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Delhi Budget Speech 2015-16 of Shri Manish Sisodia (Dy.Chief Minister) - Called it First Swaraj Budget of the country.

Delhi Budget Speech 2015-16 of Shri Manish Sisodia (Dy.Chief Minister) - Called it First Swaraj Budget of the country. - Dated:- 30-6-2015 - Hon ble Speaker Sir, I rise to present the Budget for the financial year 2015-16. 2. Sir, it is a matter of great privilege and happiness to announce that this is the first Swaraj Budget of the Country. 3. In March, 2015, at the time of seeking the Vote on Account from this august House, I had submitted that Government intended to have a relook into the bud .....

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at citizens find a voice in the way they want to develop this city. 4. Until now the budget preparation exercise was confined to the premises of the Delhi Secretariat. However, this time a series of citywide assemblies were conducted, where residents identified developmental works and voted on which priorities to implement. It is a democratic process in which citizens directly decide how to spend part of the public budget. This exercise will enable the citizens of Delhi to work with the governme .....

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sible suggestions in preparation of this Budget. I express my gratitude to the people of Delhi. They deserve accolades from this august House for partnering with us as principal stakeholder in the development process of the city. It is their valuable inputs and suggestions that has been the foundation of this budget and is reflected in all most all the announcements that I shall make soon. 6. In the last 130 days of our Government, significant measures have been taken for betterment of the life .....

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dustry sectors. 7. Our Government has embarked on city governance and delivery of public services in a most transparent and efficient manner. Public awareness campaign has been started to sensitize people of Government s commitment to weed out graft and to make Delhi the first corruption-free State. Anti-graft helpline has been re-launched to enable the public to raise their voice against corruption. I appeal to the citizens to come forward and assist in achieving this commitment of our Governme .....

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ation in Delhi during 2014-15 was 6.6% as compared to 8.3% in Mumbai, 6.1% in Kolkata and 6.4% at the national level. 10. Government is constantly monitoring prices of essential commodities. Efforts will be made through timely market intervention to control the prices. For the first time, Government of Delhi has decided to create buffer stock of onion & potato and will release it in the market during scarcity of the commodity. Financial Position 11. Speaker Sir, during 2014-15 Delhi was depr .....

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₹ 26604 crore in 2014-15 against ₹ 25919 crore during 2013-14. The negative growth of real estate sector is also one of the reasons for an adverse impact on the collection of Stamps and Registration Fee. In case of VAT, State Excise and Motor Vehicle Tax, growth of 2.03 per cent, 8.59 per cent and 10.61 per cent respectively was registered during 2014-15. 12. At constant prices, Delhi s economy grew at the rate of 8.2% during last year compared to 7.3% growth at national level. Whil .....

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his context that the per capita income at national level is ₹ 87,748. Delhi s economy has a predominant service sector with a share of 87.48% of GSDP followed by industry and agriculture sectors. 14. The Fourteenth Central Finance Commission has recommended increased devolution of Central Taxes to States from 32% to 42%. Delhi being excluded from the terms of reference of the Finance Commission is deprived of the benefit from this recommendation, although Delhi has a separate consolidated .....

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the year 2014-15. This includes ₹ 13984 crore as Plan Expenditure and ₹ 16956 crore as Non-Plan Expenditure against Revised Estimates of ₹ 16350 crore and ₹ 18440 crore Plan and Non-Plan respectively. Budget Estimates 2015-16 16. Sir, I have presented the estimates of receipts and expenditure for the year 2015-16 while seeking Vote on Account for the current year. After that we invited suggestions on Delhi Budget from the public and we received a large number of suggesti .....

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0 crore Non-Plan expenditure approved in the Vote on Account. The proposed Plan Budget of ₹ 19000 crore is 16 per cent higher than the Revised Estimates of ₹ 16350 crore in 2014-15. The total budget of ₹ 41129 crore in 2015-16 is 18 per cent higher than the Revised Estimates of ₹ 34790 crore in 2014-15. 18. The Estimates of total Receipts in 2015-16 is ₹ 41500 crore which is ₹ 3731 crore more than the Receipts of ₹ 37769 crore approved in the Vote on Acc .....

