The Aam Aadmi Party government led by the Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today announced the Delhi annual Budget for the financial year 2016-17. The budget was presented by the Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia, to the members and the Speaker of the Vidhan Sabha (Legislative Assembly) at around 12 noon. This was also the second full budget to be presented by Sisodia. Also, it can be termed as the ‘Swaraj Budget’, as coined by Kejriwal earlier.

Like the last year’s Budget, this whole thing was prepared with suggestions and opinions among the populace, that was done through meetings held at all 70 constituencies across Delhi. While the government praised the Budget, saying that the Budget was made and meant for the common man, opposition parties like the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress argued that the budget was not people-centric and catered only to the ‘rahees khaandan’ (rich people). Once again, education and transport were given the highest priority, along with women and social security and healthcare.

Let us now see the highlights of the New Delhi Budget 2016-17, which is given below as follows:-

  • The blueprint of the Delhi Budget 2016-17:-
  1. Budget of the Government of NCT Delhi in 2016-17 is proposed at Rs. 46,600 crores.
    a. Plan Budget – Rs. 20,600 crores.
    b. Non-Plan Budget – Rs. 26,000 crores.
  2. The BE of Rs. 46,600 crores in 2016-17 is 22.7% higher than the Revised Estimates (RE) of Rs. 37,965 crores in 2015-16.

  3. Total financial support of Rs. 6919 crores is proposed for the local bodies in 2016-17, as against 5908 crore in BE and Rs. 5999 crores in RE 2015-16.

  • Delhi Economy:-
  1. The Gross State Domestic Product of Delhi at current prices is likely to increase to Rs. 5,58,745 crores in 2015-16 from ₹ 494460 crore in 2014-15, indicating a growth of 13%.

  2. In real terms at constant prices, the growth in GSDP of Delhi in 2015-16 is expected to be 8.34%, as against 7.6% at the national level.

  3. The per capita income of Delhi at current prices is likely to increase to Rs. 2,80,142 in 2015-16, which is 11% higher over the per capita income of Rs. 2,52,011 in 2014-15.

  4. The per capita income of Delhi is about three times higher, than the per capita income of Rs. 92,931 at the national level.

  5. The rate of inflation in Delhi was 4.9%, as compared to 7.8% in Chennai, 7.4% in Mumbai and 5.7% at national level in the year 2015-16.

  • Honest Governance & People’s Partnership:-
  1. We believe in optimum utilization of funds, honesty and sincerity in use of public money and curtailing the wasteful expenditure. The Citizen Local Area Development Scheme, a participatory budgeting process under the Swaraj Fund Scheme, is being extended to all the constituencies with an outlay of Rs. 350 crores in 2016-17.

  2. All payments under various social welfare and social security schemes will be made through the Aadhaar-linked Direct Benefit Transfer, by using Public Finance Management System to ensure that the benefit reaches the genuine, eligible and targeted beneficiary.

  3. Delivery of Public Services has been made hassle free, transparent and comfortable by simplifying the process, for which submission of 200 types of affidavits have been abolished and requirement of attestation of documents, that has been done away with.

  4. It is proposed to start ‘Aam Aadmi Canteens’ in all parts of Delhi for providing nutritious and hygienic food, at low prices, to the citizens with plan outlay of Rs.10 crores in 2016-17.

  • Education:-
  1. The government has a three-fold approach towards education – First, towards providing adequate facilities and infrastructure; second, ensuring adequate number of capable and dynamic teachers; and finally, improving curriculum and teaching practices to ensure that the students are not merely excellent professionals, but become responsible citizens and good human beings.

  2. Around 8000 new classrooms are under construction which is equivalent to 200 new school buildings in single shifts and 400 schools in double shifts.

  3. An Estate Manager in every government school has been appointed, who would be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the school building and premises.

  4. Teachers and principals 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 crores has been earmarked in 2016-17, as against Rs. 9.4 crores in 2015-16.

