The "green" Delhi budget 2018-19, presented on Thursday, has a 26-point programme for fighting pollution, including 1,000 electric buses and subsidies for switching to non-polluting fuel, while education and health continued to get the lion's share of allocations.
In the past, the AAP government has presented an "education and health budget' and "outcome budget".
Unveiling the green budget on Thursday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, "We are going to thread 26 programmes and schemes of transport, power, environment and PWD for devising a unified system of pollution control, bringing down levels of different pollutants".
In education which accounts for 26% of the total budget allocation, the government proposes to build 12,748 classrooms and 30 new schools.
Government will also launch a incentivised pilot Agriculture-cum-Solar Farm scheme, under which solar panels will be installed on raised structures on agricultural farms without affecting the normal farming activities.
Terming the Budget 2017-18 a "hollow" with manipulated statistics, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said that the aspirations of the people has not been fulfilled. He said the number of average students in technical institutions which used to be 5000 had now come down to 3718, and the number has slumped from 760 to 441 in polytechnics and from 665 to 341 at the World Skill Centre.
He said a "health insurance for all" scheme will be launched and Rs 100 crore has been allocated for it, adding first response vehicle will also be launched from East Delhi with 16 bike ambulances.
Around 200-250 cameras to be installed in each school so parents can see their children through live-streaming. With the party staring at the possibility of a by-election for 20 legislative seats and the Arvind Kejriwal government receiving flak for being unable to implement measures to curb pollution over the last two years, the subject that has gained thrust in the governance model of the Arvind Kejriwal-led government that has so far stuck to directeing resources towards public health and improving standards of government schools in the capital. He also noted that Rs 1,000 crore was allotted for fix of roads under municipal corporations and Rs 100 crore for those in markets.
Budget of Rs 10 crore was also proposed for self defence classes for girls. Tackling pollution has been a big problem in Delhi and this budget has focused on that.