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e, ₹ 163 crore Externally Aided Projects, ₹ 325 crore share in central taxes and the remaining amount from the opening balance. 20. The share in central taxes and duties of NCT of Delhi, which is given by the Government of India, is at ₹ 325 crore for this financial year and has remained stagnant since the last 14 years. In spite the increased devolution of central taxes to states by Government of India from 32 to 42 %, there has been no increase in devolution of Central taxes .....

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which is 14.4 per cent of the total Budget. Moreover, in view of poor financial position of North and East Municipal Corporations, we propose to give time to Corporations to set their houses in order by giving them moratorium on loan repayment. We will not follow the practice of previous regimes of recovering principal and interest of the outstanding loan liabilities in 2015-16 from the grants to the Corporations. 23. The total financial support includes ₹ 2850 crore as a share in our tax .....

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ss of what they otherwise used to receive from the Government of NCT of Delhi in earlier years by this time of the year. We are in constant dialogue with them to encourage them to increase their resources and to rationalize their ever burgeoning expenditures. We have also approached the Central Government to help us to help the Municipal Corporations. I appeal to the Municipal Corporations through this August House to streamline their functioning so that Civic management does not suffer and peop .....

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nt, enhanced participation and integration of society, forming an active and mobilized citizenship. The objective of participatory budgeting is to provide the right to the citizens in decision making so that utilization of public funds may be according to their wishes. Sir, I highlighted at the commencement of my speech that this Budget is the first Swaraj Budget of India. 26. Sir, a new initiative Swaraj Fund is proposed to be created enabling the citizens in selection and implementation of pro .....

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gh village panchayat, but they haven t seen the light of the day. If democracy is to be instituted in its pure form, then funds, functions and functionaries of the government need to be monitored by and accountable to the citizens. I can assure the Members of this House that beginning of the Swaraj Fund will prove to be a distinctive milestone in functioning of real democracy in the Country. Each of the 70 Assembly Constituencies will be assigned a fixed amount in the coming years under Swaraj F .....

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e country, therefore we have lay down some new procedures and systems. We have planned to implement it in all 70 Assembly Constituencies . However, in the first year this is being taken up in 11 Assembly Constituencies. Mohalla Meetings were organized in these 11 Constituencies to know their requirements. 40 - 50 Mohalla Meetings were organized in each Assembly Constituency which were attended by voters of the area. Citizens decided their priorities of developmental works by a process of voting .....

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drains, renovation of parks or street lights, but in reality none of the agencies take ownership of these public works. I am surprised to see that departments like the Irrigation & Flood Control Department, which are responsible for major works like flood control and irrigation, have been assigned the work of construction of small street drains in unauthorized colonies. Whereas the same work in unauthorized colonies has also been assigned to Municipal Corporations, PWD and DSIIDC. This statu .....

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j Fund and works recommended by Hon ble Members under MLA Fund . In addition, this new agency will also play a vital role in providing basic civic services and their improvement in unauthorized colonies and rural areas. 28. For better administrative control and supervision, Delhi Urban Development Agency (DUDA) in each district will be headed by the District Magistrate and who will be assisted by a team of engineers. It will facilitate in improving the accountability, efficiency and transparency .....

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n take authenticated copies of certificates any number of times. 30. To give better access of Government services to the citizens, 12 Sub Registrar Offices have been modernized as e-Sub Registrar Offices and 3 more are under process. Payment of Court Fee has been made online for High Court and District Courts. 31. Wi-Fi is a major initiative in making Delhi a technologically advanced city. It has been identified in our interactions whether with the youth, traders, students, housewives or farmers .....

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ore is proposed in 2015-16. 32. Ease of doing business is a term that has been loosely used and conveniently interpreted to suit the circumstances. This government fully understands the contours and objectives of ease of doing business and thereby an empowered committee has been constituted. This Committee, among other things, shall review the existing licensing system and will suggest measures to simplify the process of issuance and renewal of licenses done by various agencies of the Government .....

