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This was the eighth consecutive budget by Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, presented on 26 Mar 2022.

Delhi Economy

  • As per advance estimate GSDP of Delhi is likely to grow at 17.65 percent at current prices and 10.23 percent at constant prices in 2021-22. The contribution of Delhi’s real GSDP to GDP at the national level has increased from 3.94 percent in 2011-12 to 4.21 percent in 2021-22.
  • The per capita income of Delhi is ₹ 4,01,982 at current prices in 2021-22 which is the third highest in the country. It is 2.7 times higher than the national per capita income of Rs. 1,49,848.
  • The Revised Budget Estimate for the financial year 2021-22 is ₹ 67,000 crore against the approved Budget Estimate of ₹ 69,000 crore.

Rozgar Budget

Dy CM Manish Sisodia termed this budget ‘Rozgar Budget’.

  • It contains an agenda to create new jobs for the people of Delhi and to boost economic recovery from the social and economic damage caused in recent years due to COVID-19, GST and demonetisation.
  • The Budget Estimates in 2022-23 is ₹ 75,800 crore, which is about two and half times the expenditure of ₹ 30,940 crore in the year 2014-15. This is 9.86 % higher than the Budget Estimates of ₹ 69,000 crore in 2021-22 and 13.13% over Revised Estimates of ₹ 67,000 crore in 2021-22.
  • The Budget of 75,800 crore during the year 2022-23 is proposed to be mainly financed from own resources. The major components are ₹ 47,700 crore from own tax revenue, ₹ 1000 crore from non-tax revenue, ₹ 325 crore as share in central taxes, ₹ 10,000 crore from small saving loan, Capital Receipts of ₹ 802 crore, GST compensation of ₹ 10,000 crore, ₹ 1621 crore for Centrally Sponsored Scheme, ₹ 643 crore as Grant-In-Aid/Normal Assistance from Govt. of India.
  • Aim to increase the percentage of the working population of Delhi from 33% to 45% in the next five years (i.e. 76 lakhs out of a total population of 1 crore 68 lakh). In the next 5 years, 20 lakh new jobs in Delhi will be created.
  • Priority sectors for creating new jobs are Retail, Travel & Tourism, Entertainment, Green Energy, Logistics & Supply Chain, Food and Beverages, Construction and Real Estate.
  • To implement the policies focussed on employment generation about 4,500 crore will be required during the next 5 years. An outlay of ₹ 800 crore is proposed for all these programmes for the year 2022-23.

Budget at a glance

Important Schemes

  • Promotion and renewal of Retail Markets: ₹ 100 crore allocated in 2022-23 for Redevelopment of infrastructure and other facilities of traditional iconic markets of Delhi in next 5 years. This will lead to creation of 1.5 lakh new job opportunities in the next 5 years.
  • Delhi Shopping Festival: ₹ 250 crore allocated for organizing “Delhi Shopping Festival”. Every year ‘Delhi Shopping Festival’ will be organized to invite people from our country as well as rest of the world to shop in Delhi and to experience it as a festival. Attractive discounts will be given to the buyers during the festival. The festival will have three main attractions – shopping, entertainment and food. Delhi Government will motivate sellers (shopkeepers, restaurant owners, and entrepreneurs) to offer discounts by giving them SGST refunds. It will have an impact on the lives of 12 lakh people employed in these sectors.
  • Delhi Wholesale Shopping Festival: 60% of Delhi’s business is done in wholesale. As part of the Delhi Shopping festival, Delhi will also engage the wholesale traders of Delhi, and prepare attractive schemes with discounts for the wholesale customers.
  • Delhi Bazaar, an online portal to boost business of shopkeepers and retail markets at “Zero Setup Cost” to traders. ₹ 20 crore proposed under this scheme, which is expected to benefit 10 lakh specific vendors in Delhi. Around 3 lakh employment opportunities are expected to be created in the retail sector in the next 5 years.
  • Development of Gandhi Nagar readymade garment market into a ‘Grand Garment Hub’. This program is expected to create more than 40,000 new employment opportunities in the next 5 years.

