Delhi Budget: AAP govt presents Rs 46,600 crore annual budget

The CM Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi on Monday presented an annual budget of Rs 46,600 crore for 2016-17 – an increase of Rs 8,850 crore over last year.

Delhi Budget: AAP govt presents Rs 46,600 crore annual budget
Delhi Budget 2016: CM Arvind Kejriwal with Dy CM and Finance Minister Manish Sisodia leave for the budget session of the Assembly, in New Delhi on Monday. PTI

The CM Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi on Monday presented an annual budget of Rs 46,600 crore for 2016-17 – an increase of Rs 8,850 crore over last year.

Presenting Budget 2016, Delhi Finance Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that the planned expenditure has been pegged at Rs 20,600 crore and non-plan at Rs 26,000 crore.

“About 95 percent of the budget will be from our own resources, and only five percent will be provided by the central government. Of the total budget, Rs 36,500 crore will come from the taxes collected,” said Sisodia.

In 2015-16, the Delhi Budget 2016 estimate for by the AAP government was Rs 37,750 crore. It included Rs 21,500 crore non-plan expenditure and Rs 15,350 crore plan expenditure.

Rs 1,000 crore more for civic bodies

The Delhi government has decided to hike the budget allocation of municipal corporations by Rs 1,000 crore, Finance Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Monday.

“The budget allocation for the municipal corporations of Delhi was Rs 5,908 crore last year. It was later increased to Rs 5,999 crore. This year we have decided to increase it to Rs 6,919 crore,” Sisodia told the Delhi assembly.

Taking a dig at the BJP-controlled civic bodies, he also asked them to utilise the money properly.

“I hope the MCD will utilise this money to pay the salaries of its employees on time. This is public money and the MCD should not waste it by indulging in corrupt activities,” he said.

Talking about the much-hyped WiFi projects, Sisodia said the government would evaluate the pilot projects and come up with more efficient WiFi system in the national capital.

“The government has started pilot projects for WiFi in buses, outdoor WiFi in Burari and some NDMC areas. The government would come up with an efficient WiFi system after studying the pros and cons of the pilot projects,” he added.

Education takes big chunk of Delhi budget

Delhi government today set aside Rs 10,690 crore for education sector, the highest among all the plan heads, promising to make government schools better than private schools with robust infrastrcuture and teachers trained at “Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford”.

The government also announced that it is getting CCTV cameras installed in every classroom, whose feed would be “available to all officials, the Education Minister and parents”, and set aside Rs 100 crore for the scheme.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the Education portfolio, said the AAP government considers expenditure on education not an expense but an “investment”.

In his first budget, Sisodia had doubled the plan allocation for education.

The total amount earmarked for the sector this year is 8.68 per cent more than last year’s Rs 9,836 crore. The plan outlay pegged at Rs 4,645 crore is 23 per cent of total plan outlay and the highest among all the heads.

“The major focus for this year is on the training and capacity building of teachers. They are to be imparted high quality training for their professional development and will be sent to some of the best universities in the world like Harvard, Cambridge and Oxford. For this, Rs 102 crore has been earmarked in 2016-17 as against Rs 9.4 crore in 2015-16,” Sisodia said.

He said 21 new school buildings have been constructed while 8,000 classrooms are being built in the existing government schools which would “probably” be available for use from July onwards.

“This effectively means that the infrastructure equivalent to 200 new schools has been added to our government schools,” Sisodia said explaining the “three-fold approach” of AAP towards education.

Elaborating on the posts of estate managers, Sisodia said they would provide daily reports and “video clips” of the cleanliness of school campuses within two hours of their opening to district level officers.

“This would be done via a mobile app. The Deputy Director would take cognisance of this report, initiate required action and send a report to the Directorate of Education and the Minister. Within 4 hours of the beginning of the school day, the Minister would have detailed analytics about the status of each school on his mobile phone,” Sisodia said.

The Deputy CM said the goal is to make government schools better than private schools in the next three years.