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anizations and other Governments of the World, this Government is setting up a cell in Finance & Planning Department. The Delhi International Cooperation Unit will act as a Nodal Agency for creating institutional capacity within our Government for developing external ties and to avail best of the technical expertise from around the world. Education 34. Speaker Sir, education is of utmost priority to this Government. We believe that education is the first step towards development and prosperi .....

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for the first time in the country, any government is increasing its education budget by 106% i.e. more than double. This in itself is a proof of the priority given by our Government to education. I want to make it clear that our proposal on education placed before this august House is not to simply spend this amount, but is an investment in the happiness and prosperity of our future generations. 35. Sir, the proposal to double the budget in the education sector is a historic step. Our governmen .....

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t for students, so that in twenty years of education, we impart value education to the students along with the requisite skills. 36. The Government is working at different levels: to improve the quality of education in all government schools in Delhi, to create a learning environment in classes, to make education useful for life, to ensure requisite facilities and dignity to teachers. On one hand, teachers are being given training on value education as well as on the value of education. On the o .....

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s in these 50 schools, we will extend them to all the Delhi government schools. 37. The student-teacher ratio in government schools of Delhi is a matter of grave concern. If a teacher has to teach a class of 80-100 students, it is but natural that the standard of education will deteriorate. We hope to recruit 20,000 regular teachers by the end of year, which will help improve this ratio. 38. While we reiterate our commitment to provide facilities in government schools and ensure dignity to our t .....

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f these, construction work is in full swing for 20 schools buildings, working plans have been prepared for 25 schools and land has been identified for 38 schools. In these 83 buildings, 166 schools can be started in two shifts. In addition, 70 schools have been identified which are presently operating in single shift, but we propose to start the second shift in these schools to cater to the large number of students. 41. In Delhi, there are many unaided non-government schools, which are run by va .....

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f complaints relating to admission and fees in private schools, Government is proposing amendments in Delhi School Education Act & Rules, 1973. A proposal to make the process of admission and fee determination transparent will be brought before this House. 42. In addition to basic education, the government plans to substantially expand vocational education and skill development at school level itself. In the coming times, it is planned to give two certificates in the hands of every student w .....

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velopment and vocational courses, along with certificate courses. Delhi government is planning to set up a Skill University for following laid down standards and policy in all vocational and skill development diploma/degree courses. The skill development programmes being run by various departments viz. Tourism, Urban Development, Industries, Technical Education and School Education would be brought under a common umbrella. There is a proposal for expansion of the World Class Skill Centre started .....

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rease in the intake capacity of each existing government polytechnic by 100 is proposed. This will be done by introducing Diploma in Vocational Education in the academic year 2015-16, for which approval of AICTE has already been obtained. Bachelor s degree in vocational courses would also be introduced in existing polytechnics complexes. 46. Provision of ₹ 310 crore is proposed for skill development programmes and for promotion of vocational education in the Budget 2015-16. 47. Constructio .....

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olleges to promote research and development, to nurture new business ideas and technology and to convert these ideas into commercially viable products/services. Delhi will be made an attractive destination for setting up of new ventures that will increase employment and business activities in Delhi. 49. To ensure that no student of Delhi remains deprived of higher education or skill education due to financial reasons, Delhi Government is the first in the country to start a Higher Education & .....

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vernment guarantee for students education loans. 50. We will upgrade Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology into a University. This will give an impetus to the plans of the Institute for both academic expansion, and research and development. The present student strength of 3000 will be enhanced to 12000 over a period of five years. Additional funds have been earmarked for development of the Campus. Health 51. Sir, Poor healthcare infrastructure in Delhi is a major bottleneck in the prosperity and .....

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tructure, our Government have undertaken a detailed review of all new hospital projects under construction. To match the hospital bed requirement with the population of Delhi, our Government has taken a major policy initiative in respect of these new hospital projects. After detailed consultation, both with construction agencies and hospital management agencies, we propose to enhance the hospital bed capacity of these new hospitals. Accordingly, Hospital-cum-Medical College at Dwarka, planned fo .....