Entrepreneurship Mindset

  • Over 3 lakh students of class 11th and 12th of Delhi Government Schools under Business Blaster programme worked successfully on 51,000 business ideas and generated thousands of business ideas on which these children are working continuously. Business Blasters scheme in Delhi Schools to be expanded to the private schools also.
  • Delhi is the Start-up Capital of India. Govt. has prepared ‘Start-up’ Policy to ease the process for setting up of Start-ups in Delhi. The process will include the setting up incubation centers, organizing conferences for marketing, mentoring and investment, getting entrepreneurs connected with banks and investors. A provision of ₹ 50 crore has been proposed in BE 2022-23.

Industrial Development

  • Delhi’s Electronic City is proposed as a 90-acre plug and play manufacturing center at Baprola. Electronic companies will be invited to set up their base in Delhi to meet the demand of electronics & electrical equipments for Delhi as well as the country.
  • Redevelopment of 25 notified non-conforming industrial areas to be done in next five years. It will create more than6 lakh new employment opportunities for the people of Delhi.

Green Jobs

  • Providing clean air and water for future generations is an integral part of the Delhi government’s vision of 2047. One lakh green jobs will be created with the launch of several green initiatives by Delhi Government in next five years.
  • Delhi has become the first state in India to cross the 10% mark in EV sales, which is more than the share of electric vehicles in many developed countries like the UK, France & Singapore. 20,000 new jobs will be created in the next 5 years through EV policy.
  • Delhi Government to launch 4200 e-autos with 33% reservation for women drivers in the coming year. 5000 e-auto permits to be issued every year for the next five years and this will create 25,000 new jobs.
  • A new solar policy is to be introduced in 2022-23 to achieve the target of taking the installed capacity of rooftop solar plants to 2500 MW (peak). It will create 40,000 jobs for sales, construction workers, electricians, technicians and engineers in this sector.
  • Delhi Govt has launched an ambitious plan to revive over 600 lakes and water bodies of Delhi with an estimated outlay of ₹ 750 crore, to make Delhi’s water bodies free of encroachment.

Rozgar Bazaar

An artificial intelligence-based website and mobile application ‘Rozgar Bazaar 2.0’ to be developed in the financial year 2022-23.It aims to provide at least 1 lakh jobs every year to the youth of Delhi and especially women.

Doorstep Delivery of Government Services 

Doorstep Delivery of Government Services: 4.11 lakh people have used this facility, till now, for approximately 100 different types of Government services. This service will be made available for 300 types of services.

Women-Centric Policies

  • Number of women in the workforce has steadily declined from 34% in 1999 to 20% in 2019. It is imperative that women are included in the workforce to fulfill India’s dream of becoming a developed economy.
  • The Government of Delhi will launch ‘Smart Urban Farming‘ in association with IARI (Pusa Sansthan) in the Financial Year 2022-23 to increase the green cover of Delhi, supply of nutritious organic food and provide employment opportunities to women at home. It will create 25,000 new jobs in Delhi in the next five years.
  • ₹ 250 crore has been allocated for free women travel in Delhi buses, 33% of new e-autos to be reserved for women drivers in Delhi, Smart Urban farming to be supported.
  • Many more job opportunities will be made available for women as part of various initiatives documented under different headings.

Education

  • Delhi Government schools have so far achieved the best results in CBSE board examinations despite the COVID-19 pandemic and achieved about a Hundred Percent Passing Percentage Result (99.84%).
  • Aim is to transform learning experience in the education sector. Focus will be on initiatives like a School Science Museum, classroom digitization of all classrooms in all schools, Montessori labs in 100 more schools, Delhi Teachers University, sports infrastructure in 100 selected schools, etc.
  • A total outlay of ₹ 16,278 crore is proposed for Education
  • ₹ 50 crore has been allocated for setting up a School Science Museum, classroom digitization of all classrooms in all schools by 2026, B.Ed course to be started in Delhi Teachers University after obtaining necessary approval from the Government of India, ₹ 10 crore for Boarding school for homeless children, 100 new Montessori labs, and ₹ 100 crore for 2 campuses of Ambedkar University at Dhirpur and Rohini.
  • Happiness curriculum and Deshbhakti curriculum will be started in private schools of Delhi too.
  • 15 campuses of DSEU (Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University) have started and 7,145 new students have secured admission this year. 11 more DSEU campuses will start this year, taking in 2,500 more children.
  • Delhi Government has decided to set up a boarding school with modern facilities to nurture and educate underprivileged and homeless children from the streets. ₹ 10 crore has been proposed in the budget.

