In the next financial year, the government’s agenda will include strengthening social security norms, development of infrastructure and reducing the hardships faced by vulnerable sections of the society.
In his address to the assembly on the first day of the last budget session of Sheila Dikshit’s third term as chief minister, Lieutenant Governor Tejendra Khanna said the government will continue to aim at “minimizing the hardship of the vulnerable sections, while ceaselessly working for vibrant economic growth”.
“In our endeavour to reach this goal, my government shall continue to address the challenges of fiscal consolidation, improving the efficiency of government, strengthening of social security and development of infrastructure,” Khanna said.
While listing the achievements of the Congress government, Khanna said there was a decisive push towards the social sectors.
“The budget provision for these sectors was about 65% of the total plan outlay for the year. The government will continue to reach out to the vulnerable sections of society and reaffirms the intention to fulfill its commitment to build a caring society,” Khanna said.
Increasing the number of susbsidised LPG cylinders from six to nine, regularisation of unauthorised colonies, and launching the kerosene-free city and Dilli Annshree Yojna were some of the schemes the L-G highlighted in his address.
Ironically, while his speech did mention the launch of round-the-clock helpline number ‘181’ for women in distress, there was no mention of the brutal gang rape of the 23-year-old paramedic on December 16 last year, who later died of her injuries at a hospital in Singapore.
The L-G said Delhi had witnessed unprecedented and sweeping changes in practically every sphere and it was “surely a better city to live in”.
“A whole generation that believes and takes for granted the Metro, low-floor buses and 24-hours electric supply and even the increased green cover as features of Delhi life, do not even realize that they were non-existent 12 years ago. The fact is that these are a result of major initiatives taken by the government over the last 15 years,” the L-G said.