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. 53. The Government is planning to purchase 10 new plots at Mehrauli-Mahipalpur, Pitampura, Mandwali-Fazalpur, Geeta Colony, Pandav Nagar, and Dwarka from DDA for augmenting the health infrastructure. There is a plan to remodel and upgrade eleven existing hospitals so as to add 4000 more beds in next two years. A Budget provision of ₹ 210 crore is proposed in the current financial year for the purchase of plots and to start the expansion work. 54. Government is planning to set up Mohalla .....

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ings at Molarband (Gautampuri), Madanpur Khadar Phase-I, Madanpur Khadar Phase-II, Bindapur Pocket- III, School Block Shakarpur, Rohini Sector-IV, Rohini Sector-XXI and Sawda Ghevra has been completed. 56. The PPP project for providing free dialysis to poor patients suffering from kidney failure with 40 units have been made functional at Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital and Lok Nayak Hospital. Further, 35 more units will be setup in the current financial year. 57. The existing fleet of CAT .....

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Government is supplementing the Universal Immunisation Programme by implementing the Indradhanush Kawach in a mission mode to cover all left out children. 61. Issuance of individualized health card to general public for registration and treatment at different Hospitals of Delhi Govt. is planned. Health Data record of each patient shall be saved and maintained digitally. 62. In addition to present health facilities, free medicine will be provided to the citizens of Delhi through charitable clinic .....

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ouncil of India is being perused vigorously. 65. Indigenous systems of medicine of Ayurveda, naturopathy, Homeopathy and Unani Medical System shall be promoted. 66. To ensure food safety and to prevent food adulteration, Government has opened a Facilitation Centre for registration of Food Business Operators and the entire process for issuance of license has been made online to reduce transaction cost and enhance transparency. Around 34000 registration / licenses were issued so far to the Food Bu .....

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public transport trumps the cost and difficulty of using a private vehicle. 68. I have talked of Smart city and to my mind a smart city is one which focuses on moving people rather than vehicles. It is a city which makes mobility accessible and affordable. It is a city where people walk and cycle without fear of being run over, a city which disseminates information about travel and traffic so that they can plan their trips. It is a city where public space is distributed equitably rather than it .....

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floor buses, 500 midibuses under DTC and around 1000 more buses under Cluster scheme will be deployed by the end of 2016. We propose to bring 10,000 buses of different specifications, to meet the differentiated needs of commuters, from the private sector under the PPP Cluster scheme. To do so we will need about 500 acres of land for bus depots from DDA. Our Government is in discussion with Ministry of Urban Development for allotment of free land for bus depots. Mere accretion in numbers of buses .....

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ed. 72. The six corridors in Phase-III Metro project has a plan for expansion of 117.57 Km of Metro Rail network in Delhi. Two corridors of Phase-III in Delhi are likely to be completed in the current financial year. The line from Central Secretariat to ITO has been made operational in June, 2015 and upto Kashmere Gate will be completed by March, 2016. The corridor from Jahangirpuri to Badli will also be completed during this financial year. The corridors from Mukandpur - Shiv Vihar, Janakpuri W .....

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been started in the current financial year. 74. The composite project of Corridor Improvement from Vikaspuri to Wazirabad , consisting of elevated roads and flyovers will be completed in the current financial year. It will facilitate the signal free movement of the traffic in this stretch of 20 Km of Outer Ring Road. About 75% of the overall work of Signature Bridge has been completed. This bridge will be opened for traffic by June, 2016. 75. A project Construction of Parallel Flyover at RTR Jun .....

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rivers from the Air Ambiance Fund as these vehicles are environment friendly. 77. Land use planning and transportation are intricately and intimately related. UTTIPEC is represented only by bureaucrats and consequently the voice of the people is not audible enough. I exhort the Government of India that if Delhi has to survive as a healthy, livable, equitable city, it is imperative that land use planning be handed over to Delhi Government so that the conception of a developed city is not the imag .....

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ment. Women Empowerment & Security 79. Women safety & security is high on the agenda of our Government. We are committed to ensure women s safety in Delhi. I propose a number of new initiatives for their safety. Commuters especially women need to feel safe in travelling by the buses in Delhi. We propose to install CCTV cameras in all DTC and Cluster buses. A pilot scheme for installation of CCTV cameras in 200 DTC buses has already been launched. Delhi Government has decided to depute ma .....

