AAP government first Report Card.: The AAP government in Delhi released its report card before the Delhi elections. However, it is based on its work from 2015 to 2019. It took into account various factors. Includes, Education, Healthcare, Water, and Electricity. Also, Transport, Environment and much more. So, here is a glance of how the AAP government fared for each factor:
Details on AAP government first Report Card:
Many people believe that the government has brought a revolution in the field of education. However, in 2015, there was a lack of classrooms and teachers, infrastructure was miserable. And 3 out of 4 students in class 6 were unable to read their textbooks. In 2019, new infrastructure, equipment, training of teachers, accountability of administration and transparent admissions helped achieve the ‘Education Revolution‘. Thus, people could access the same facilities as private schools at a cheaper educational fee. Hence, almost 900 students shifted from their private schools to the government Sarvodaya co-ed senior secondary school.
The current AAP government spent 22% CAGR as compared to the previous government’s 13% CAGR, on Education. Delhi’s investment in expenditure as a ratio to aggregate expenditure has risen to the highest among all states in India.
The AAP government built 761 schools between 2015-2019, and 45118 new additional classrooms. The schools have well-stocked libraries, smart classes, sports facilities, modernized laboratories, and revamped auditoriums.
The AAP government has reduced teacher vacancies by two-thirds since 2015, and restored a positive trend in student enrolment numbers year on year. The government also increased the budget for teacher training, which resulted in 1500 teachers being trained abroad and at IIMs.
Accountability and Transparency–
The Delhi government empowered School Management Committees (SMCs) through parental involvement. In fact, the AAP government brought in a lot of changes:
i. SMCs were reorganized at the end of 2 years through elections.
ii. In addition, regular training of SMC members.
iii. SMC app was introduced to help students, parents and other community members to connect directly to the decision-makers.
iv. Also, the admission process was centralized online.
v. Since the admissions happened through a computerized lottery, human intervention was removed completely. Which is leading to the elimination of corruption from the system.
vi. Single admission form in which parents could add as many schools as they wanted, saving both time and money, as well as making it hassle-free.
The expenditure on health grew faster than both its historical pace and national average. However, the AAP government spent 23% CAGR on medical and public health. As compared to 14% CAGR by the previous government. 439-489 Mohalla clinics were operational by March 2019. And 1019-1069 Mohalla Clinic sites have been identified for building beyond March 2019. In fact, the OPDs handled by the Government Healthcare Clinics have increased at double the historical rate. There has been a 46% increase in the number of patients preferring Mohalla Clinics for diagnostic tests. Healthcare has become more accessible through Delhi Arogya Kosh(DAK) Scheme. Also, the availability of beds in hospitals has enhanced through the remodelling and construction of new hospitals.
223 new unauthorized colonies connected to the main water pipeline. So, the current Delhi government multiplied yearly new metered connections by 6 times. Despite the water subsidies given by the government, DJB revenues have reversed their declining trend to increase at a rate of 9% p.a. Also, the government has approved a policy for decentralized wastewater treatment.
Delhi’s tariffs are the cheapest among the large cities in India. However, subsidy of Rs. 1700 crore has been provided in 2018-2019. Delhites pay only Rs. 500 for 400 units of consumption. Load-shedding contained to only 0.06% of total consumption. Total domestic electric consumers in Delhi have been increasing at a rate of 5.1% p.a. The Delhi Solar Policy, set in 2016, targets 2000 MW by 2025.
AAP government increased its capacity by 41% since 2015. The government is set to increase the number of buses by 51%. Multiple initiatives, such as the common mobility card, CCTV and panic buttons installed in the buses, route rationalization, and modern bus terminal facilities have been introduced and implemented for people’s benefits.
The green cover in Delhi has increased by 0.37%. Delhi’s Air Quality Monitoring network has the highest number of data capturing stations and is the first network that captures 8 prescribed parameters. In December 2016, it introduced the Graded Responsibility Action Plan(GRAP), which is a series of measures to highlight the poor, very poor, severe and alarming conditions. The use of PNG/CNG has been made mandatory in industries.
Delhi Government has launched the first phase of doorstep delivery of 40 government services to its citizens. 30 new services are to be launched at the end of February 2019.
Social Security –
Minimum wages across categories have been increased by 43%, which is the highest in India. Old-age pensions are the highest in Delhi, with the increase in the number of beneficiaries and amount. The disability pensions have been increased by Rs. 1000. Financial assistance provided under key schemes has been increased by the Government. Delhi has made a head-start for the country’s first halfway homes for people with psychiatric conditions.
Women’s Safety –
Since the reconstitution of the Delhi Commission for Women in 2015, the Commission has handled an increased workload over the past 8 years. 20 Mahila Panchayat women members are trained in legal issues, laws relevant to crimes against women, etc. 10619 complaints have been registered with the Mahila Panchayat centres from 2016 to 2018.
These were the details on AAP government first Report Card.
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