“The process of recruiting and appointing 5,500 teachers is in its final stages. Entrance exams for the process of regularisation of guest teachers are also in its final stages. For this end, 9,623 new teachers’ posts have been sanctioned,” he said.

Towards skill education, the government allocated Rs 152 crore and announced its decision to commence vocational courses in more than “100 smart career colleges, which would be run by private companies with expertise in different domains”.

The government is also restarting the State Apprenticeship Scheme for giving on the job training to the youth that was shut down 2006.

“Government is initiating multiple schemes which include the opening of school playgrounds for sports organisations, preparing world-class football grounds and tennis courts in 55 schools so that every child has access to sports. It is also in the process of starting a sports school and a sports university in Delhi,” he said.

Delhi govt plans local safety groups, earmarks Rs 1K cr for women’s empowerment

Delhi government today said it will create women safety groups for all constituencies and ensure adequate lighting at around 42,000 ‘dark spots’ as it set aside Rs 1,068 crore in its 2016-17 budget to promote women’s security and empowerment.

While Rs 200 crore was earmarked for the women safety groups another Rs 114 crore was set aside to ensure adequate lighting at around 42,000 dark spots in the national capital.

The government also announced an initial allocation of Rs 200 crore as part of a new scheme for installing CCTV cameras and surveillance systems throughout Delhi.

Presenting the Rs 46,600 crore budget for 2016-17 in Delhi Assembly, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said Rs 1,068 crore has been allocated for women’s safety, security and empowerment.

“A ‘Mohalla Rakshak Dal’ of civil defence volunteers has been set up in the Karawal Nagar Assembly constituency as part of a pilot scheme. These efforts have received a warm welcome from the local residents and Delhi Police,” he said.

The government, Sisodia said, proposes “to set up Mohalla Rakshak Dals in all Assembly constituencies and Rs 200 crore has been allotted for the same”.

After around 42,000 dark spots were identified on 421 road stretches with the help of multiple agencies, including Delhi Police and women’s safety NGOs, a provision of Rs 114 crore has been made for providing adequate lighting at these spots, he added.

On the Rs 200 crore allotment for the new CCTV scheme, the deputy chief minister said, “I admit that the amount allotted at this moment is insufficient… More allotment will be done with further research and analysis in the coming time.”

Sisodia said that CCTV cameras have been installed on 200 DTC buses while a free Wi-Fi service was launched in December 2015 in some of them on a pilot basis. Wi-Fi services, GPS and CCTV cameras will soon be provided in all DTC and cluster buses, he added.

The government has made it mandatory for all public vehicles, including taxis, to install GPS and has also deputed 4,000 marshals for DTC buses, he said. In the last budget, the government had allotted Rs 160 crore for installing GPS and deploying marshals.

The government also proposed that a working women’s hostel be set up in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka area, which should start functioning in the next fiscal even as three other such facilities are being planned at Dilshad Garden, Pitampura and Vasant village.

“A hostel at Dwarka with a capacity to accommodate 50 working women will be made functional in 2016-17. Work on three working women’s hostels to accommodate 200 more will be started at Dilshad Garden, Pitampura and Vasant Gaon,” he said.

While presenting the last budget, the AAP government had highlighted the acute shortage of working women’s hostels in the city and said it is planning to construct six such hostels with active participation from the private sector.

Under the women’s security, safety and empowerment category, priority areas in last year’s budget included betterment of Anganwadi centres and development of crèche facilities, particularly in slums, JJ clusters and rehabilitation colonies, among others.

Delhi govt hikes health budget; plans ‘mohalla clinics’, 10K new beds at hospitals

Delhi government today said it will add 10,000 new beds at the hospitals run by it and also open 1,000 ‘mohalla clinics’ as it earmarked Rs 5,259 crore for the health sector in its 2016-17 budget, a hike of close to 10 per cent over the allocation last fiscal.

Presenting the budget in the Assembly, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the public health sector will continue to be the focus of developmental work undertaken by the AAP government in the coming financial year.

