Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP Government has presented Delhi’s budget worth Rs 53,000 Crore for year 2018-19 – mainly focusing on core areas like education, healthcare, transportation, electricity and pollution handling; a well-though budget for the capital city of India.
The Aam Aadmi Party government of Delhi presented a budget worth Rs 53000 Crore in the Delhi Assembly today, emphasising on core issues faced by the people of Delhi – like pollution menace, transportation, electricity and healthcare services. Presenting the budget in presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the assembly, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claimed the budget to be India’s first-ever “Green Budget” that focused on effectively combating pollution, which has rose beyond high limits in the metropolitan capital city of India, Delhi. Besides pollution and environmental care, the budget also features measures to “trickle up” economics aiming to benefit poor and middle class people in Delhi.
The Rs 53,000 Crore budget, which is 19.45 per cent more than the revised budget estimates of Rs 44,370 crore for the previous financial year – also emphasises on environment, health, education and water availability in Delhi. From the “Green Budget”, the government will introduce 26 new programmes and schemes which will focus on transportation, power, environment and PWD which will sew together the entire governance system of pollution control and bringing down the levels of continuously rising pollutants and smog in Delhi. For this, 1000 electric buses will be inducted for local public transportation within the city by March 2019; and 905 electric feeder buses for the Metro for last mile connectivity. And for cleaner energy, the government aims to generate or utilise 1,000MW of solar and wind power in Delhi.
Furthermore, a massive amount of Rs 6,729 crore has been dedicated to the health sector for 2019, which may as well include the ‘health insurance for all’ scheme. Rs. 403 crore allocated for mohalla clinics and polyclinics in 2018-2019 of which, 530 mohalla clinics and 230 clinics in schools to be constructed by October 30, 2018. For the infrastructural sector, Rs 1000 Crore is set aside to repair and maintenance of smaller roads owned by the municipal corporations of the city. And Rs Rs 1,500 crore for the development of unauthorized colonies has been sanctioned.
In addition to these, Bulk meters to be installed at water treatment plants, underground reservoirs and primary and secondary points – so that enough water is available to the residents, even during summer. Internal sewer line installation in 162 colonies to be completed by 2020 which will benefit 13 lakh people; and Rs 100 Crore is dedicated for the development of markets in accordance with various market associations. Since Delhi schools is vulnerable to grave crime incidents, the AAP government will install 200-250 cameras in each school – which makes a total of 1.2 lakh CCTV cameras in government schools costing over Rs 175 crore. And security concerns aren’t just limited to schools, hence, more CCTV cameras across Delhi will be installed by June 2019. The overall Delhi budget seems to be showing positive effects and will be taken and implemented optimistically.