New Delhi: Deputy Chief Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said he is committed to creating state-of-the-art infrastructure in government schools and will not step back even if he is sent to jail. His remarks come in the wake of allegations by BJP’s Delhi unit chief Manoj Tiwari, who claimed that there was a Rs 2,000-crore “scam” in the construction of classrooms in Delhi government schools. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us Citing a RTI reply, Tiwari had on Monday claimed that the AAP government constructed 12,782 classrooms at a cost of Rs 2,892 crore and this could have been done by spending just Rs 800 crore. At an inspection of a government school in Mandawali in East Delhi, Sisodia, who also handles the education portfolio, said the BJP’s Delhi unit was making “unfounded allegations” of corruption against the AAP government. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us He explained that Rs 2,892 crore included the cost of constructing of state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs, laboratories, staircases, music rooms, libraries, corridors, playgrounds, swimming pools, toilets, water and electricity supply systems, waste water treatment systems among others. “The BJP doesn’t want that the kids of the poor people, who have migrated to the national capital from states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in search of livelihood, to get quality education… due to the fear that these students will start questioning them on the state of education in these states,” he said. Advertise With Us He said he was happy that his government was creating modern infrastructure to provide quality education to the children and the results prove it. “Delhi has a pass percentage of 95 per cent, no other state boasts of such an achievement. “We will spend Rs 25 lakh per room if that fulfils our objective of providing quality education to poor students. I am committed to it… even if somebody wants to send me to jail, I am not going to step back,” he said. He also claimed that “the Standing Committee of the BJP-ruled South Delhi Municipal Corporation recently came out with a proposal to construct 43 rooms in a school at a cost of Rs 10.73 crore, which means Rs 24.95 lakh per room”. “And, this estimate doesn’t include the cost of furniture, electricity fittings, water harvesting systems, sewage treatment plant, corridors, lab equipment etc. This means it is not the AAP but the BJP which is indulging in corruption,” he claimed. During the inspection, Ishika, a Class 12 student, had earlier said, girl students would bring mats to sit as there were no chairs and desks but “all of that has changed now”. A teacher said the staff would un-install fans and tubelights before summer vacations and re-install the after the classes reassembled. “We have got a boundary wall now and as a result, incidents of theft have come down. We would bring water bottles from home as there was no clean drinking water in schools. Now, we have revers osmosis systems installed on every floor,” she said.
PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST Your business is often as strong as your team and its ability to work together. Technology, while designed to make our professional lives easier, often ends up driving us apart when they various tools and platforms that we use aren’t interconnected. Enter Hive, the platform that prevents fragmentation by providing a one stop hub that integrates over 100 tools such Dropbox, Slack, Salesforce, and WordPress. Already counting major companies like Nike, PWC and HBO as clients, this NYC startup is making digital teamwork seamless and efficient.AlleyWatch spoke with CEO John Furneaux about the company and how it plans to grow.Tell us about the product or service.Digital teamwork is still too hard. Hive’s teamwork platform is easy. It concentrates messaging, task management, and files onto one dashboard. Slack teams especially love it, and Hive integrates with over 100 others. Hive is basically a tailored hub for teamwork.How is it different?Most tools only cover one area of collaboration—chat, planning, files—and force you to invest in a whole productivity stack. Hive pulls everything into one place.Manage your to-do list. Check on project progress. Chat with colleagues. Get updates from CRM. All. In. One. Place.It streamlines your workday. It makes it easier to drive projects forward. It’s also deadly easy to use, with lots of flexibility (kanban boards, calendar, lists) and integration optionality.What market are you attacking and how big is it?Hive is all about enterprise collaboration. It’s about a $27B space projected to grow to about $50B by 2021. Gartner says that 50 percent of business coordination will occur via collaboration tools in 2018.That makes it the fastest growing B2B software segment. Just look at the recent acquisition of Trello for $425 million and Asana’s Series C financing round of $50M at a $600M+ valuation.What is the business model?Teams get full access for $12 per user per month, after a 14-day free trial. We negotiate pricing for customers with over 100 team members and unique requirements.John FurneauxWhat inspired the business?My whole career has been about helping teams improve collaboration. First, I implemented Sharepoint as a consultant at Capgemini. Then I became global head of customer success at huddle.com. All the while, I never saw tools that met the integrated platform needs of teams, with a consumer product experience. So I left Huddle to make that tool with my co-founder Eric Typaldos who’d previously worked on platform architecture for enterprise collaboration at Oracle and on MAX.gov at the White House. We launched out of the 2015 fall class of AngelPad.What are some interesting uses of your platform?A wide variety of teams use Hive. Some favorites include investigation of fish stocks in Michigan by USGS and “Blade” legend Wesley Snipes for his upcoming projects.What are the milestones that you plan to achieve within six months?Six customers with > 500 Hive users. We are also preparing for our first 1000-seat deal.What is the one piece of startup advice that you never got?Not surprisingly, no one in San Francisco advised me to move to New York City to start my company. However, it was immediately clear that New York is the best place for Hive to grow. The sales opportunities and the growing tech community have been huge assets.If you could be put in touch with anyone in the New York community who would it be and why?Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin of theSkimm. My friends rave about theSkimm. I think any startup can learn a lot from their excellence and concise narrative.Why did you launch in New York?In a word, diversity. In every sense of the word. In New York, everyone and everything is represented. From advertising to fashion to finance, everywhere you go, you can interact with people from every profession and background. This produces a healthy cross-pollination of ideas, and it fights blinding groupthink.New York also has a broader prospective customer base. At Huddle, in San Francisco, most of our customers were a plane ride away. Meanwhile, Huddle’s New York salespeople could do as many as four in-person customer meetings a day. Did you know that 48 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in New York City? Only five are in San Francisco.What’s your favorite restaurant in the city?Ruffian Chef’s Table in the East Village. Intimate, run with passion, and goddamn delicious. This NYC Startup Instantly Solves Collaboration IssuesApril 14, 2017 by AlleyWatch 283SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Filed Under: #NYCTech, AlleyTalk, Interviews, Launching in the Alley, Startups