He said there is a jump of 9.86 per cent in the 2016-17 health budget over last year’s allocation of Rs 4,787 crore.

Talking about its “three-tier public health roadmap”, he said the government is processing tenders for setting up 1,000 ‘mohalla clinics’ by the end of this year which will form the first tier of its public health system.

The second tier comprises polyclinics and Delhi government said it proposes to establish 150 of these out of which 20 are already operational.

The third tier will be hospitals and these are being re-modelled even as new institutions are to be set up. These reforms would provide an additional 10,000 hospital beds in Delhi over the next two years, said Sisodia.

“Today, on the one hand, one has to stand in long queues at hospitals for minor health issues like cough and cold while specialist doctors and facilities remain held up as they handle these minor cases.

“The aim of the government is to make the first two tiers (mohalla clinics and polyclinics) handle the minor cases so that the burden on hospitals is reduced and resources are properly channelised,” said Sisodia.

Such a move would decongest hospitals and also improve the efficiency of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff, he added.

The deputy chief minister said the government has finalised the contours of a sector-wide, comprehensive Health Information Management System (HIMS), including a unique health card for citizens, which would supply patient information online and ensure seamless flow of data.

Pointing out that diagnostics is an important aspect of healthcare, Sisodia said the government is planning to expand and enhance its capacities in this area.

It proposed an outlay of Rs 70 crore for lab diagnostics, along with Rs 10 crore for Tele Radiology and Rs 5 crore for CT/MRI facilities to be set up in the PPP mode.

An amount of Rs 410 crore was proposed for the procurement of medicines, machinery and equipment and for the expansion of the existing fleet of CAT Ambulances with 100 basic and 10 Advanced Life Support Ambulances. The delivery of these vehicles is likely by June this year, he said.

The deputy chief minister said that while five ‘One Stop Centres’ are operational in the state to provide immediate medical, police and counselling services to rape victims, two more such centres will be opened soon at Rao Tula Ram Memorial Hospital and Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital.

Delhi govt to buy 3,000 new buses; build new depots, ISBTs

Delhi government today allocated Rs 1,735 crore for purchasing 3,000 new buses as part of its efforts to promote use of public transport among people.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia presenting the annual budget said the government will procure 1,000 new standard size UBS-II compliant low-floor non-AC buses during 2016-17.

He said the government will also buy 1,000 new buses under the cluster scheme and introduce 1,000 buses in the premium category through a purely market-driven model to encourage the financially well-off to use public transport.

To accommodate these new buses, bus depots will be also developed at Rewla Khanpur, Dichaun Kalan, Karkari Nahar, Bawana Sector-1 and Dwarka Sector-22, Sisodia said, as he proposed a plan outlay of Rs 325 crore for purchase of buses and development of bus terminals.

DTC at present has a fleet of 4,461 buses which includes 3,781 low-floor buses and 680 standard-floor buses.

Sisodia also proposed renovation and modernisation of the ISBTs (Inter-state Bus Terminals) at Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar with world-class passenger amenities and construction of a new one at Dwarka.

Also, about 1,397 new bus queue shelters are proposed to be constructed under PPP mode.

Seeking to promote e-rickshaws for last mile connectivity in Delhi, Sisodia also proposed enhancement of one-time fixed subsidy for them from Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000.

“In the current year Rs 4.97 crore has been given as subsidy to 3,709 owners of battery-operated vehicles and e-rickshaw. I propose to enhance one-time fixed subsidy for erickshaw from existing subsidy amount of Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000 for every e-rickshaw that has been registered by the Transport Department.

Also, to promote the use of electric vehicles, the government will exempt road tax on registration of electric.

“One electric bus has been started on a pilot basis and if we get better results, then more such buses will be plied,” he said.

Besides, he said that electronic ticketing machines will be introduced in all the buses, in addition to common mobility payment card for unhindered access to the commuters.

There will be a passenger information system at each bus stop which would display the real-time location of buses and expected arrival time.