  5. The 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 have access to sports.

  6. The government is also in the process of starting a Sports School and a Sports University in Delhi.

  7. Vocational training has been initiated in 205 schools for students from Class 9 onwards. For this, vocational education will be provided in all schools, for which Rs. 152 crores has been earmarked in the budget.

  8. The government is going to re-start the State Apprenticeship Scheme, which had been shut down since 2006.

  9. To expand the opportunities of higher education, construction of new campuses of Ambedkar University of Delhi (AUD) will commence at Rohini and Dheerpur.

  • Health:-
  1. The government undertakes comprehensive, sector-wise reforms and establishing three tier systems for health care delivery, which will be the biggest up-gradation of public healthcare sector in any state.

  2. The primary healthcare needs are proposed to be provided at the doorstep of citizens through Mohalla Clinics, which are the first level of healthcare in the state and around 1000 Mohalla Clinics are likely to be established by end of this year.

  3. A pilot for running 100 Mohalla Clinics, through empanelled doctors positioned in rented locations is going to be launched soon.

  4. The health care situations which require consultation with a specialist, are proposed to be undertaken at second level of the three tier health system. The government proposes to establish 150 Polyclinics out of which 20 have already been operationalised.

  5. The hospitals are the third level of health delivery system. These would be developed as multi-specialty or single-specialty centres. Remodelling of hospitals are planned for adding 10,000 more beds.

  6. Some hospitals are being upgraded to super-specialty level and centres of excellence. This would decongest hospitals and create a patient friendly environment at the institutions.

  7. The government has finalized contours of sector-wide and a comprehensive Health Information Management System (HIMS), including a health card for citizens with a unique identifier.

  8. The government proposes to expand diagnostics facilities and complement its capacities, through PPP based lab and radiology diagnostics services.

  9. The existing fleet of CAT Ambulances is proposed to be expanded, with 100 basic and 10 Advanced Life Support Ambulances.

  10. Five ‘One Stop Centres’ are presently functional in the state to provide immediate medical, police and counselling services to the rape victims. Two more such centres will be functional shortly at RTRM Hospital and Dr. BSA Hospital.

  • Public Transportation:-
  1. The government will procure 1000 new ‘Standard Size UBS-II Compliant Low Floor Height’ Non AC buses and 1000 new buses under the cluster scheme, which is to be added in 2016-17.

  2. The government would introduce 1000 buses in the premium category, through a purely market driven model, to encourage the financially well-off to use public transport.

  3. A new ISBT at Dwarka in South-West Delhi is proposed to be constructed. About 1397 new Bus Queue Shelters are proposed to be constructed under the PPP mode.

  4. It is proposed to enhance one time fixed subsidy for e-rickshaws, from existing subsidy amount from Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 30000.

  5. To promote the use of electric vehicles, the government will exempt road tax on registration of electric vehicles.

  6. About 248 new mini buses are to be inducted, increasing the total fleet of metro feeder buses to 517 on 93 routes, for improving last-mile connectivity during 2016-17.

  7. Electronic Ticketing Machines will be introduced in all the buses, in addition to Common Mobility Payment Card, for unhindered access to the commuters to travel in DTC buses, metro rail and cluster buses.

  • Road Infrastructure:-
  1. The elevated road over Barapullah Nallah Phase-II from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium to INA (Aurobindo Marg) will become functional in the year 2016-17 and Barapullah Nallah Phase-III from Sarai Kale Khan to Mayur Vihar will be completed by December 2017.

  2. Two elevated BRT corridors are planned, one along Anand Vihar to Peeragarhi (East – West Corridor – 29 kms) and the other from Wazirabad to IGI Airport (North – South Corridor – 24 kms).

  3. The government is considering re-designing and street-scaping roads to tackle the problem of traffic congestion, due to flaws in the design of roads and thrust upon creating infrastructure for pedestrians/cyclists.

  4. To promote public transport, cycling and making streets friendly for pedestrians and physically challenged people, redesigning of 11 roads will be done in 2016-17 as a pilot project.