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vehicles including taxis and autos to install GPS for tracking of the vehicle. For this alone, we propose ₹ 160 crore under plan funds in the current year. 80. It has been made compulsory for the drivers and conductors of all passenger service vehicles to attend the gender sensitization programme at the time of annual renewal of their vehicles road worthiness inspection. 81. There is acute shortage of working women hostels in the city. The Government is planning to construct six Working Wo .....

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y 1200 children living in the Government run Homes/ Institutions are to be provided vocational training for skill upgradation and earning of livelihood in collaboration with National Skill Development Council. 84. This Government is committed towards welfare of women and children and will make determined efforts in providing community support and health education to young mothers and supplementary nutrition and preschool education to small children up to the age of six years. We will shift the A .....

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Anganwadi Centers with crèche facilities particularly in slums, JJ clusters and rehabilitation colonies. Further to encourage the Anganwadi workers and Helpers in carrying out upgradation of Anganwadi Centers and better management of pre-school education facilities, the Government proposes to enhance the honorarium of Anganwadi Workers. Social Security & Welfare 85. Government is making all out efforts for transparent and efficient implementation of financial assistance programmes be .....

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Age Homes is proposed to be started in the current year at Kanti Nagar, Chittranjan Park, Rohini, Paschim Vihar and Chattarpur. 87. For the welfare of disadvantaged groups, hostel for college going blind boy s students will be constructed at Kingsway Camp and blind girl students at Timarpur. A mega project for setting up of an integrated complex for mentally challenged persons is planned at Narela. 88. In recognition of the sacrifice made by Defence Personnel, Paramilitary Force Personnel while .....

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at the rate of ₹ 20000 per acre to compensate the crop damage caused due to climate inflicted reasons. 90. Speaker Sir, workers of unorganized sector at present are not getting social security and benefits, although they constitute a major chunk of our total workforce. Registration of these workers shall be undertaken under the Unorganized Workers Social Security Act by setting up of Workers Facilitation Centres all over Delhi. These Centres shall carry out registration, guide workers for .....

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ugh PoS Device during the current year in order to ensure more transparent distribution of food grains to eligible households. Water Supply & Sanitation 92. Sir, our Government is committed to provide piped drinking water supply to each household. Still more than 800 unauthorized colonies depend on water tankers to meet their daily water requirements. Piped water supply will be extended to all these unauthorized colonies in Delhi in a time bound manner in the next three years. Work will be c .....

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ater treatment will be set up in Iradatnagar and existing water treatment plants at Chandrawal and Wazirabad will be rehabilitated to increase the water production further to meet the rising demand of the city. 94. To further augment the water availability, our government intends to use the treated effluent water of our Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) which are producing 410 MGD water out of which only 150 MGD is being utilized. A new plan scheme has been prepared to lay the necessary trunk netwo .....

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ny underground reservoirs were commissioned taking piped water supply to a number of new colonies and villages in the command area of Dwarka and Bawana Water Treatment Plants. 96. Sir, although water and sewer services have been extended to many unauthorized colonies, the residents have not been coming forward to take connections due to high development charges. This has lead to nonutilization of existing infrastructure and denial of services to the people of these colonies. Therefore, to meet t .....

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377; 18,000 to ₹ 3300. 97. Our Government has been able to take effective action against the tanker mafia by use of information technology for effective, continuous and strict monitoring of water tankers. More than 400 tankers have been fitted with GPS and water sensors and their movement is being monitored continuously through a web based system. A new portal has been launched for Public Monitoring of Water Tankers enabling people to track the water tankers, find out estimated time of arr .....

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Prabandhan Yojana will be launched to involve the community in management of water and sewerage services in a decentralized manner. 99. Sir, reducing pollution in river Yamuna and its rejuvenation is one of the priorities of our government. A major project costing ₹ 3,656 crore has been prepared to provide sewerage services in uncovered areas and to prevent flow of wastewater in Najafgarh and Supplementary drains. The project will involve setting up of 15 new STPs, 3 new Sewage Pumping St .....

