Mumbai and said, “All illegal towers should be pulled down immediately. The BMC must seriously take into consideration safety and health issues concerning its citizens.”
India’s First Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Launched
Cochin Shipyards Limited, which is a part of the Ministry of Shipping, proudly launched India’s first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (P-71) INS Vikrant on 12th August 2013. 90% of the bodywork of the carrier has been designed and made in India. This carrier, which has been made for the navy, is expected to begin extensive sea trials in 2016.
INS Sindhurakshak Intervention
INS Sindhurakshak, the recently overhauled submarine that was designed to patrol and to protect naval communications, assault warships and perform naval reconnaissance, sank at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai after two blasts ripped through its hull on 13th August 2013. Mr Milind Deora directed the nearby Mumbai Port Trust to help with firefighting, medical facilities and tugs to assist the Indian Navy in its rescue operations.
Hindi Advisory Committee (Department of Telecommunications)
Inauguration of the renovated Worli-Naka Post Office
Mr. Milind Deora on 16th August 2013 inaugurated Worli Naka’s renovated post office with Sachin Ahir, local MLA and Maharashtra’s CPMG. This lokarpan ceremony of the post office is an outcome of the ongoing programme of the government called “Project Arrow” which entails comprehensive improvement of the core operations of the Post Offices across the country.
Free Medical Camp for Senior Citizens Inaugurated
Mr. Milind Deora on 18th August 2013 inaugurated a free medical camp for the needy residents of South Mumbai. The camp was organized primarily for the senior citizens of the constituency in collaboration with the Seven Hills Hospital.
Jan Sampark Abhiyan
Mr Milind Deora on 18th August 2013, after the medical camp inauguration, met with several residents as a part of his Jan Sampark Abhiyan. The program led to a discussion with some of the locals regarding resolution of local issues.
Review of DoT Guidelines and Efforts
Mr. Milind Deora, on 19th August 2013, reviewed the Department of Telecommunications’ efforts to provide telecom services to rural India. While the Department’s efforts and resolve have been praiseworthy Mr. Deora believes that there is still a lot more to be done. One of the key priorities of the DoT is to develop a state-of-the-art and secure telecommunication network, which would provide seamless coverage with a special focus on rural and remote areas. This will not only bridge the digital divide but also expedite socio-economic development.
Meeting with Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister to Discuss Bilateral Relations
Mr. Milind Deora on 20th August 2013 met Nicaragua’s Foreign Minister Samuel Santos Lopez in Delhi. India and Nicaragua enjoy warm and friendly relations and are planning to enhance bilateral cooperation in the maritime sector. The bilateral trade between the two countries for the year 2012-13 was US$ 60.12 million.
Making Mumbai a Safe City for Women
Mr. Milind Deora called Mumbai’s Police Commissioner to demand a speedy trial and the harshest punishment for the recent gang rape that occurred in the Shakti Mills Compound in Mumbai on 22nd August 2013. An advocator for the safety of women in the country Mr. Deora wants the Mumbai Police to get to the bottom of the case and mete out punishment to the guilty as soon as possible so that Mumbai, which takes pride in being a safe city for women, can continue to do so.
The Ministry of Shipping Announces New Tariff Guidelines
Mr. Milind Deora, Minister of State for Shipping, announced new guidelines for the determination of tariff for major port projects in the country on 31st July 2013. The new simplified guidelines are expected to pave the way for increased investment flows into the port sector. Mr. Deora has expressed his hope that these guidelines will not only improve port capacity but also port efficiency.
The Ministry of Shipping, along with stakeholders, felt that the existing Tariff Authority for Major Ports’ regulations were detrimental to the growth of the sector. Besides providing for tariffs to be indexed to inflation, the guidelines also set out performance standards to ensure improved quality of service.
Inauguration of National Sports Club of India Stadium
Mr. Milind Deora inaugurated the National Sports Club of India’s indoor stadium at Worli on 3rd August 2013. He would like to extend his warmest congratulations to all NSCI members for an outstanding job.
Felicitation by the Bombay Municipal Corporation’s Conservancy Staff
Congratulating Safai Kamgar Families
Interacting with the Resident Associations of Sewri and Mazagaon
South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challenger Documentary
Mr. Milind Deora is very proud to announce that his annual football initiative for needy Mumbai children is now featuring prominently in an internationally acclaimed documentary called- Sleeping Giant: An Indian Football Story. The documentary details one of Mr. Deora’s initiatives: the South Mumbai Junior Soccer Challenger, which aims to promote a relatively lesser-known sport among the under privileged sections of society.
Mr. Milind Deora Addresses Students at Kishinchand Chellaram College
Mr. Milind Deora met the young, bright students of K.C. College on the 11th of July 2013 on their campus. The discussion was a freewheeling one touching upon various topics like the RTI, the Central Monitoring System, Section 66A of the IT Act and the Government’s new Direct Cash Transfer Scheme. Various other youth-centric initiatives were discussed like the Youth Parliament occurring on September 21, 2013. This year the event will include over a 100 students. Mr. Deora urged the students to participate more in the system and to exercise their right to make their elected representatives more accountable.
Reviewing Tamil Nadu Ports and a Nokia Factory
Mr. Milind Deora travelled to Tamil Nadu on 8th July 2013 to review operations at Chennai, Ennore and V.O. Chidambaranar Ports. Whilst in Tamil Nadu, Mr. Deora also made sure to visit the Nokia factory in Sriperumbudur, which employs 9000 people (55% women) and produces 100 million handsets annually. In Sriperumbudur, he also paid tribute to the memorial of Shri Rajiv Gandhi.
Meeting with Business Software Alliance on Cloud Computing
Meeting with Australia’s High Commissioner to India
Addressing students at Kishinchand Chellaram Law College
Mr. Milind Deora engaged in a vibrant discussion with young, bright K.C. Law College students on 19th July 2013 in South Mumbai. At the event, Mr. Deora spoke about the upcoming edition of the Youth Parliament, occurring on September 21, 2013, and also held a discussion on current issues such as: the midday meal tragedy, acid attacks, marital rape and the ban of mobiles in college campuses amongst others.
Interacting with Colaba Resident Associations
Mr. Milind Deora discussed wide-ranging local and national issues at an interactive town hall meeting with eleven Resident Associations from the Colaba area on 14th July 2013. Water Conservation and Radiation from Cell phone Towers were discussed amongst other issues raised by citizens.
Distributing Tulsi Saplings at Worli Seaface