Healthcare

  • Delhi Government has started Aam Aadmi School Clinic in Delhi Schools. At present, these clinics have been opened in 20 schools on pilot basis and every child has full check every 6 months by qualified Doctors and Nurses.
  • A total outlay of ₹ 9,769 crore is proposed for Healthcare
  • For upgrading existing dispensaries and increasing the number of Aam Aadmi Mohalla Clinics upto 1000, ₹ 475 crore is proposed in the Budget for 2022-23. Since the start of Mohalla Clinics in Delhi till now 5.49 crore patients have availed the services of Mohalla Clinics.
  • ₹ 1,900 crore has been allocated for remodeling 15 existing hospitals, building 4 new hospitals, thus increasing capacity by 16,000 beds, ₹ 50 crore for Delhi Arogya Kosh scheme, ₹ 70 crore for HIMS and Health Card Scheme, ₹ 15 crore for Aam Aadmi Yogshala
  • Under the Hospital Information Management System (HIMS), a QR-code based e-health card will be made available to all citizens. This will make it easier for all citizens to get timely treatment. An outlay of ₹ 160 crore is proposed in this budget.
  • 450 Yoga teachers, trained by DPSRU (Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University) are teaching Yoga daily to more than 15,000 people, as part of Aam Aadmi Yogshala. ₹ 15 crore has been provided to continue this program.

Water Supply and Sanitation

  • Special emphasis has been placed on water supply and sanitation.
  • Plan is to provide 100% sewerage connectivity in unauthorised colonies in 2022-23, Yamuna cleaning scheduled to be completed in 2 years, much ahead of the 2025 deadline, treated sewage water to be now used for green belts,  forests, farm houses, horticulture in Delhi, and ₹ 750 crore has been allocated to revive 600 water bodies in Delhi.
  • Najafgarh drain which was earlier known as Sahibi river, now identified as Najafgarh drain due to the dirty water in it, will be developed as a tourist destination by cleaning it and beautifying the roads on both its sides.

Social Security and Welfare

  • Delhi was the first State where it was planned to provide immediate assistance of ₹50,000 to the family of the person who died due to COVID-19. 27,322 families have been provided immediate assistance under this scheme.
  • ₹ 3,063 crores has been proposed under various financial assistance schemes for the welfare of senior citizens, women, disabled and disadvantaged sections. Pension of ₹2000-2500 per month is being provided to 8.5 lakh beneficiaries.
  • 13136 students are getting the benefit of coaching for competitive examinations under “Jai Bhim Mukhyamantri Pratibha Vikas Yojna”. ₹ 160 crore has been proposed in BE 2022-23 under this scheme, this will increase the number of beneficiaries in the financial year 2022-23.

Power and Labour

  • ₹ 3340 crore has been allocated to the Power sector this year.
  • Subsidy in electricity scheme along with supply of uninterrupted electricity 24×7 is to continue in 2022-23, ₹ 3250 crore has been proposed for the very successful Zero Power Bill Scheme ( for consumers consuming upto 200 units of electricity ). The Government has also been giving 100% subsidy for consumption of electricity up to 400 units to the victims of 1984 riots. The Electricity Subsidy Scheme has also been extended to the lawyers’ chambers within the court premises.
  • Understanding the plight of the construction workers due to lockdown owing to COVID-19 pandemic, Delhi Government registered construction workers on a large scale and provided assistance of approx. ₹ 500 crore in the account of more than 5 lakh construction workers.

Travel and Tourism

  • Delhi Film Policy to promote tourism in Delhi and brand Delhi as a national and international film destination. Creation of an online single window clearance mechanism (e-film clearance) to fast-track approvals with over 25 stakeholder agencies.
  • Four new policies are being launched to promote traders and employees of the food and beverage industry. Introduction of a Food Truck policy will allow food trucks to operate at places and timings in the city which will also strengthen Delhi’s night time economy. These will create more than 60 thousand employment opportunities in the next five years.
  • To provide land to Cloud Kitchen with plug and play facilities and ease licensing process and regulations in the Budget 2022-23. Cloud kitchens have huge potential for revenue generation, this sector creates a large number of both direct and indirect job opportunities. It has the potential to create 42,000 new job opportunities within the next 5 years.
  • Delhi to get a Grade A Retail and Food Hub facility.

