Alok K N Mishra

Alok K N Mishra is a journalist with the Hindustan Times, New Delhi. He writes on governance, policy and politics. He is an ardent follower of politics and is fascinated about making politics work better for the middle-class and the poor. He loves to discuss and predict the national political behaviour. Before shifting to Delhi, he covered political instability, governance, and misgovernance besides Maoists insurgency in Jharkhand for almost half a decade. He started out in 2010 as a city reporter with Times of India, Patna.

Articles by Alok K N Mishra

Kejriwal orders CAG audit of DJB accounts since 2008

Besides the tenure of the Aam Aadmi Party government since 2015, the audit will also cover the duration when Delhi was governed by the Congress

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal ordered the audit after allegations of irregularities by Bharatiya Janata Party leaders. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Dec 07, 2023 06:04 AM IST

Delhi minister wades into politics over civil volunteers

The Delhi government and lieutenant governor are engaged in a credit war over the hiring of civil defence volunteers as Home Guards. The transport minister stated that the volunteers will not lose their jobs, while officials in the lieutenant governor's office said the minister's claims were baseless. The back-and-forth began after the government announced the hiring on Friday.

Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot addresses a press conference in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Oct 28, 2023 10:04 PM IST

Liquor supply improves in Delhi some brands still unavailable

After a two-week gap, the supply of liquor in Delhi has improved just in time for pre-Diwali celebrations. Around 910 out of 930 hotels, clubs, and restaurants in the city have renewed their licenses, and 110 wholesalers have received fresh licenses. Some premium brands are still missing due to ongoing probe in the previous excise policy.

At the heart of the lack of availability of several liquor brands is the expiry of the 2020-21 excise policy on September 30. (HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 25, 2023 05:52 AM IST

Delhi EV policy 2.0 may incentivise retrofit

Delhi's EV policy 2.0 to be finalized in a month, aims to encourage adoption of electric vehicles.

The EV charging plaza at Chemsford Club parking, on Rafi Marg. Delhi Transport minister Kailash Gahlot said that Delhi EV policy 2.0 is likely to be finalised in a month. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 24, 2023 12:18 AM IST

Delhi govt extends EV policy till December 31

Launched on October 22, 2020, the Delhi Electric Vehicle Policy was aimed at fighting high levels of air pollution

Between August 2020 and June 2023, a total of 129,000 EVs were purchased in the capital. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 22, 2023 05:20 AM IST

Cong to hold rally in Delhi’s Tilak Nagar

Congress will hold a public rally in Tilak Nagar, Delhi, in an attempt to regain lost political ground. The area was hit by violence during the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Delhi Congress chief Arvinder Singh Lovely said the event will be held at Tilak Nagar Chowk. (HT Archive)
Updated on Oct 21, 2023 10:37 PM IST

Why this arrest hurts: What Sanjay Singh means to AAP

After the arrest of Manish Sisodia, Singh was playing a larger role in AAP and was working with Kejriwal in the formation of INDIA bloc, said a party leader

AAP workers on Thursday at a protest, a day after the arrest of the party’s Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh. (Raj K Raj/HT photo)
Published on Oct 06, 2023 03:29 PM IST

Sanjay’s Singh arrest in Delhi excise policy case sparks political firestorm

Delhi chief minister and AAP’s national convener Arvind Kejriwal said Singh’s arrest was “illegal” and reflected Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “nervousness”

AAP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh is taken away by the Enforcement Directorate at his North Avenue residence in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Vipin Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 05, 2023 05:00 AM IST

NCCSA clears posting of 8 officials in Capital

The officials said that the departments assigned to these officers will be known only after the final notification by the office of the lieutenant governor.

The Delhi government and the Centre have been embroiled in a tussle over the control of bureaucrats in the Capital. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 03:50 AM IST

HT Interview: All agencies - state, Centre, MCD have worked on G20, says Atishi

In an interview with HT, the senior Delhi minister said that the government has no problem if LG VK Saxena was leading the efforts in some areas

Senior Delhi minister Atishi spoke about the state government’s preparations for the G20 summit. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 03, 2023 02:07 AM IST

Delhi’s homeless shifted to govt shelters ahead of G20 Summit

Officials said the drive is to ensure that the homeless stay in shelters while foreign delegates visit the national capital during the Summit.

DUSIB officials said that around 1,856 homeless people have been shifted to shelters so far this year. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 01:50 AM IST

Atishi says chief secretary refused to follow govt order

Chief secretary Naresh Kumar refused to follow orders pertaining to the implementation of a coordination mechanism to hold NCCSA meetings, she said

Atishi holds both services and vigilance portfolios in the Delhi government. (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2023 11:19 PM IST

Kejriwal pitches Delhi model for nation, slams Centre on Manipur

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that India cannot become a global leader until every citizen has access to 24x7 electricity supply, quality education, and healthcare. Kejriwal criticized the central government for failing to provide these basic amenities and attacked a new law that gives the Union government control over Delhi's administration. He also spoke about the need to address power cuts, improve education, and provide free healthcare to all citizens. Kejriwal's speech focused on his government's flagship programs and his vision for the country's development.

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Updated on Aug 15, 2023 10:47 PM IST

Kejriwal defers NCCSA meet, official flags 5th postponement

The National Capital Civil Services Authority’s member secretary responded by proposing to the meeting without the Delhi chief minister’s participation

The chief minister is the chairperson of the three-member body constituted to oversee transfers and postings of bureaucrats in Delhi under an ordinance promulgated by the Union government on May 19 to negate a May 11 Supreme Court order that gave the authority over officers to Delhi’s elected government. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 28, 2023 11:17 PM IST

Yamuna flood threat looms over national capital again

An update by the Upper Yamuna Division of Central Water Commission said that it is expected for the river to breach 206m by 6pm on Sunday.

