Highlights of the Speech of Shri Arun Jaitley, Union Finance Minister of Finance Made While Presenting the Budget of the National Capital Territory(NCT) of Delhi for the Year 2014-15

Following are the Highlights of the Speech of the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley made while presenting the Budget of the National Capital Territory (NCT)of Delhi for the year 2014-15 in Lok Sabha here today:

  • President’s Rule imposed in the National Capital Territory of Delhi under Article 239 AB of the Constitution on 16th February, 2014.
  • The Delhi Appropriation (Vote on Account) Bill, 2014 to provide for the withdrawal of certain sums  from and out of the Consolidated Fund of the NCT of Delhi for their services for the period of first six months of the financial year 2014-15 was passed by both the Houses of the Parliament on 21st February, 2014.
  • The President’s Rule in the NCT of Delhi continues, and therefore, the budget of NCT of Delhi is required to be passed by the Parliament during the current session.

Budget Estimates 2014-15

  • The total Budget Estimate for the Government of NCT of Delhi for the year 2014-15 is Rs.36766 crore.
  • Rs. 19066 Crore Non-Plan expenditure and Rs. 17700 crore Plan expenditure.
  • The outstanding debt of Government of NCT of Delhi stands reduced from Rs. 32080.30 crore as on 31st March 2014 to Rs. 30404 crore at the end of the current financial year. 

Health

  • Delhi Government has developed an extensive public health infrastructure with 32 multi-specialty hospitals and 6 super specialty hospitals, providing over 10,000 beds, and a chain of 260 allopathic and 150 AYUSH dispensaries, managed by over 20,000 doctors and allied health workers.
  • Proposed to enhance the number of hospitals beds; hospital projects for Rs. 940 crore are currently under execution which would provide over 1400 additional beds. Two of the largest hospitals, Lok Nayak Hospital and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, will be transformed into model healthcare centres.
  • A new medical college with 100 seats will be started at Rohini and students admitted by 2015.
  • One new multi speciality hospital for South Delhi in the current year.
  • 50 new dialysis units will be added in the current year. To provide prompt trauma care, 110 new ambulances fitted with state-of-the-art life support equipment will be inducted in the Centralised Accident and Trauma Services (CATS) fleet.
  • Set up, one stop centres for crisis management and rehabilitation of victims of sexual assault in each district in government hospitals. Three such centres at Deen Dayal Hospital, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital will become functional in the next three
  • Set up three more Forensic Science Laboratories for which land at Sheikh Sarai, Rohini and Village Sayurpur at a cost of Rs.₹ 11.25 crore has been purchased. Till the construction of buildings is completed, one more regional Forensic Science Laboratory at Chanakya Puri will be made functional
  • Plan Outlay of Rs.2724 crore for the Health sector during 2014-15.

Education

  • 20 new schools will be started during the current financial year.A sum of Rs.350 crore provided for this purpose.
  • In two Assembly Constituencies which do not have, Senior Secondary Schools exclusively for girls, two schools would be opened to promote girls education.
  • Necessary measures will be taken to construct, repair and setup ensure fully functional and clean toilets in all the schools in the current financial year.
  • In the current year, training will be imparted to 20318 teachers through State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT).
  • To promote Urdu, Punjabi and Sanskrit additional teachers will be provided.
  • A Skill Development Centre is proposed to be setup under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Mode for which 37 acres of land has been acquired. This centre would train approximately 15000 students per year in various trades based on the needs of Industry.
  •  It is proposed to take up project based financial support to four Academies of Urdu, Sindhi, Punjabi and Hindi in the current financial year.
  • A new School of Planning, Architecture and Design at a cost of Rs.285 crore will be setup in East Delhi by Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University.
  • The construction of new buildings for Deen Dayal Upadhyay College at a cost of Rs.151 crore at Dwarka and Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies at Rohini at a cost of Rs.132 crore is in progress. Further, Government of NCT of Delhi has acquired 51 acres of land at a cost of Rs.158 crore for National Institute of Technology (NIT) Delhi at Narela. Construction of the NIT, Delhi complex will be expedited.
  • Plan Outlay of Rs.2482 crore for the Education sector during 2014-15

Social Security & Welfare

  • Mahatma Gandhi said “Poverty is the worst form of Violence” and “The measure of a country`s greatness should be based on how well it cares for its most vulnerable population”.
  • Plan Outlay of Rs.1862 crore for the Social Security and Welfare sector during 2014-
  • Two Children of incarcerated parents to be provided financial support  till they attain the age of 18 years or till their parents are released
  • Safety and security of women of prime importance. Proposal to set up women helpline in each police station, increase of women helpline numbers, security audit of paying guest accommodation and girl hostels, deployment of women police personnel in PCR (Police Control Room) vans at vulnerable places and in areas prone to crime against women. Various initiatives have been taken to expedite investigation of crimes against women. The process for recruitment of 155 women sub-inspectors and 1434 women constables is on and these women police officials expected to join Delhi Police in 2014-15.
  • 36 lakh people are receiving benefits under National Food Security Act. All eligible beneficiaries will be covered under Food Security Scheme All the 300 vehicles deployed for transportation will be covered by a GPS – RFID (Global Positioning System – Radio Frequency Identification) to prevent leakage
  • Propose to give old age pension to additional 40000 cases pending for last few years. I propose to increase plan outlay under Pension to Senior Citizens from Rs. 538 crore in 2013-14 to Rs. 600 crore in 2014-15.
  • Proposed to set up three more new homes for mentally challenged persons at different locations in Delhi.
  • At present two working women hostels constructed by the Government of NCT of Delhi at Rohini and Vishwas Nagar are there.It is proposed to set up six more such working women hostels under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

