The Sixth Delhi Legislative Assembly

(Seventh Session)

16th MARCH, 2018

Hon’ble Speaker and Members,

1. I welcome you all to the Seventh Session of the Sixth Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi.
2. My Government is committed to the welfare of the citizens of Delhi. Actions of the Government have added impetus to the welfare activities and development process.
3. The Gross State Domestic Product of Delhi at the current prices is estimated to be Rs. 6,86,017 crores in 2017-18 as compared to Rs. 6,16,826 crores in 2016-17,registering a growth of 11.22%.
4. The Per Capita Income of Delhi at current prices is likely to increase to Rs. 3,39,093 in 2017-18. It was Rs. 3,00,793 during 2016-17.
5. The share of the tertiary sector in Delhi’s economy is about 85.92% followed by secondary sector at 12.04% and primary sector at 2.04%.
6. Government of NCT of Delhi has successfully implemented GST. Department of Trade and Taxes has integrated 75% of its existing dealers on the GST platform. About 2.25 lakh new registrations have also been approved.
7. To promote good governance, the Government has decided to deliver government services at the “Doorstep Delivery of Public Services” with the objective to extend the government services beyond counters at citizen’s residence. Citizens willing to avail this facility can make a request to the call centers setup by the Government. The citizens will be assisted in obtaining the required services by a Mobile Sahayak at their doorstep at a prefixed facilitation fee and at a pre-scheduled date and time through the call center.
8. For development of the human resources, the Government has focused on strengthening and modernizing the Education System. Educational infrastructure has been beefed up by making about 6,400 additional classrooms functional in the existing schools.
9. Upgradation of infrastructure and construction of additional classrooms have been undertaken in 54 schools on pilot basis for providing better ambience and state of the art facilities. The work in all 54 schools is at the final stage of completion. Five Schools of Excellence with English as medium of imparting education will become functional from 2018-19.
10. Construction of 25 new Pucca school buildings in different localities of Delhi were taken up and construction of 24 school buildings have been completed. Around 50 gram sabha sites have been identified for construction of new schools . Possession of 29 such sites have been taken over by Education Department.
11. CCTV cameras are already installed in most of the schools. It is proposed to strengthen CCTV surveillance system in all the schools including classrooms with the facility to the parents to watch the feed from the schools. Comprehensive safety guidelines for schools have been issued for the first time in consultation with all stakeholders.
12. Online system of admission has ensured that children of poor families also get admission in the unaided private schools. 24,500 EWS&DG category students have been admitted in the entry level class in unaided private schools during 2017-18.
13. To promote computer knowledge among students, computer labs are functional at about 1100 Government and Government aided schools under the ICT project. It is proposed to expand the ICT scheme with state funding by enhancing the capacity of existing computer labs and by posting more manpower.
14. A new initiative “Chunauti – 2018” was implemented, aimed at bridging the accumulated learning deficits of primary classes in Classes 6-8, ensuring rigorous inputs to address the failure trend in Class 9 and zero drop out amongst the children, who have failed in Class 9. This initiative has helped to bring out improvement in the examination results. Through the Reading Campaign students of class 6 to class 8 have improved their reading skills.
15. Students have been provided study material in simple, contextual and child friendly manner through supplementary learning material called “Pragati”.
16. To provide structural support to learning reforms, “Mentor Teachers Group” was created from amongst some of the most creative teachers of the government schools. This 200 member strong group is acting as an academic resource of the department and provides on-site support to the teachers in their respective schools by sharing innovating teaching learning process with them. Mentor Teachers are being trained at National Institute of Education, Singapore.
17. Contemporary research is required to understand the bottlenecks in children’s learning and to redesign curriculum and pedagogy. In this direction, a newly created Assessment Unit has been setup to perform the function of R&D in areas of children’s learning.
18. An integrated approach was adopted for capacity building, whereby apart from innovative in-house capacity building programmes, 89 Heads of Schools were given training in Cambridge University, UK. 60 Heads of Schools, Teacher educators and Officers of Directorate of Education are being deputed for training at university of Jyvaskyla, Finland. Heads of schools are also being trained in reputed national institutions like Indian Institute of Management and National University of Educational Planning and Administration.
19. The Right to Education Act 2009 envisages the management and monitoring of School Development Plans by School Management Committee (SMC). SMC sabhas were held MLA constituency wise to provide a forum for participation of SMC members to highlight problems being faced in the smooth functioning of the schools and to offer appropriate solutions to mitigate the problems.
20. Steps are being taken to ensure that effective inclusive education is imparted to physically challenged students. At present about 12,000 Child with Special needs (CWSN) are studying in government schools. Online module maintains a database for such students. Individualised Education Plan (IEP) has been developed for each child with special needs studying in government schools both curricular and extra-curricular activities. The process of establishing resource centres for CWSN with facilities for Special Education and related services like physiotherapy, occupational therapy etc. is under progress. At the initial phase, 14 resource centres will be set up.
