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– AAP govt presents Rs 53000 budget for 2018-19
– Allocates 26% to education in its budget
– Government wants to install around 1.2 lakh CCTV cameras across its schools
The AAP government said it was committed to bring down pollution in Delhi as it proposed various measures, including concession in registration of CNG cars in its Rs. 53,000 crore budget in the state assembly. The Delhi government has allocated 26% of its state budget to education this year, earmarking Rs 13997 crore in total. This remains higher than most states in the country and yet over the last budget allocation – 23.5% – made by the government. The AAP government today presented its Rs 53,000 crore budget for 2018-19 in the assembly, which laid emphasis on environment, health, education and water.
“The budget estimates for 2018-19 are pegged at Rs 53000 crore which is 19.45 per cent more than the revised budget estimates of Rs 44,370 crore for the previous financial year,” Sisodia said. Presenting estimates for the 2018-19 fiscal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said this is the first ‘Green budget’ of the government aimed at effective containment of pollution in the city. Finance and education minister Manish Sisodia, while presenting the budget in the assembly on Thursday said the government was working on a “trickle up model” of growth, empowering its workers and teachers to move the economics. To that end, he also announced that the School Management Committee members of its schools will get Rs 5 lakh each as funds to carry out reforms on their own – like small construction or upgrade projects, helping teachers get aids or employing resource persons on their level to help assist their kids – without having to go to the government or the Directorate of education. Currently, all funds for school development are approved and allocated by the DoE.
“We are going to thread 26 programmes and schemes of Transport, Power, Environment and PWD departments for devising a unified system of pollution control to bring down levels of different pollutants,” he said.
Mr Sisodia announced 50 per cent concession in registration of CNG cars, and said solar panels will be installed over 16 km cycle track.
Besides this, he also informed that the government wants to install around 1.2 lakh CCTV cameras across its schools – each with around 150-200 – which will allow parents to watch their kids through live stream. The government has allocated Rs 175 crore estimates amount to this end. He said the government is also facilitating upgrading of staff rooms and access of tabs to each teacher. He said the taba will help teachers keep a track of the progress of their children and reduce workload that comes with sending updates to the DOE.
The government has also proposed to set aside Rs 1000 crore for repair and maintenance of smaller roads owned by the municipal corporations of the city, he said.
“We are going to thread together 26 programmes and schemes of transport, power, environment and Public Works Department for devising a unified system of pollution control, bringing down levels of different pollutants,” he said.
The government also plans to install indoor display boards in government buildings to give information on air pollution levels. There will also be subsidy for restaurants to encourage them to move from using coal to electricity or gas-based tandoors.
Allocating Rs 15 crore to Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights which will carry out ranking of all schools in the capital, he also earmarked Rs 10 crore to conduct self-defences classes for the government school girls. There has also been an impetus for sports activities in Capital, as the government allocated Rs 35 crore to Mission Excellence and Khelo Tarakki Karo schemes for sports excellence. Another Rs 20 crore has been allocated to conduct sportingly events across Delhi.
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