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ADDRESS

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SHRI TEJENDRA KHANNA

HON'BLE LT. GOVERNOR, DELHI

TO

The Fourth Delhi Legislative Assembly

9th Session (Winter Session)

9th January, 2012

            Respected Speaker and Hon’ble Members,

  I extend a warm welcome to all of you to the 9th Session (Winter Session) of the 4th Legislative Assembly of Delhi for the year 2012 along with my best wishes for the New Year.
  After an intensive spell of infrastructure development preceding the Common Wealth Games, the year 2011-12 afforded us an opportunity to focus on inclusive growth, administrative reforms and maintenance of assets. A number of steps have been taken spanning administrative reforms and social welfare to impart a new fillip to the ongoing process of good governance.
  A detailed account of the achievements of the Government in all sectors will be presented in the budget session. Today, I would like to touch upon a few of the measures that have ushered in a new paradigm in the areas of inclusive and transparent growth.
  A widely shared desire for better municipal governance will be realized shortly, with the trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. With three new smaller municipal bodies, the day-to-day problems of the citizens of Delhi will be addressed more expeditiously and effectively.
  The progress in the last one year in administrative reforms and social welfare sectors are a standing testimony of my Government’s commitment to redeem our pledge to make Delhi a city of inclusive growth. The initiatives of the Hon’ble members of this august house, with the support of the citizens of Delhi, will lead to a new era of prosperity. My government will work to ensure that benefits of all developments initiatives of the Government reach the poorest of the poor.
  My Government has furthered the concept of participative governance to ensure that the results of growth and development lead to tangible improvements in the quality of life for the common people of Delhi. Government of Delhi has consistently kept in focus the welfare of all segments of the society, particularly the marginalized section. Development of Delhi is reflected not only in terms of economic parameters but also in the progress made in the social welfare sectors. The principle of ‘inclusive growth’ has been the cornerstone of the policies and programs of my Government. In this direction, Government’s focus has been to provide an honest and transparent administration, starting new initiatives for the youth through delivery of an effective education system, health care to all school going children and, above all, commencement of large scale skill development programs.
  Good Governance
  Government of Delhi has enacted The Delhi (Right of Citizen to Time Bound Delivery of Services) Act, 2011. Under this Act, the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi has introduced Service Level Agreement (SLAs) for various public services under its ambit. This Act helps the citizens in getting timely delivery of services. Citizens are entitled to get the services in a stipulated number of days or else get compensated for the delay. Citizens can check the status of their applications for the stipulated services by entering their unique application number generated on an electronic platform by participating Departments. Currently, 69 services have been brought under the scheme, more will follow shortly.
  Government has also launched Delhi Online (Jeevan Project). The aim of the project is to provide all government services under one roof to the citizens. So far more than 520 centers have been opened throughout Delhi and are operational with billing services of MTNL, BSES, NDPL, DJB and others. A major restructuring effort is underway to impart vitality in the project.
  Delhi State Spatial Data Infrastructure (DSSDI) is popularly known as the 3D-GIS Project. The project is the first of its kind in the country and provides a unique urban management system. Under DSSDI Project, through Geographical Information System(GIS), 3-D maps of all the structures in the city from residential houses to over-ground and underground public utilities have been created. The project will set a new benchmark in urban management in through a highly advanced e-Governance platform and will bring in more transparency in city governance. It will lead to efficient revenue collection, land use monitoring, optimal deployment of resources, tight policing for safety and security of citizens. The Project comprises two major components for the entire NCT of Delhi: Land Information System and Urban Information System. Once fully commissioned, it will make one of the best governed cities in the world.
  To bring transparency in the Public Distribution System in Delhi, Food & Supplies Department has launched end-to-end Computerization of Public Distribution System in Delhi; e-PDS portal of Delhi has been launched on December 07, 2011. The new system will introduce total transparency and bring the entire supply chain in public domain.
