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 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 criterion 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 judgment 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 increased 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 liters 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 incurs 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 has 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 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 classrooms 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’s 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 to 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 the 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, the Yamuna remains as polluted as it was before or maybe it has become more polluted The same white-colored foam is visible in the 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.