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PWD, transport lag in report card

PWD, transport lag in report card

New Delhi:

Presenting the status report of the outcome budget 2019-20 in the assembly on Monday, Delhi government said most of its schemes in education, health, social welfare and power sectors were on track. However, the report card gave 47% to transport and 39% to public works department projects while the urban development department fared slightly better at 50%.

The outcome budget was introduced in 2017-18 as a budgetary tool to regularly measure the progress of various projects for which funds have been allocated. It was expected that the periodic review of performance using the criteria of “on track” and “off track” would prod the departments to try to outdo each other.

The departments submit quarterly reports, which are analysed to take necessary steps to expedite the projects. The move was also aimed at bringing transparency due to periodic checks.

The outcome budget 2019-20 combined all major departments and agencies into eight major sectors and 567 schemes and projects were covered by it.

Of the 209 indicators for the directorate of education, 71% were on track and only 9% off track. Among the schemes was the new entrepreneurship development programme, which benefitted seven lakh schoolstudents till December. Another was the happiness curriculum, which has been implemented in all government schools and benefitted alomst 8 lakh students. A total of 54,765 teachers have been given tablets to record attendance of students and exam-related data, and access teaching-leaning material. CCTV cameras are being installed at all government schools. Out of the 728 school buildings, the work has been completed at 254.

For the health department, 77% of the 1,558 indicators were on track. The government has opened 451 mohalla clinics against the target of 530, which have treated 55 lakh patients. In all, 2.1 crore patients availed of healthcare services at 32 Delhi government hospitals between April and December 2019.

The social welfare department has met 78% of the total 230 indicators while the women and child development department has managed to achieve an even better report card with 81% of the 192 indicators being on track.

Delhi Jal Board, which is entrusted with the supply of water, has 59% of the 194 indicators on track. It has connected 1,565 unauthorised colonies with water pipelines till December as compared to 1,374 in 2018-19.

The power department is on track in 64% of the 113 indicators, the environment department in 63% of the 122 indicators and the forest department in 73% of the 105 indicators.

Several projects for constructing flyovers, roads and bus depots got delayed as the Supreme Court extended the ban on the activity in 2019 due to air pollution, a government source claimed.

The outcome budget has helped most departments pinpoint the issues and obstacles and resolve the same in a timely manner, the report stated, adding that inter-departmental coordination had also improved.