  • Environment:-
  1. Six Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (AAQMS) are constantly monitoring the pollution levels on a real-time basis and it is proposed to increase it to nine. In addition, one Mobile Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Van (MAAQMV) is also proposed.

  2. A new scheme called ‘Comprehensive Maintenance of Roads’ will initiate the following measures – mechanized sweeping of roads, routine washing and cleaning of street furniture and signages, collection of debris/litter through mechanical sweepers and use of disposable bio-degradable bags, periodical washing of kerb stones and subways and other civil, electrical and horticulture works.

  3. To recycle C&D waste in-house, two C&D waste handling units of 500 metric ton per day each at Libaspur and Tikri Border will be constructed.

  4. LED screens will be installed at different public places, for displaying of pollution levels/public awareness messages/traffic information and so on.

  • Women Safety & Security:-
  1. Wi-Fi services, GPS and CCTV cameras will be provided in all DTC and cluster buses for ensuring women safety. The government has made it mandatory for all public transport vehicles, including taxis to install GPS system for tracking of the vehicles.

  2. The government has deputed 4000 marshals in all DTC buses to remain vigilant in the buses.

  3. For security of people on roads, in residential areas and overall security of National Capital Territory, a new scheme for installation of CCTV cameras and surveillance system throughout Delhi is proposed.

  4. Mohalla Rakshak Dal of Civil Defence Volunteers is proposed to set up in all assembly constituencies, for providing women safety with an outlay of Rs. 200 crores.

  5. Three working women’s hostels to accommodate 200 more working women will be started at Dilshad Garden, Pitampura and Vasant Village during 2016-17.

  • Social Security & Welfare:-
  1. Land for construction of four old age homes at Geeta Colony, Janakpuri, Sarita Vihar and Vasant Kunj and two homes for mentally challenged persons at Usmanpur and at Dallupura have been acquired and the projects are at various stages of implementation.

  2. Adequate lighting arrangement is being made on 42,000 dark spots, identified on 421 stretches of roads for ensuring safe travel.

  • Water Supply & Sanitation:-
  1. The government has taken a historic decision to provide clean drinking water supply to each and every household by December 2017. Around 300 new unauthorized colonies will be provided piped water supply in the year 2016-17.

  2. The Delhi Jal Board will roll out a comprehensive rainwater harvesting scheme, water-bodies revival policy and summer action plan, to ensure that Delhi does not suffer in any way for want of water.

  3. To provide basic amenities in a time bound manner, government has decided to engage a single executing agency i.e. DSIIDC for doing all developmental works in the unauthorized colonies.

  4. To make Delhi a ‘slum free’ city, the government has launched a massive programme for in-situ redevelopment and rehabilitation of JJ dwellers. An amount of Rs. 100 crores has been proposed as seed money for this project.

  5. To provide a clean and hygienic environment in JJ bastis and with a view to make Delhi ‘open defecation’ free, a massive programme for construction of new toilet blocks and to upgrade/renovate existing Jan Suvidha Complexes has been taken up. A plan outlay of Rs. 100 crores has been proposed for the programme.

  • Tourism:- 
  1. Delhi Tourism is on a mission to change status quo and ensure that Delhi becomes a world-class tourist destination and the leader in art, culture, music, theatre, film and entertainment.

  2. A single window online clearance system for organising events in Delhi has been launched and it is proposed to simplify the process for the restaurant and hospitality industry also.

  3. The government is planning to organize a world-class festival called the ‘Delhi Carnival’. It will be a festival that celebrates the spirit of Delhi and inculcates pride in its citizens.

  4. It is propose to launch a new campaign called ‘Brand Delhi’ and redevelop the online presence of destination Delhi through websites, applications, Maps, Social Media and other micro-sites.

  5. A Skywalk from Qutub Minar Metro Station to the Qutub Minar, a first of its kind is proposed to be developed in 2016-17.