report card of 5 years of the Kejriwal government

Hello friends
The Aam Aadmi Party has completed five years (of rule) in Delhi. A lot of promises has been made
Come, let us see how many of those have been fulfilled and how much progress has been made in Delhi
Come let us produce a report card of 5 years of the Kejriwal government
In this article, I will do an analysis of education, healthcare, electricity, water, women safety, pollution
and issues like governance and economy
I will give numbers out of five in every criteria
and later we will see what is the overall score of their performance over five years
If you are unsatisfied with any of my rating or numbers, you can write it down in the comments below
Come let us begin
Let us begin with healthcare, which has been talked about a lot
The Kejriwal government had proposed a three tier healthcare model
Mohalla clinics, Polyclinics and Hospitals
All the basic needs of the people in Delhi with regard to healthcare will be met by mohalla clinics
Here, more than 100 essential medicines and more than 200 diagnostic tests can be availed by people for free
for which, earlier, the people had to queue up in private hospitals and take consultations from doctors
A lot of time and money was consumed. (This) is available for free in the mohalla clinics
If there’s a bigger problem than that, then there are polyclinics for those
And all the critical, life threatening surgeries were assigned to the hospitals
It had been promised in the manifesto that more than 1000 mohalla clinics would be set up
and more than 125 polyclinics would be set up
But in reality, only 450 mohalla clinics and 25 polyclinics were set up
The reason behind this (failure) is stated to be the problems in acquiring lands to set up mohalla clinics
The permission could not be granted due to the LG of Delhi
So the conflict that persisted between the Delhi government and the LG in the first three years
the works lay pending because of that
But work resumed quickly right after the judgement of the Supreme Court was announced
A majority of the mohalla clinics, (out of) 450 in total, were set up in the last 2 years
So, work has begun quite recently and most probably this problem will not crop up in the future
But the priority accorded to healthcare by the Delhi government is quite visible by their budget
9.5% of their budget of 2015-16 was designated for healthcare
which was then increases to 14% in 2019-20
Due to which you could say that the mohalla clinic model was successful
In fact it has been so successful
that Madhya Pradesh has decided to adopt and implement it in its state
It was so revolutionary that the former Secretary General of United Nations praised it
The former director of the World Health Organization praised it
The ex Prime Minister of Norway praised it
Additionally, another useful scheme that the government had brought in was that
if you are getting any critical, life threatening surgery done in a state government hospital,
and that hospital puts you on a waiting list of more than 30 days,
then you can get your treatment done in any private hospital for free
The government of Delhi will bear the cost for it
So in my opinion, keeping these reasons in mind, in the matter of healthcare, the Kejriwal government gets
5 out of 5
But some of you might say that they deserve a 4 out of 5
because they did not set up as many mohalla clinics as promised
But in my opinion, it is not their fault that there was a constant, ongoing with the LG
With regard to water, they had promised in the 2015 manifesto
that 20,000 litres of free water would be given to every family every month
And they did as they had said
They have kept their promise over the past five years, due to which
Today, 13 lakh household incur a Zero rupee water bill
But they had also promised a piped water supply to jhuggi jhopri clusters and unauthorized colonies
But the March 2019 data of the Delhi Jal Board
shows that they have been able to supply piped connections to merely 7 jhuggi jhopri clusters
And even now there are more than 400 jhuggi jhopri clusters and more than 100 unauthorized colonies
without piped water supply
The promise of supplying clean water has only been partially fulfilled
India Today had conducted an independent investigation recently
where they went to 9 different constituencies in Delhi
and took the water samples from there and tested whether they were fit to be used as drinking water or not
So this investigation found out that 5 out of 9 samples were drinkable
but 4 of them were not fit for drinking
So that means that around slightly more than 50% is fit for drinking, but,
water is not fit for drinking to a large extent
Maybe this is the reason why, over the next five years, the Kejriwal government has promised
that they would supply clean water as well as ensured a 24*7 supply of water
We will have to wait and see when that is fulfilled but for these five years,
I would like to give merely 2 out of 5 for matters of water
After healthcare, education remained the biggest priority for the government
There was a lot of publicity and praise for the schools in Delhi
and in my opinion, this praise is justified
The kind of infrastructure built and facilities added in the schools
was not second to any high end private school
I had made a ground report on this in this video which you can watch by clicking on the “i” button
I’d gone to Delhi schools and shown the facilities there
As soon as you enter the school, there is this hall. It is air conditioned with ACs installed all around.