Housing & Urban Development

  • At present 185 night shelters are operational in Delhi. Land has been purchased for construction of seven more night shelters. They will be constructed in the current financial year. Endeavour that all homeless have adequate shelter and basic facilities available to them.
  • The Government of NCT of Delhi will endeavour to provide toilet facilities to all slum dwellers in Delhi in the current financial year.
  • The Government of NCT of Delhi is constructing about 58064 EWS houses under JNNURM, out of which 14844 EWS houses have been completed. Steps are being taken to complete the remaining EWS Houses.
  • Development of unauthorized colonies and their regularization is one of the major challenges. Government of NCT of Delhi will provide essential services in unauthorized colonies in a time bound manner. Piped water supply system will be provided in 50 unauthorized colonies and sewerage system will be laid in 95 unauthorized colonies and a Plan Outlay of Rs.711 crore is allocated
  • Plan Outlay of Rs.2154 crore for the Housing & Urban Development Sector during 2014-15.

Water Supply

  • The treated and safe water supply capacity could not be increased in Delhi since 2007, although the population has been increasing each year. Following programmes to be taken up.
  • The pucca parallel channel from Munak to Haiderpur is made functional after resolving the issue with Haryana Government. This will make available 80 MGD (Million Gallons per Day) raw water for newly constructed water treatment plants at Dwarka (40 MGD), Okhla (20 MGD) and Bawana (20 MGD) for a population of about 35 lakhs living in South, South-West, West and North-West parts of Delhi.
  • Construction of long pending Renuka Dam would be taken up on priority with an initial sum of Rs.50 crore for this purpose.
  • Complete renovation and modernization of Chandrawal Water Treatment Plant at a cost of Rs.2018 crore and Wazirabad Water Treatment Plant at a cost of Rs.2243 crore under Externally Aided Project (EAP) to be partly funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) respectively.
  • Small sized decentralized drinking water Reverse Osmosis (RO) based plants will be set up and drinking water will be made available through water Automated Teller Machines (ATM). About 500 ATMs supported with ground water / tanker services in 2014-15.
  • Plan Outlay of Rs.1249.20 crore for the Water Supply sector in 2014-15.  

Sanitation & Control of Pollution in Yamuna

  • Ensure development of Yamuna and tackle the issue of its pollution. Sewerage Treatment Plants (STP) at Pappan Kalan, Nilothi, Yamuna Vihar and Delhi Gate will be commissioned by the end of this year. The sewerage treatment capacity will increase from the present level of 604 MGD to 684 MGD. Old STP and their allied infrastructure at Kondli, Rithala and Okhla shall be rehabilitated under Yamuna Action Plan (YAP-III).
  • A 40 MGD STP is planned with technical support of Singapore Government for achieving tertiary quality of treated effluent. This treated effluent is proposed to be discharged into Yamuna river at Palla, so as to have more raw water and lifted at Wazirabad Water Treatment Plant (WTP) for treatment.
  • The laying of interceptor sewer along with three major drains at a cost of Rs.1976 crore will be completed in phases by June, 2015.
  • Source National and international technical expertise by Government of NCT of Delhi for ecological rejuvenation of the Yamuna River and beautification of Riverbanks in Delhi.
  • Plan Outlay of Rs.750.80 crore for the Sewerage Sector during 2014-15. 

Transport

  • Procurement of new 1380 semi-low floor buses for DTC.
  •  DTC will introduce an automated fare collection system through electronic ticketing machines and card readers.
  • Add 400 new Cluster Buses making a fleet of about 1600 Cluster Buses during this financial year.
  • All Regional Offices of the Transport Department renovated and modernized
  • The Inter State Bus Terminals (ISBT) at Sarai Kale Khan and Anand Vihar are functioning without suitable infrastructure. New Inter State Bus Terminals at these two sites will be developed.
  • The work on construction of phase-II of elevated corridor over Barapullah Nullah at a cost of Rs. 533 crore is in progress. This elevated corridor will further be extended from Sarai Kale Khan to Mayur Vihar under phase – III.
  • Construction of some of the selected flyovers will be taken up on priority.
  • Plan Outlay of Rs. 3702 crore for the Transport Sector during 2014-15.

Energy

  • Improve the transmission and distribution network. Delhi Transco Limited (DTL) to commission a new 400 kV sub-station at Harsh Vihar and 220 KV GIS (Gas Insulated Switchgear) sub-station at PeeraGarhi. Take up the construction of three new 220 KV GIS sub-stations at Papankalan, Tughlakabad and Rajghat Power House in the current financial year.
  • Sort out the issue of adequate gas supply at reasonable cost to the 1500 MW Gas Turbine Station commissioned at Bawana.
  • Under Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Management Programme, Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) plant of 335 kWp (kilowatt peak) at eight locations and 100 kWp SPV plant at Vikas Bhawan – II commissioned. Further, 130 kWp SPV plant at ISBT Kashmere Gate under installation. SPV plants of 10 kWp at Delhi Secretariat and 25 kWp at four Government hospitals and 10 kWp SPV plant at four Government schools will be taken up in the current year.
  • To develop New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area as a solar city under the scheme of Development of Solar cities of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
  • Propose power subsidy of Rs. 260 crore for the domestic consumers to provide relief to the targeted consumers on account of increase in tariff by DERC yesterday.  The modalities will be worked out by the Government of NCT of Delhi.
  • Plan Outlay of Rs. 675 crore for the Energy Sector during 2014-15.
  • Provided₹200 crore for power reforms and Rs.500 crore for water reforms in NCT of Delhi.
  • No new tax or increase in the present tax rates in the budget of the Government of NCT of Delhi.

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