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ackages of the project have been partially commissioned and the remaining packages will also be commissioned in next one year. Interception of waste water and its treatment in the nearest STP will bring down the pollution load in the Yamuna river significantly. 101. The sewage treatment capacity has been increased from 590 MGD to 684 MGD with the commissioning of 6 new sewage treatment plants. The work of rehabilitation of STP at Okhla, Kondli and Rithala has also been planned to improve the qua .....

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it is targeted to increase gas based power generation in various plants to 1 lakh units per day. Generation of solar power in all the water and sewer treatment plants will be taken up on PPP mode. Possibilities of generating hydro power wherever feasible are also being explored. 103. Information technology will be used in a big way to provide water and sewer services to citizens in efficient and citizen friendly manner. A mobile app will be launched for Self Meter Reading and Bill Generation by .....

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o work towards providing affordable housing to the poor living in the slum clusters. About 23000 Economically Weaker Section (EWS) houses have already been constructed and about 29000 EWS houses are under different stages of construction. A Policy would be announced shortly for the purpose of allotment of these houses. 106. We believe that a dignified place to stay and means to livelihood is fundamental to human need and existence. Our Slum redevelopment policy framework would be practical and h .....

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lum dwellers wherever they are residing or close to their place of work, as far as feasible. We shall bring out a Policy framework for development of Slum clusters and to provide In-situ development of Slum clusters. 107. Sir, our Government is also conscious of the fact that though Delhi is growing very rapidly, there is a pressing need to decongest the mega city. Already we have initiated a dialogue with the Government of India in this regard and we shall take steps to decongest Delhi. We woul .....

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have already resolved in the DUSIB that original allottees and their legal heirs will get freehold rights at the rate of ₹ 10,000 per square metre and all others at the rate of ₹ 50,000 per square metre. This will give them great support and relief from exploitation. 109. Our Government is committed to protecting the interests of vast majority of residents of Unauthorized colonies. We will ensure that the people are able to transact in their assets legally and register their propert .....

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boundaries of these colonies can be determined. Thereafter, layout plans shall be sent to Municipal Corporations for approval. The mapping of development works already carried out and required to be carried out in unauthorized colonies will be done, so that decision on undertaking new development works in these colonies can be prioritized. 111. To check unauthorized construction in future in Delhi, GSDL will provide satellite image data on a regular interval to Revenue Department clearly markin .....

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nment had delivered on the commitment of reducing of the electricity bills of households across Delhi within days of assuming office. We would also like to ensure through this august house, to the people of Delhi that unscheduled power outages will be dealt with sternly by way of imposition of heavy penalty. 114. Major task for the Government is to meet the continuously increasing power demand so as to ensure reliable and quality power supply at a reasonable cost. Keeping in view high growth in .....

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d sub-stations and transmission lines. 116. Government will provided matching contribution under the new scheme Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS), launched by Government of India. Objective is to strengthen the sub-transmission and distribution network in urban areas, metering of distribution / feeders and transformers etc. in urban areas and roof top solar panels. 117. The Energy Efficiency and Renewal Energy Management Centre has prepared comprehensive Rooftop Solar Policy for Delhi a .....

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ndustries 120. Government has taken up the programme to simplify procedure for setting up of new business units in Delhi through a number of new initiatives. Under the e- Biz Project for Ease of Doing Business, steps are proposed to simplify the process of getting license and other clearances hassle free for starting business. Seven services of five departments for grant of clearances have been clubbed and linked to the e-Biz Portal of Government of India and twenty two more services are to be i .....

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about 2076 Eco-clubs are functioning in schools & colleges. A project for setting up of Treatment Storage and Disposal Facility (TSDF) for disposal of hazardous waste has been planned for which 14 acre of land of North DMC has been given to DSIIDC. TSM survey of Central and Southern Ridge is proposed to be taken up in the current year. In order to facilitate ease of doing business, agencies can apply online for tree cutting permission. 124. Our Government is also acutely aware that lakhs of .....