And there’s a stage that has been decked up
Around 54 of such quality model schools have been made in Delhi in the past 5 years
30 new schools and 20,000 new classrooms have been constructed over the past 5 years
Although,in the manifesto they had promised that 500 new schools would be built
This could not have been made possible due to the
The allotment of land comes under the purview of the DDA, which is under the Modi government
SO, the 500 schools could not be built but the 20,000 classrooms
If you assume that there are around 40 classroom in every school
then these 20,000 new classrooms would amount to 500 new schools
Sp we can say that they fulfilled their promise
Delhi’s education model has been so successful that the Maharashtra government has declared that
they would seek inspiration from the Delhi education model and implement it in their own state
A new story in 2017 had featured in which more than 900 students
left private schools to join Delhi government schools
because they felt that better facilities were being provided in the latter
And they were provided free of cost, unlike in the private schools, which charged money for it
Today, 3 government schools of Delhi are counted amongst the top 10 schools of India
So these changes that are being made is not solely on the basis of infrastructure
Systematic changes are being implemented
For example,the teachers were sent to Singapore, Finland and London for training
Changes were brought in the curriculum as well. For example, the happiness curriculum was implemented
The entrepreneurship curriculum was implemented
This was made possible because the government has spent tremendously on the education sector
27% of the 2019-20 budget was spent in education, which amounts to 14,000 crores
So there is no doubt that the government should get 5 out of 5 in the field of education
In public transport, free metro and free bus rides were provided for women recently
It has been promised that this would be made free for the students as well over the next five years
Phase 4 has been approved for the expansion of the Delhi metro
The construction had started in December 2019 and would be completed by 2024
but the Kejriwal government had promised that they would bring in 5000 new DTC buses
But the reality is that the count of buses actually reduced as of March 2019
In 2010, there used to be 6,200 DTC buses
By March 2019, their number fell to 3800
So there has been a negative performance in this area
But recently, the government woke up and in November 2019, Chief Minister Kejriwal flagged off 100 new DTC buses
These new buses have GPS trackers, Panic buttons, CCTVs
and they even have hydraulic lifts for disabled people
They also said that tenders have been issued for 3000 new buses which would arrive in the next 6 months
But as of now, they have yet not arrived and since the promise had not been fulfilled over the past five years,
so I’d like to give 1 out of 5 to the government in matters of public transport
In matters of women security, the promise of Bus Marshals was fulfilled. They did what they had said
For the next 5 years, it has been promised that Mohalla marshals would be deployed
to enhance women security
Regarding CCTVs, 1.4 lakh CCTVs have already been installed
but this raises a huge issue of privacy
regarding who can access and view the footage of the CCTVs
and whether the privacy of the people is really being protected
In matters of street lighting. the government sprung into action really late
Last month in December 2019, they started this process in which
they brought in a new scheme under which more than 2,10,000 street lights would be installed all over Delhi
There would be automatic sensors in these lights that would switch on automatically if someone passes by
and if there is no one below, they would go out
But this process has started in December and it would take 4 months for the street lights to get installed
As for the rest with regard to women safety, law and order comes under the Modi government and we can’t say much
So out of 5, I’d give a score of 3
Even in matters of electricity, the Kejriwal government did what it promised
Households get free electricity until 200 units
and full subsidy is granted
A subsidy of 50% is provided from 201 units to 400 units
Due to this, 14 lakh households in Delhi incur zero rupee electricity bill
Additionally. the government also did not let the power tariffs rise
due to which there has been a negligible increase in the bills for the rest of the people in Delhi in past 5 years
Compare this with the rest of the states. For example, in Uttar Pradesh,
the electricity bills were raised by 12% by the government last September in 2019
Recently, the Kejriwal government has come up with a new electric vehicle policy
the aim of which is, to make sure that by 2024, out of all the cars in Delhi,
25% would be electric vehicles
A lot of subsidies have been included in this
If you wish to buy an electric car, then you would get a subsidy
If you want to get an electric charging station installed in your house, then you’d get a subsidy
Keeping in mind all of these things, there’s nothing to complain about here
Hence the government secures a 5 out of 5 in matters of electricity
