1. NDMC budget for 2016-17 ‘repackages’ old projects

NDMC budget for 2016-17 ‘repackages’ old projects

Development projects envisioned last year cornered a major share of the allocations made in the NDMC budget for 2016-17, which was presented before the Council by chairman Naresh Kumar here today, signifying a huge backlog of projects that are yet to take off.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: February 8, 2016 10:32 AM
Total receipts of Rs 3,458.33 crore have been projected against a total estimated expenditure of Rs 3,450.81 crore during the period in the budget. against a total estimated expenditure of Rs 3,450.81 crore during the period in the budget. (Reuters)

Total receipts of Rs 3,458.33 crore have been projected against a total estimated expenditure of Rs 3,450.81 crore during the period in the budget. against a total estimated expenditure of Rs 3,450.81 crore during the period in the budget. (Reuters)

Development projects envisioned last year cornered a major share of the allocations made in the NDMC budget for 2016-17, which was presented before the Council by chairman Naresh Kumar here today, signifying a huge backlog of projects that are yet to take off.

Total receipts of Rs 3,458.33 crore have been projected against a total estimated expenditure of Rs 3,450.81 crore during the period in the budget.

Kumar, who presented his maiden budget, said the allocation for capital expenditure has been increased by 115 per cent from Rs 191.93 crore in revised estimates of 2015-16 to Rs 412.47 in budget estimates for 2016-17.

Installation of LED streetlights, automated parking facility, construction of disabled friendly public toilet units, transformation of sub-ways into vibrant spaces with ATMs, cloud-based Hospital Management Information System (HIMS) for the civic body’s health care units, health camps for employees and skill training centre are among the projects that were announced in previous budget and have been “repackaged” for this edition.

Other old projects which have found mention in the current budget include installation of outdoor gym equipment, rooftop solar panels on NDMC buildings, projects for increasing green cover, stainless steel bins in all major markets and roads, and setting up of air quality monitoring system to share real time information on air quality through LED screens.

Describing NDMC’s vision to be a “global benchmark for a capital city”, the civic body chairman enlisted the allocations of the budget with a considerable share to the “smart city” projects.

“After selection in Stage-1 of the Smart City Mission, we have submitted the proposal to the Urban Development Ministry. If we get selected, NDMC is expected to receive an amount of Rs 194 crore from the government in form of tied grants as first installment, which will be matched by an equal contribution from NDMC,” Kumar said.

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    Hemen Parekh
    Jan 14, 2016 at 5:42 am
    Congratulations , Shri Rudy ! Congratulations on setting for your Ministry , a lofty objective and then achieving it , viz: * Setting up 1150 Industrial Training Insutes ( ITI ) in year 2015 ( 100 per month ) A remarkable achievement considering that in the past 60 years , Governments ( Central States ) , could manage to set up only 13,105 ITIs ( ave of 18 per month ) But even that pales against your target to set up 7,000 ITIs in year 2016 ! A very refreshing approach when compared to all other ministries focusing on the fact that they have managed to " spend " by now , most of their last year's budget allocation ( the higher the percentage , the better your performance ! ) Why this perverse obsession with " how much you have spent " ? Reason is all too simple : While drawing up the next year's budgetary allocations for various Ministries , the Finance Minister will increase / decrease their allocations based on , to what extent ( % ) did they manage to actually " spend " their current year's allocations The one and only emphasis is on " spending " ! As usual , no MP will ask : " But , what exactly did the Minister concerned achieve by spending this money ? What physical / measureable targets did the Minister succeed in reaching / exceeding , with that money ? Where / What are the OUTPUTS ? Why is it that no targets were set in advance , before the start of the year ? How come , Minister was allowed to shoot first and then draw concentric circles around the afterwards ( at the end of the year ) , to claim BULL'S EYE ? " In private sector , shareholders / bankers do not hesitate to sack the CMD / MD / CEO , if he fails to deliver on promised profits Then , why are Ministers allowed to retain their posts ( - or even get kicked upstairs ! ) , despite failing to deliver ? What did get fixed , were only EXPENDITURE TARGETS ! For a change , for the forthcoming budget ,can we expect Shri Jaitley-ji to : * Get away from making financial allocations , * Fix for various Ministries , physical achievement targets such as : # FINANCE MINISTER * GDP ..... 8 % ............ [ 10 % improvement ] * CAD...... ( - ) 5 % ..... [ 20 % improvement ] # COMMERCE MINISTER * Exports........ $ 350 Billion .... [ 10 % improvement ] * FDI.............. $ 50 Billion...... [ 20 % improvement ] # RAILWAY MINISTER * Lengths of Tracks.....................125,000 Km..... [ Up by 10 % ] * No of Penger Trains / day..... 10,000... [ Up by 10 % ] # HEALTH MINISTER * Chronic Hunger and Hunger Related Deaths 8 Million / year .................................... [ Down by 20 % ] * Under-nourished people..... 200 million..... [ Down by 10 % ] # SOCIAL WELFARE MINISTER * Dowery Deaths / year....... 8,000...... ......[ Down by 10 % ] * People without Toilets........ 500 Million.... [ Down by 20 % ] # AGRICULTURE MINISTER * Farmers Suicide/ year..... .. 14,000.............. [ Down by 20 % ] * Food Grain rotting / year..... 5 Million tons..... [ Down by 20 % ] So on and so forth for each Minister Some caution / suggestions : * Ignore the numbers given above. I could be factually wrong * Focus on the concept of " Management by Objectives " * Overcome the fear of " failure to meet the targets " * Overcome the fear of " being ridiculed " ! * Don't chop off the neck that dares to stick out ! Encourage risk-taking ! * Only failure is , not fixing the targets ! * Actual vs Targeted achievements must be measured , on an ongoing basis , by totally independent THIRD PARTY agencies Ministers / Finance Minister and these Agencies , must agree in advance how the Agencies will go about " measuring " the Actual Achievements The method of measurement must be transparent and well publicized in advance Agencies shall have no role in fixing of Annual Targets That is best done by the Prime Minister - the CEO , MakeInIndia * There must be at least 10 performance parameters for each Minister * Parameters themselves could be selected / prioritized , based on an ONLINE PUBLIC SURVEY / OPINION POLL , from Govt web site * If conducting such an ONLINE POLL for the forthcoming budget is too late , same could be done on a printed form , by current MPs / MLAs / Rajya Sabha Members * Results of the SURVEY / POLL , must be published ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- hemen parekh / 14 Jan 2016 / blogs
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