Delhi’s Outcome Budget shows progress in education, health sector

Delhi’s Outcome Budget shows progress in education, health sector

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New Delhi, Feb 25: Delhi has made significant progress in terms of education and health sector,

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, while presenting the Status report of Outcome Budget 2018-19 on Monday.

Mr Sisodia who presented the report in the Assembly said, ' the prime objective of Outcome Budget is to significantly enhance transparency in the use of public money, predicability and ease of understanding of the schemes being implemented by various departments of government of NCT of Delhi.'

'It provides clarity on how we progress and what outcome or benefits the citizens of Delhi reap from the government spending during the year,' he said.

In terms of education department, Mr Sisodia said, 'the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government nearly tripled the seats for EWS category. The school has seen remarkable rise of 75 per cent in filling the seats under EWS Category.'

'In 2015 Delhi Government Schools had 24,157 classrooms. In today's date the govt has added more than 8,000 classrooms and 12,800 will be added soon. Delhi will have 45,118 classrooms compared to 24,157 in 2015,' he said.

'Spending on Education is not an expenditure but an investment for a better future of India. Delhi Education Budget at 26 per cent is highest in the country; much higher than other states with an average of 15 per cent,' he said.

'Mission Buniyad showed a good progress in the students of Government Schools. Number of students who could read has increased by 17 per cent. Number of students who could solve basic math has increased by 19 per cent. More than 3.7 lakh students participated in this programme,' he said.

In terms of health sector, the Deputy CM said,'by March 2019 Delhi Government to start more than 250 Mohalla Clinics. Currently 189 Mohalla Clinics are functioning and providing free and quality health facilities to the people of Delhi.'

Talking about old age pensions, Mr Sisodia it is highest in Delhi.

'Old age pensions in Delhi are the highest in India. There has been an increase in the number of beneficiaries and the pension amount,' he said.

Elaborating on the transport department, Mr Sisodia said, 'there has been a 41 per cent increase in bus depot capacity. Daily ridership in buses has increased by 'Two Lakhs' compared to 2016-17. Due to the increase in fare by DMRC, Metro's daily ridership has taken a hit by three lakh.'

In terms of Power sector, Mr Sisodia said, 'For 400 units of electricity Delhi pays just Rs 500. While cities like Mumbai pays Rs 3084 for the same number of units. Delhi Government provides cheapest electricity.'

Talking of the use of public toilets in Delhi, he said, 'More than 2.9 Lakh people have access to the Jan Suvidha Complex (Public Toilets). Use of public toilets has seen a massive increase of 412 per cent.'

In terms of Water sector, Mr Sisodia said, 'Water is now reaching to the taps of every citizen of Delhi. There is a 64 per cent increase in the total number of unauthorized colonies connected to water pipeline.'

'There has been 98 per cent increase in number of consumers. 71 per cent increase in the number of functional water meters. Whereas Delhi has seen a remarkable reduction of 52 per cent in the number of unmetered water connections,' he said.

The Deputy CM said Delhi's green cover has increased.

'Delhi government has taken the initiative to plant 32 lakh trees, out of which five lakh trees were planted in a single day with the help of a plantation drive,' he said.