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challenge. We are planning to check it so as to improve the hygienic conditions, provide better civic services to the urban poor and ensure clean environment. A massive programme for construction of public toilets is being taken up through DUSIB. About 4000 additional WC seats at 53 slum clusters, 130 pre fab WC seats at 4 slum clusters and 67 Mobile Toilet Vans with bio-digesters are proposed to be made available in the current financial year. 126. Setting up of waste to energy plants is being .....

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city experiences due to entry of commercial vehicles from bordering States, I shall make a proposal in the part B of my speech. 128. Pollution Under Control (PUC) Monitoring Centers will function on real time online basis from July, 2015, which will avoid manual interference particularly with regards to tampering of data and willful mis-reporting. Transport Department will conduct special drive to ensure proper implementation Pollution Under Control (PUC). 129. Owners of newly purchased Battery .....

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elers cost more than ₹ 20,000/- but upto ₹ 25,000/- 2000 5 2 Wheelers cost more than ₹ 25,000/- 5500 130. I propose to provide one time fixed subsidy of ₹ 15,000/- to Battery Operated e-rickshaw owner, authorized by Transport Department and registered with Registering Authority of Transport Department. An individual can claim subsidy only on one e-Rickshaw, that is no subsidy shall be allowed on subsequent purchases by the same individual. 131. Government is committed to .....

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B of my speech. [PART B] 133. Speaker Sir, I have already enumerated the policies of the government with special emphasis on education and health sector. This government is committed to the upliftment and welfare of the poor, underprivileged and those at the bottom of the pyramid. Therefore I have tried to strike a careful balance between the requirements to mobilize more resources to fulfill the commitments made by this Government and to ensure that tax proposals do not have an adverse bearing .....

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g with the tax rates, barring a few clarifications to remove ambiguity in case of a certain items. We do not want to alter tax rates without due thought and analysis. We are against playing to the galleries because of a tradition that Finance Ministers have raised or reduced taxes on items in the budget. We wish to collect and mine data, do data analytics, have mutli-level consultations and studies before proposing modifications in the rate regime. 137. We are also moving towards uniform tax reg .....

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we shall collect ₹ 24000 crore through VAT, which is 69.3% of the total revenue collections of the government. We have also noticed a growth of 37.6% in VAT collection in the last two months. 139. Most of industrial inputs are taxed @ 5% under Entry No. 84 of the third schedule of the Delhi Value Added Tax Act, 2004. Woods & timber are inputs for furniture. Accordingly, I propose to reduce the rate of VAT on wood & timber from 12.5% to 5%. 140. Different tax rates on an item with i .....

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tems belong to the same family, it is proposed to reduce rate of tax on all utensils and cutlery items made of metals (including pressure cookers/pans) to 5% except those made of precious metals. 143. Speaker Sir, I am not proposing any enhancement in tax rates. We believe that tax collection will improve with effective and efficient tax administration. This Government is committed to simplifying the VAT structure to make it easier for the trader community to comply with the DVAT Rules and Regul .....

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forward and backward linkages of trade information and prevention of tax fraud by plugging the porous areas of trade. 144. Speaker Sir, this Government stands committed to ensuring clean air not only for the present generation but also for future generations. We will substantially augment availability of public transport running on clean fuel. However, the alarming level of air pollution is a cause of concern for all of us. All of us are aware that large number of heavy goods diesel vehicles, en .....

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initiatives to improve ambient air quality in Delhi. Public Transport buses and Taxies will not be imposed any congestion fee. 145. Speaker Sir, this Government in its Anti-Corruption drive has affected maximum number of arrests in Excise Department. Delhi is one of the few States which charges State Excise Duty at the Transport Permit Level and not at the Import Level. To streamline the liquor trade and eradicate corruption, this Government is shifting the point of levy of Excise Duty from Tra .....

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Restaurant is being done. Renewals will now not require licensees to file approvals of other departments. Renewal will be automatic and if, subsequently any violation of law is detected, the licensee will be dealt with severely. 146. This Government proposes to enhance the Luxury Tax from 10% to 15% for all applicable establishments. 147. Speaker Sir, an Entertainment Tax of ₹ 40/- is proposed to be levied on Cable TV/DTH Services. The Entertainment Tax on Cinema Halls is proposed to be e .....

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