  ‘Aap Ki Sunwai’, another initiative of IT Department has set up a call center to work as Grievance Management System (GMS). It enables citizens to call a single number from any landline, wireless or mobile telephone, and register grievances with regard to any Delhi Government Department/Agency/Autonomous Body. Since the commencement of the system, about 32000 grievances have been redressed.
  The Delhi Dispute Resolution Society (DDRS) has established various mediation centers in Delhi. So far about 4900 cases have been received for mediation and around 1100 disputes have been resolved. People can approach any of these mediation centers for settlement of their disputes and can get them settled amicably and expeditiously. E-court has started functioning at Delhi High Court and this is proving to be economical and swift. In due course of time, all the courts of Delhi will become e-Courts.
  Health
  The Government is committed to provide preventive and curative health care services to the citizens of Delhi and also committed to expansion of health infrastructure.
  Government of Delhi has launched a "diabetic counseling and screening project” to create awareness about the diseases for the people living in JJ Clusters and screening them to commence appropriate medication. Special clinics are being run in government hospitals to provide free medicines for treatment of diabetes.
  To complement the existing Janani Suraksha Yojana, a new scheme namely “Matri Shishu Suraksha Yojana” has been launched under which pregnant women will be provided cash assistance of Rs.600 and free medicines and transportation charges at the time of delivery.
  Delhi Government has launched a new scheme, namely “Chacha Nehru Sehat Yojana” which will provide medical screening of about 14 lakh students studying in government schools in Delhi. To those requiring, needed medical treatment will be provided free of cost.
  EDUCATION
  Education holds the key to economic and social growth. My government has been taking necessary steps for overhauling the educational infrastructure in Delhi. CBSE results have shown an increasing trend for the past thirteen years. The results for the standard X board exams have improved significantly from 48 percent in 2005 to 99 percent in 2011. Similarly, in the same period, the result of class XII board exams, have improved from 76.4 percent to 87.5 percent.
  Government has launched an ambitious ‘Kishori Yojana’ to improve hygiene of school-going girls. Government has taken a landmark decision to provide sanitary napkins to girls of class VI to XII in all government and government-aided schools. Preparations for implementation of the scheme are at an advanced stage.
  In order to keep pace with the growing economy, investment in human resources becomes imperative. GNCT of Delhi has taken a giant step for the creation of one of the biggest human resource pools by imparting skill improvement education to the unemployed youths.
  The Government of Delhi has successfully been running a very ambitious program called “Technical Education Community Outreach Scheme” (TECOS). The TECOS is a pioneering scheme aimed at upgrading the livelihood skills of the under-privileged people who reside in slums/relocated colonies and people from other unorganized sectors, including school drop-outs etc. The main objective of the Scheme is to provide meaningful and qualitative formal training, in consultation with technically qualified faculty/staff of the polytechnics and ITIs.
  To provide technical training facilities to the targeted sections in public private partnership mode, 15 NGOs have been involved to provide technical training to the people.
  The Scheme of Community Development through Polytechnics (CDTP) aims to provide meaningful and qualitative non-formal training to rural youth, women, school drop-outs, SCs/STs and other weaker sections and under-privileged groups of the society, in consultation with highly qualified faculty/staff of the polytechnics. Facilities for informal skill training of 3 to 6 months duration exist under the same. The training under the scheme is to be provided at various training centers named as Extension Centers. These centers are run under the supervision of principals of various polytechnics. Each polytechnic has set up extension centers in different parts of Delhi to reach maximum number of beneficiaries. The opening of extension centers and courses are flexible and are based on the needs of the specific locality.
  SOCIAL SECURITY
  In the social sector, under Samajik Suvidha Sangam (SSS), Mission Convergence, my Government has adopted an integrated approach to address urban poverty and has embraced new directions to improve the social and environmental living standards of the poor and the vulnerable.