21. My Government has enhanced capacity of institutes of higher learning for admission of more students in various courses during the period 2017-18. To encourage students to pursue higher education the Government has launched Merit-cum-means linked Financial Assistance on e-District Portal for providing financial assistance to the students enrolled in under graduate courses in seven state universities in Delhi and their affiliated institutes/colleges. Under this scheme, the eligible students are provided financial assistance by utilising the funds of Delhi Higher Education Aid Trust.
22. During 2015-16, the Government had launched Delhi Higher Education and Skill Development Credit Guarantee Scheme. Initially, the students who had passed 10th and 12th class from Delhi and pursued education from the institution in Delhi where eligible to obtain educational loan. During 2017-18, Government has extended the benefit of the Delhi Higher Education & Skill Development Guarantee scheme also to those students who have passed class 10 and class 12 from Delhi and are studying in Government Universities/ Collages/ Institutes outside Delhi, located within India.
23. World Class Skill Centre was set up to give thrust to skill development. At present it is functioning from the campus of ITI Vivek Vihar and imparting skills in four different trades benefitting around 1,000 students. The institution has maintained a record of 100% placement . As the World Class Skill Centre has emerged as a successful model, the Government has decided to expand the same to create 25 such centres for training of around 25,000 youth per annum. The Government has decided to construct permanent campus of World Class Skill Centre at Jonapur.
24. To make Delhi a Start-up Hub, 10 Incubation centres are functioning. Currently 76 Start-ups are working in these centres. These Start-ups are not only in the field of Engineering but also in Social sciences and Management.
25. To promote Research & Development , a research grant scheme has been launched. Under this scheme matching grant is given to all those academic institutions which generate their funds for the research purposes from industry or through any other endowments.
26. IIIT-Delhi has achieved milestone in the sphere of research and development. Infosys Centre for Artificial Intelligence has been set up for research purposes with a 3-year corpus grant of Rs. 24 Crores by Infosys Foundation. This is one of the largest grants for establishing a research centre in an academic institution.
27. Providing better health care facilities to the citizens of Delhi is one of the prime objective of the Government. The health care infrastructure has 36 multispeciality hospitals including 6 super Speciality Hospitals providing over 11000 beds. To expand the health care services number of hospitals are under construction.
28. The Government has taken several patient centric initiatives. All essential drugs are provided free of cost to the patients attending the public health facilities of Government of Delhi. The radiological services are being provided free of cost to all residents of Delhi at 23 DGEHS empanelled radiological centres subject to referral from the public health facilities of Delhi Government.
29. Delhi Government hospitals have been authorised to refer patients to 48 empanelled Private Hospitals for 52 types of surgeries free of cost.
30. Free dialysis service is provided in 3 hospitals viz. Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, Lok Nayak Hospital and Dr. Hedgewar Arogya Sansthan. At present 60 dialysis machines are operational in these hospitals.
31. Laboratory diagnostics services are provided free of cost to all patients attending the Delhi Government health facilities. Free diagnostic services as per the DGEHS list is provided to the General Public in Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics.
32. The Government intends to bring primary health facility at the door step of resident through establishment of Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics(AAMC). Initially, 102 AAMCs were started on Pilot basis. During current financial year, 62 more AAMCs have been established.
33. My Government believes in inclusive development. It has extended support to the vulnerable section of the society. Department of Women and Child Development provides financial assistance to women under Delhi Pension scheme to Women in Distress. In addition to this scheme, one time grant is given to Poor Widows for performing marriage of their daughters. This financial assistance is also applicable for the guardians including homes/ and institution or foster parents for marriage of an orphan girl. Similarly, Department of Social Welfare implements three schemes of financial assistance, namely Old age pension scheme, Disability pension scheme; and National Family Benefit Scheme.
34. Govt. of Delhi has launched a new scheme i.e. ‘Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojna’. Under this scheme the Government provides coaching to the eligible SC students for competitive exams and higher technical studies. Eight leading Coaching Institutes have been empanelled for this purpose.
35. My Government is committed for the welfare of the labourers. Government of Delhi has revised the minimum wages by 37%. The present rate of minimum wage for unskilled workers is Rs. 13,584/- per month; for semi skilled workers, the minimum wage is Rs. 14,958/- per month and for skilled workers the minimum wage is Rs. 16,468/- per month. These rates are the highest amongst all the States and Union Territories in the Country. Under Employees Compensation Act, labour department settled 559 claims and disbursed Rs. 10.93 Crore by way of compensation. In addition to this, 6318 complaints have been settled under various labour laws and an amount of Rs. 8.35 crores has been disbursed as full and final settlement. This has benefitted 3234 workers.

Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board has notified seventeen welfare schemes. These schemes pertain to health, pension, maternity, education etc. An amount of Rs. 60.37crores has been spent on various welfare schemes which has benefitted around 63,000 students and 2200 registered construction workers. Further, more than 30,000 job seekers were shortlisted for jobs in 3 mega Job Fairs conducted in different parts of Delhi.
36. Demand for housing in the city is perennial. The poor segment of the population which cannot afford to fulfill its housing need is constrained to live in the JJ Bastis. To meet the housing need of this segment of the population my Government has notified Delhi Slum and J J Rehabilitation and Relocation Policy – 2015 on 11.12.2017. This policy will facilitate in-situ rehabilitation of JJ dwellers in built-up flats on the same land or in the vicinity within a radius of 5 Kms, or beyond 5 Kms in exceptional circumstances. In this policy, the cut-off date of eligibility has been extended to 01.01.2015 from earlier 04.06.2009.
37. For providing dignified living condition to the population of JJ Bastis Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board is running 640 Jan Suvidha Complexes having community toilets and baths. From 1.1.2018 these toilet complexes have been made available to slum dwellers free of cost.
38. To provide relief to the homeless persons, during the winter months Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board operated and managed 263 night shelters/ren baseras.
39. Demand of water has been successfully met. Water production has been maintained at 900 MGD. Presently piped water supply is available in 1284 unauthorized colonies. The Government has continued with its policy of free water supply up to 20 KL per month to domestic household having functional water meter. Group Housing Societies are also entitled to this facility.
40. To provide relief to the population of the city, the subsidy of 50% on Energy Charges for all domestic consumers consuming up to 400 Units per month has been continued during the period 2017-18. There has been no change in the electricity tarrif. Peak Load Demand of 6526 MW was successfully met in June, 2017. Due to strict monitoring and regular review, in 2017 load shedding was contained to only 0.06% of the total consumption. This is the lowest ever figure in Delhi.
41. Delhi has vast road infrastructure. However, to cope up with increasing load of road transportation it is necessary to create new infrastructure. The Outer Ring Road from VikasPuri to Wazirabad has been completed, which is signal free. An elevated road over Barapullah Nallah (PH II) is under construction which is likely to be completed in this year. Further, construction of elevated road from Sarai Kale Khan to Mayur Vihar is also in progress as part of Barapullah (PH III). This project is likely to be completed by December 2018. In addition to these projects, construction of single flyover from Munirka to Army Hospital on the outer ring road and underpass at junction of B J Marg and Inner Ring Road is in progress, the projects are expected to be completed in this year. Further, a tunnel of a length of 700 meters below ITPO from Bhairon Road – Ring Road Junction to Purana Quila Road is also under construction. This will provide easy access from India Gate to Ring Road and vice versa.
42. Road transport is still the preferred mode of public transport in Delhi. At present Delhi Transport Corporation is running 3944 buses on 556 routes, serving about 27 lakh passengers daily. Government of Delhi has decided to procure 1000 Non-AC CNG Standard buses for DTC. In addition to this, 1647 buses are also in operation in 08 clusters under the Cluster Bus Scheme. The Government has decided to induct additional 1000 Non-AC CNG Standard buses under the cluster scheme.
43. The existing network of DMRC is about 230 KM. Another 104 Kms of Metro Phase – III corridors are planned to be commissioned in 2018. Under Phase –IV, around 104 Km length of Metro Line is under active consideration of the Government.
44. For improving last mile connectivity, procedure for e-Rickshaw registration has been simplified. About 45,000 e-Rickshaws have been registered upto February, 2018. Augmentation of auto rickshaw fleet is also being undertaken. 8600 new Auto Riskshaws permits have been granted up to February, 2018.
45. Government of Delhi has launched Common Mobility Card that can be used to travel on Delhi Metro as well as public transport buses. By use of this card public transport users would be able to seamlessly travel between Delhi Metro and buses run by DTC and the buses under the cluster scheme. Moreover, MOU for Automated Driving Test Track has been signed with M/s Maruti for facilitating driving tests.
46. The Government is actively engaged in monitoring and protecting the environment. Strict implementation of measures like stopping of construction activity, banning of diesel generator sets etc., under the Graded Response Action Plan has helped to maintain the air quality in Delhi. For controlling the water pollution 1750 Effluent Treatment Plants (ETPs) are installed in various industrial units, hotels etc. For the treatment of waste water generated from the industrial areas , 13 CETPs have been installed with the capacity of 46.6 MGD. These CETPs are treating the effluent generated from 17 industrial estates. Regular monitoring of water quality of river Yamuna, 24 drains, CETPs and STPs is conducted by DPCC. The Government has also taken action for waste handling and management. 14 acres land at Bawana has been handed over to DSIIDC for setting up of Treatment Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF).
47. Hon’ble Speaker and Members of the august house, I have presented before you, the brief highlights of some of the activities undertaken by my Government. The Dy. Chief Minister/ Finance Minister will spell out further details in his Budget Speech.
48. I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to all of you and wish you all success in your deliberations.
Jai Hind !!