A photo released by the Army shows its personnel conducting a flood relief and rescue operation. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 23, 2023 04:48 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Yamuna water level decreases amid forecast for rain

An official said the level is expected to drop further on Tuesday but they continued monitoring the situation and have made announcements asking flood-hit people not return to their homes yet

The Yamuna water level hit a record high of 208.66 metres last Thursday and flooded low-lying areas. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 18, 2023 09:12 AM IST

Kejriwal announces immediate steps to mitigate waterlogging crisis in Delhi

680 pumps, including 100 mobile pumps, have been deployed, in addition to 326 supplementary pumps, to clear water from roads

A civic worker attempts to open choked drains on a waterlogged road at Pragati Maidan Ring Road in New Delhi on Monday. (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 12:03 AM IST

DERC allows electricity bill hike, triggers political row

Delhi residents will pay more for electricity from their next billing cycle as power companies increase a surcharge known as the power purchase adjustment charge. The increase is meant to offset the cost of electricity that distribution companies buy from power generation companies, which has risen due to an increase in the cost of coal. The increase in PPAC will differ based on the area of the Capital a consumer resides in, and those consuming fewer than 200 units per month will not be affected. A political spat has erupted between the Delhi government and opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.

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Updated on Jun 27, 2023 06:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Delhi’s DTC set to induct 30 women bus drivers, taking total to 60

DTC is gearing up to induct its third batch of women bus drivers later this month, which would take their number to more than 60 across the fleet

Despite the expansion of the Delhi Metro network, buses are still a very popular mode of public transportation in the Capital, with around 3.3 million people travelling on DTC-operated vehicles every day. The women currently in the DTC fleet have had encouraging experiences over the past 10 months. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jun 13, 2023 10:21 AM IST

Entries open for Delhi govt theatre festival for children

According to an official, registrations began on May 29, and will close after the first 250 participants complete the registration process

The 10-day festival will be held at the Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti near Rajghat. (File photo)
Updated on May 31, 2023 12:14 AM IST

Delhi govt will challenge Centre’s ordinance in SC, says AAP

The Centre issued an ordinance restoring to itself the power over ‘services’ in the National Capital Territory on Friday evening, a week after the Supreme Court ruled that the Delhi government has control over bureaucrats assigned to departments under its purview

Delhi education minister Atishi said the Centre’s ordinance has been brought to kill democracy and added that it will be ultimately struck down by the Supreme Court. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2023 12:38 PM IST

Extortion salvo at Delhi vigilance secy

The Delhi government has ordered withdrawal of work assigned to special secretary of vigilance department, YVVJ Rajasekhar

The government order was issued by vigilance minister Saurabh Bharadwaj. (ANI)
Updated on May 15, 2023 11:55 PM IST

The Contested History of Delhi's Power Struggle

The Supreme Court has put matters straight between the Delhi government and the Lieutenant Governor. Hopefully, the saga will find a suitable end

The hostilities started soon after Arvind Kejriwal took oath as the chief minister of New Delhi in 2015, with the Bharatiya Janata Party(BJP)-led government at the Centre.(PTI)
Published on May 13, 2023 03:22 PM IST

Kejriwal promises ‘big’ bureaucratic reshuffle after SC verdict, warns officials

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal warned that officers involved in obstructing the people’s work will have to suffer

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)
Updated on May 11, 2023 05:21 PM IST

More haunted heritage walks in pipeline in Delhi

The haunted walks were launched on Sunday at central Delhi’s 14th-century palace, Malcha Mahal, in Chanakyapuri

A view of Khooni Darwaza, where will be covered as part of the heritage walk plan. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 10, 2023 12:24 AM IST

For EV infra push, Delhi govt sets up district-level panels

The government has set a target of installing 18,000 EV points in the Capital by 2025 with land availability being one of the biggest challenges

An official said the capital currently has around 4,000 public and semi-public charging infrastructure which includes those installed at malls, hotels, hospitals, and marketplaces. (Image for representation)
Updated on May 05, 2023 11:15 PM IST

‘Haunted’ heritage walks set to begin in Delhi from tomorrow

The haunted walks are part of the Delhi government’s heritage walks and people can make advance bookings at the Delhi tourism offices

An official said that the demand for haunted walks at Malcha Mahal in Chanakyapuri is very strong. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2023 02:52 AM IST

Delhi LG orders examination of 44.78 cr spent on Kejriwal’s house renovation

The BJP and the AAP have been sparring over the renovation of Kejriwal’s official bungalow after details about the money spent on its refurbishment surfaced

Delhi chief minister’s official bungalow. (File Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2023 01:19 PM IST

Verify 1.3 mn labourers for free bus passes, transit hostels: Delhi CM Kejriwal

The directions were issued in a meeting to review the functioning of a workers' welfare body of the state government

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal chairs a high-level meeting with the labour department to review the functioning of the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board in New Delhi on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2023 04:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi:

Will sue CBI, ED for lying in court: CM

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal plans to sue India?s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate for perjury, accusing them of ?torturing witnesses and accused? in their investigation of an excise policy case. Kejriwal has been summoned by the CBI to appear as a witness on Sunday. The Delhi CM has not been named as an accused in the CBI's FIR filed on 17 August 2020. However, Kejriwal?s name cropped up when other accused and witnesses were questioned, prompting the agency to seek clarifications.

Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi on Saturday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2023 12:02 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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