Published: Mon, March 26, 2018
Medical | By Josefina Yates

Kejriwal govt presents Rs 53000 crore 'green' budget for 2018-19

Kejriwal govt presents Rs 53000 crore 'green' budget for 2018-19

Former Delhi Finance and Health Minister Dr A K Walia said that during the previous year of the Congress rule, there were 39 hospitals run by the government but the AAP has not created a single new hospital.

In Sisodia's about 100-minute-long budget speech, he, at least a dozen times, pointed out that particular schemes in the budgets require Lt. Governor Anil Baijal's approval.

"This has benefitted 37.28 lakh consumers (82.84 percent) of the total 45 lakh domestic category consumers in Delhi", he said presenting the progress report of the Power department.

26% of Budget being allocated for education total amount Rs. 13,997 crore.

"We are going to start a new curriculum - Happiness curriculum - in all Government schools under which different activities are being developed for students of nursery to Class VIII for developing their personality", he said. The Delhi government has allocated Rs 175 crore for the goal.

Others include replacing all street lights on PWD roads with energy efficient LED lights, an extensive tree plantation drives, and new city forests in Jaunapur, Ayanagar, Dera Mandi, and Bela Farm among others. Subsidy will also be given to firms to switch over to clean fuel-based power generators. The government will also give incentives to farmers to install solar panels.

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He said tablets will be provided to all teachers in government schools to help them keep an online record of students.

Around 200-250 cameras to be installed in each school so parents can see their children through live-streaming.

The government announced Rs 1, 833 crore for welfare of disadvantaged groups, SC, ST, OBC and Rs 1 crore allocated for anti-alcohol and drugs programme. "It is very unusual that the Aam Aadmi Party in every budget claimed that 1500 new buses would be added to the "Delhi Transport Corporation" fleet, 1000 Mohalla Clinics would be established, CCTV cameras will be setup and free Wi-Fi would be provided but nothing came on the ground", he said.

Further, the Drug Control Department inspected about 277 sales firms every month and suspended or cancelled 50 licences monthly for violation of norms, the first Outcome Budget stated, adding around two crore people availed healthcare services in 32 Delhi government hospitals.

Rs 403 crore will be allocated for setting up "mohalla" and poly clinics in the national capital, he said.

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