Focus on education, smart governance in New Delhi Municipal Council budget

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Monday proposed to install free sanitary napkin vending machines in all secondary and senior secondary Navyug or NDMC schools

delhi Updated: Jan 15, 2018 21:22 IST
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The proposals include introduction of a student exchange programme with the states in the northeast and introduction of management automation systems in NDMC and Navyug schools.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) on Monday proposed to install free sanitary napkin vending machines in all secondary and senior secondary Navyug or NDMC schools, develop five institutions on Lodhi Road as schools of excellence and set up language labs and digital libraries this financial year.

The council announced it’s budget for the financial year 2018-19 with a focus on education and smart governance.

“The total receipts of the budget estimates (BE) 2018-19 are R3935.91 crore against R3677.24 crore provided in revised estimate (RE) 2017-18. The actual receipts in 2016-17 were R3465.20 crore,” NDMC chairman Naresh Kumar said, while presenting the budget on Monday.

The proposals include introduction of a student exchange programme with the states in the northeast and introduction of management automation systems in NDMC and Navyug schools.

Development of five NDMC schools on Lodhi Road into schools of excellence, conducting quality assessment of Navyug schools and setting up of teachers resource centre have also been proposed to be taken up in education department.

“To increase level of hygiene in girl students, sanitary napkin vending machines will be installed in the year 2018-19 in all secondary and senior secondary Navyug or NDMC schools in collaboration with HLL Lifecare Limited to dispense free sanitary napkins to girl students,” Kumar said.

It is also proposed that a 100-bed girls hostel will be constructed and attached with Navyug Girls International School for the daughters of martyrs of the paramilitary forces. The council will bear the cost of education, boarding and all other facilities for such students. It has proposed that the money for the scheme will be incurred from the smart city initiatives.

The budget proposed by the chairman also focuses on e-governance. Kumar said the council will link all the services with the mobile app ‘NDMC 311’.

“The focus of our budget is to ensure good governance using technology and improving efficiency. The idea is to rely more on digital systems and cut down use of paper. We have already introduced e-health care, smart parking, grievance system and so on, through our mobile app and, further, we will add more features in the app,” said Kumar.

“People do not have to visit the council offices after the file tracking system is enabled. They will be able to track the status of their file while sitting at home,” he said.

The goals set up for e-governance and m-governance, include rendering municipal services and grievance redressal through mobile application, mobile e-challaning, geo-tagging of public toilet units, development of software for municipal housing allotment, online road cutting permission system, online applications for electricity and water connections and online mutation of properties.

The smart city project continued to get a major portion of the civic body’s budget for the third consecutive year.

Under the Smart City project, the NDMC proposed to set up solar trees, smart roads and smart parking systems, smart bus queue shelters and smart public toilet units.

The council also announced it’s intent of improving its rank in the Swacchta standings. Last year, the NDMC area had been placed seventh in the country and first in North India.

“NDMC is planning to procure four organic waste converters of 2 metric tonnes capacity, which will to be placed at residential colonies where the segregation of waste has already been started by the residents,” the budget document stated.

More e-waste bins, mechanical road sweepers, reverse vending machines and composting pits will also be installed in such areas, as per the budget.

First Published: Jan 15, 2018 21:21 IST