  Samajik Suvidha Sangam – SEWA Trust Project was launched on to promote financial inclusion of vulnerable women of The project aims to extend the scope of organized financial system and to bring within its ambit, one lakh women of low income groups in the next five years. The main object of the project is to help women off the money lender’s debt trap and also to offer a variety of micro-finance services. An estimated 5800 women will be covered in the first year.
  The efforts and interventions made through SSS to identify and take the services of the government to the doorsteps of the needy citizens have been internationally recognized by Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management in October 2010. This year too, in June 2011, the most prestigious international recognition, the United Nations Public Service Awards for “Improving Delivery of Services” has been awarded to SSS. These awards and recognitions are an endorsement of the steps taken by the Delhi Government to reach out to the under-served and to bring them under social protection programs.
  In order to give a helping hand to our senior citizens of 70 years and above, the Government has enhanced the financial assistance from Rs.1000 to Rs.1500 per month with effect from October 2011. The new old age home at Bindapur has become functional with a capacity to house 100 persons. It is also proposed to open an Old Age Home at Kanti Nagar for 100 persons, for which land has been allotted.
  For child welfare, under LADLI Scheme, 19154 cases were sanctioned in the year 2010-11. In the current financial year, 43205 beneficiaries have registered under the scheme.
  “JAN AHAAR” scheme has been implemented to provide low cost nutritious and hygienic meals (containing at least 1000 calories per meal) to the needy at the rate of Rs.15 per meal in 36 different areas. Over 13000 people are availing of this service.
  Delhi Government implements various plan schemes to accelerate the pace of educational, social and economic development of SC/ST/OBC/Minority communities by providing financial support, both as grant and loan. An outlay of Rs.250 crore has been approved during 2011-12 to implement ongoing and new schemes. During the current plan period an amount of Rs.100 crore has been approved as additional outlay in respect of the following schemes:
  Scheme for financial assistance to SC slum dwellers under Rajiv Ratan Awas Yojna.
  Scheme for providing ante-natal and institutional delivery to schedule caste women through recognized private health establishment.
  Scheme for providing financial assistance under Matri-Shishu Suraksha Yojana to SC pregnant women during last trimester of her pregnancy.
  The Government of Delhi has set up Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) to improve the living conditions of slums and also take up a massive low cost housing program. The DUSIB has already started taking measures to allot houses to the slum dwellers eligible for relocation. The Government will also go for in situ up-gradation of slums where needed. In order to have a better idea of the identity of the person who will be given various facilities, the Government of Delhi in collaboration with the Unique Identification Authority of India has decided to give unique identification number under the AADHAR program.
  TRANSPORT
  In the transport sector, Blue-line buses have been largely phased out. The scheme for corporatization of private stage carriage service in Delhi, whereby the city’s bus routes have been bundled into 17 clusters, has been made functional. Four clusters have already been rolled out with about 150 buses and remaining clusters will be rolled out in due course. This initiative of Government of Delhi has been awarded under the category of ‘Best PPP initiative in Urban Transport’ by the Government of India, Ministry of Urban Development. With a view to improve the transport infrastructure to match global standards, Government of Delhi has undertaken construction of modern Bus Queue Shelters (BQS) at 1636 bus stops.
  The third phase of Delhi metro to involving 104 kilometers of new lines has been approved. A total outlay of over Rs.30,000 crore has been approved for the third phase.
  CONCLUSION
  Delhi is a world class cosmopolitan ‘city state’ having infrastructure, be it civic, economic, educational, health, social security and governance at par with the best in the world. Delhi being both, a ‘city state’ and the National Capital has to attend to people from all parts of the country and from all walks of life. My Government seeks to fulfill their aspirations through sincere responsiveness and efforts.
  Hon’ble Speaker and members of the august house I have presented briefly the highlights of my Government’s initiatives, programs and accomplishments particularly in the social sector.
  The Government is making relentless efforts to make it participatory, consensus-oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective, efficient, equitable and inclusive.
  I wish you success and positive outcome in your deliberations.
Jai Hind !!!
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