AAP govt allocates Rs 300 cr for development of unauthorised colonies

The AAP government today allocated Rs 300 crore to Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIIDC) for carrying out development works in unauthorised colonies.

“Works for constructing roads and drainage is being carried out on a war-footing and shall be completed in financial year 2016-17,” said Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia while presenting the budget in the Assembly.

He said any additional funds required over and above this budgetary allocation for timely completion shall be arranged by DSIIDC either from its own resources or as loan from financial institutions.

Delhi government will repay the loan later.

Furthermore, for completion of ongoing works in unauthorised colonies by the other executing agencies, Delhi government proposed an amount of Rs 190 crore.

“Regulation for regularisation of unauthorised colonies have been redrafted and approved by Delhi government and the government of India has been requested to notify the same so that all unauthorized colonies, where the built-up area is more than 50 per cent as on January 1, 2015, are regularised,” said Sisodia.

He said that with a view to making Delhi a ‘slum free’ city, Delhi government has launched a massive programme for in-situ redevelopment and rehabilitation of JJ dwellers.

“In the first phase, we have planned redevelopment and in-situ redevelopment and rehabilitation of 20 JJ busties in three assembly constituencies on pilot basis.

“We will replicate this model in other parts of Delhi. A budget provision of Rs 100 crore for DUSIB as seed money is proposed in 2016-17,” he said.

Delhi government has also taken up a programme for construction of new toilet blocks and to upgrade and renovate existing ‘Jan Suvidha’ complexes in order to provide a clean and hygienic environment in JJ busties and with a view to making Delhi ‘open defecation’ free.

So far, Sisodia said, construction of 93 toilet blocks has been completed including 30 new toilets blocks and 63 upgraded toilet blocks adding more than 4500 toilet seats.

Government has decided to provide clean toilets by way of ‘Jan Suvidha’ complexes in all JJ clusters in 2016-17, he said as he proposed a plan outlay of Rs 100 crore for the same.

Delhi gets ‘Aam Aadmi canteens’

Delhi government today alloted Rs 10 crore in its budget for setting up ‘Aam Aadmi canteens’ across the city to provide subsidised food.

“It is proposed to start Aam Aadmi canteens in Delhi for providing nutritious and hygienic food at low prices to citizens, particularly the poor and the downtrodden who find it difficult to have a proper meal, like rickshaw pullers, daily wage labourers and construction workers,” Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said while presenting the budget in the Assembly.

The announcement comes nearly a year after Delhi Dialogue Commission Vice-Chairperson Ashish Khetan’s announcement to set up such facilities in line with Tamil Nadu’s highly-subsidised Amma canteens.

The functioning of the canteens will be monitored and coordinated by a “Bureau of Affordable Meals”, Sisodia said.

Delhi gets 2 elevated BRT corridors

The Delhi government today announced construction of two new elevated Bus-Rapid-Transit (BRT) corridors in the city.

“We propose two elevated BRT corridors, one from Anand Vihar Terminal to Peeragrahi (East-West corridor — 29 kms) and another from Wazirabad to IGI Airport (North-South corridor — 24 kms),” Finance Minister Manish Sisodia said while presenting the annual budget.

After the successful implementation of the ‘East-West’ and ‘North-South’ elevated BRT corridors, the model will be replicated across the national capital, he said.

“(The work on) four other stretches of elevated corridors, one underground tunnel from NH-24 bypass to Lodhi Road and corridor improvement of road from Khajuri Khas to Bhupura Border will be undertaken in 2016-17.

“(The process of) appointment of consultant for conducting feasibility study and preparation of detailed project report for corridor improvement plan has been initiated and a proposal has been sent to UTIPEC for approval,” Sisodia said.

The Deputy CM, who also holds Finance portfolio, said that to promote public transport, cycling and making streets “friendly” for pedestrian and physically challenged people, redesigning of 11 roads will be done in 2016-17.

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First published on: 28-03-2016 at 17:27 IST