“Education will comprise 25% of the Rs 69,000-crore budget:” Sisodia
The Delhi government on Tuesday allotted Rs 16,377 crore for education for the financial year 2021-22
Presenting the budget in the Delhi assembly, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said like the previous six years, education this time too will comprise 25 per cent of the Rs 69,000-crore budget.
Keeping in line with the theme of patriotism for the new budget, Sisodia said the Delhi schools will introduce a deshbhakti pathyakram (patriotic syllabus) to instill a sense of nationalism among the students.
As part of this syllabus, an entire period every day will be dedicated towards patriotism, he said.
Through deshbhakti pathyakram’, we want to ensure that every educated person should become such a hardcore patriot so that if he/she holds a government office, he should feel bad about flouting even a red light, let alone take bribes.
Every educated person must be respectful towards women, fulfill their responsibilities towards the environment, and see patriotism also in equality and brotherhood We aim to create such patriots in our schools, Sisodia, who also holds the Education portfolio, said.
He said despite the country being independent for 75 years, 95 per cent of the country’s population does not have access to quality education .
Which is why Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been insisting that education needs to be made a public movement, he said.
He also announced the establishment of a new army school and a new armed forces’ preparatory academy in the city.
There are 33 army schools in the country but Delhi does not have a single one. We will be opening Delhi’s first army school, and at the academy where besides their regular education, students will also be prepared to enter the NDA as well as the Indian army, Sisodia said.
Among the other major steps that will be undertaken by the government will be a new syllabus for classes Nursery to 8, establishment of a new Delhi school education board, and the establishment of 100 schools of excellence, he said.
He also said designing of a virtual model school had already begun. It would benefit students residing in any part of the country but want to get educated under Delhi’s education model, he added.
Additionally, the government also plans to start the country’s first teachers’ university where teachers from across the globe will be trained, the education minister said.
Delhi govt allocates Rs 1,550 crore in budget for development of unauthorised colonies
The Delhi government on Tuesday allocated Rs 1,550 crore in budget for the development of unauthorised colonies in the city.
Presenting the budget for the financial year 2021-22, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the portfolio of finance, said so far, construction work has been completed or is in progress in 1,345 out of 1,797 unauthorised colonies of Delhi.
For the development of unauthorised colonies, Rs 1,550 crore has been allocated, he said.
Sisodia lauded the efforts of Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) and said all the slums of NDMC, SDMC and EDMC have been declared ‘Open Defecation Free’. It has provided 674 Jan Suvidha Complexes with 21,586 western seats.
The deputy chief minister said in 619 slums, 10,16,531 metre of concrete pavements and 250 kilometre of drains have been constructed. Twenty-one slum development centres have also been built.
Reiterating the government’s commitment to providing ‘Jahan Jhuggi, Wahan Makaan’, Sisodia said in Sultanpuri, the work of allotting 1,060 houses to the people living in the nearby slum settlements is in the final stage.
Apart from this, the construction of 784 multistoried houses for the economically weaker section has started in Dev Nagar, Karol Bagh.
Sisodia said Rs 5,328 crore has been allocated for housing and urban development projects in 2021.
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