Pollution has become a huge disaster in Delhi, NCR and the rest of North India in the past few years
Although the main reason for this is the crop burning season in Punjab when the pollution peaks
but an extreme effect of this is witnessed by the people in Delhi
And no major steps have been taken by the government
Reactive steps have been seen on the part of the government
For example, the odd even rule, which was brought on only when the pollution aggravated
The government started distributing masks to children in school to save themselves from pollution
This is another very reactive step
Not a lot of steps were taken to control it beforehand
Pollution free Diwali was a great step taken by the government
Light shows had been organized
Talking about water pollution, Yamuna remains as polluted as it was before
or maybe it has become more polluted
The same white colored foam is visible in Yamuna till date
The promise to clean up the Yamuna has been a total failure but a ray of hope is visible
Last year, the Delhi government inaugurated India’s largest sewage treatment plant
The construction (of it) was inaugurated
It has yet not been completed. It will be completed in 2022
So we might see an effect of it on the pollution in the river Yamuna
Pollution might somewhat reduce
But as of now, I’d like to give the government a score of 1 out of 5 in matters of pollution
A huge contrast is being witnessed in matters of economy
While the GDP of the entire country is falling and the economic conditions are weakening
such signs are not visible in Delhi
The state GDP of Delhi in 2016-17 was 7.5%
In 2018-19, it rose to 8.6%
So the GDP figures for Delhi increased
On average, a person residing in Delhi earns three times more
Their income is three times more as compared to an average Indian
So you can see how much more well off the people in Delhi are as compared to the rest of India
The tax collection of the central government has begun to fall in the negatives
But Delhi has been showing record growth in its tax collection
As of 2018-19, there was a growth of 17.6% in tax collection in Delhi
The Delhi budget has doubled in the past five years due to this record tax collection
It has grown from 30,000 crores to 60,000 crores. It is an astonishing fact!
because five years ago, everyone was saying that if the Aam Admi Party government comes to power,
they would give out free water, free electricity and free education
and the entire economy of Delhi would crash because of the freebies
But the exact opposite of it is happening
What are the reasons behind this? Kejriwal claims the reason behind this is that they have reduced corruption
They have increased the efficiency of the government
This efficiency has increased due to educated people, due to which,
the economy is sailing so well despite handing out freebies
While in the rest of the country, the taxes are rising but the economy is falling
So they get 5 out of 5 for this outstanding performance
I’ve put the rest of the remaining things in this criteria of governance
For example, they had promised free Wifi. As of now, 100 Wifi hotspots exist in Delhi
They had launched it in December
which gives out 15 GB free data per person, per month
and they claim that 11,000 new Wifi hotspots would be ready in the next 6 months
A record rise has been witnessed in the minimum wage which is another great thing
According to the CAG, Delhi is the sole state in Delhi to run with a surplus budget
This shows how well the economy of Delhi as well as management of money has been going
No corruption scams have been seen in the government over the course of the last five years
Talking about unique schemes, one of them was door step delivery of public services
If you have to get your driving licence renewed or want to get your income certificate issued
then it would be delivered at your doorstep
Earlier, one had to go stand in long queues in offices
This was an interesting scheme. Another one was Farishtey Yojana
You would be awarded with a sum of 2,000 rupees if you helped any accident victim
and bring them to the hospital
Due to this Farishtey Yojana, as on February 1, 2018,
more than 3,000 people have been saved
So, overall,in governance, I’d like to give a score of 4 out of 5
Had I been doing an analysis of any other state, then I’d put in 3 more criterion
corruption , Law and order and cleanliness
but in the case of Delhi, law and order comes under the purview of the Delhi police
which in turn comes under the Home ministry and is BJP controlled
Cleanliness comes under MCD which is BJP controlled
And with regard to corruption, the anti corruption bureau was under the Delhi government until 2015
After that, it was taken away from them and now comes under the central government
So it makes no sense to analyse the performance in all these cases
because they do not come under the Aam Aadmi Party
So viewing overall, adding up all the scores, the total of the report card amounts to a score of 31 out of 45
In percentage, this amounts to a 69% approximately
You tell me what the score amounts to in your opinion. You must have also given out scores
So what was your total? Write down in the comments below
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