Road Infrastructure

  • The work on 5 bridges, 2 underpasses, a pedestrian subway and extension of DND (Delhi Noida Direct) Flyway to Ashram will be completed in 2022-23. This will help in decongestion of Tri Nagar, Inderlok, Karampura, Rampura, Nangloi, Basai Darapur, Kondli and Ashram Chowk. ₹ 114 crore has been allocated
  • ₹ 9539 crore has been allocated for road, bridges and related construction, ₹ 100 crore has been allocated for construction of a flyover at Karawal Nagar, Ghonda by DMRC (Delhi Metro Rail Corporation).

Transport

  • In a huge initiative Transport Department has started its 47 services in a faceless system. There is also no need to visit Government Offices to get the RC (Registration Certificate) for new vehicle as the same may be issued by the vehicle dealer. Further, with the help of facial recognition software, people can get their learner’s license made from home. More than 11 lakh applicants have benefited from this program till 7 March, 2022.
  • To continue the facility of providing free travel to women in DTC and cluster buses, an amount of ₹ 250 crore is proposed in BE 2022-23.
  • In Delhi, the number of buses has reached 7,003 which is the largest number of bus fleet in the history of Delhi.
  • For transport, roads and bridges an amount of ₹ 9,539 crore is proposed in BE 2022-23.

Environment and Forest

  • “Ten Point – Winter Air Action Plan” was activated from 1st October, 2021 to 28th February, 2022 to control stubble burning, anti-dust campaign, prevention of burning of garbage, ban on fireworks, installation of smog tower, identification of more polluting sites, strengthening of green war rooms, e-waste park arrangements and vehicular pollution control. 
  • Forest and Tree cover in Delhi has increased from 21.88% of total geographical area in 2019 to 23.06% in 2021. Among the seven major mega cities, Delhi has the largest forest area, covering about 194 sq km. 
  • 11 City Forests have been developed in the last two years which are fulfilling an important role of a green space in the fast growing urban concrete spaces.
  • ₹ 276 crore has been allocated to the Environment and Forest department for 2022-23.
  • A 20m smog tower has been installed at Connaught Place.
  • Delhi Government has proposed to establish Delhi’s first “Government Veterinary College” for treatment of all types of animals.

Housing and Urban Development

  • The construction work of roads, water pipelines, sewers, parks, etc., including installation of CCTV cameras and street lights for the people living in these areas, has been completed on priority basis. ₹ 1,300 crore is proposed in Budget Estimated 2022-23 for construction works in 1,414 out of 1,797 unauthorised colonies, planned to be completed by Mar 2023
  • Provision of ₹5766 crore for housing and urban development schemes in the budget for the financial year 2022-23.
  • Government has already set up around 11,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots in various constituencies for the citizens of Delhi. On an average 4.1 lakh people are using these services every day. 
  • As part of the celebration of 75th year of Independence, installation of 500 National Flags across Delhi, 175 national flags have already been installed at various places in Delhi and remaining work is likely to be completed by August 2022.

Press Conference by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

Following the presentation of the Budget, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, along with Dy. Chief Minister Manish Sisodia conducted a Press Conference.

Excerpts of what Arvind Kejriwal said:

  • One reason why such a commendable Budget could be presented is because there exists an honest party, the Aam Aadmi Party, and an honest AAP Government in Delhi.
  • We have curtailed unnecessary expenditure, eliminated corruption and plugged Revenue leakages.
  • Two problems are being faced by every citizen:
    • Lack of Jobs
    • High Cost of Living
  • Today’s Delhi Budget solves these two problems.
  • Firstly, creating new Jobs.
    • Such a large scale, innovative attempt to create jobs through the budget has never been attempted by any other government.
    • 12 lakh jobs have been created in the last 7 years by the AAP Delhi government, 1.78 lakh jobs in the government, and approximately 10 lakh jobs in the private sector.
    • The target is to create 20 lakh jobs in 5 years.
    • For such a bold, innovative budget, which contains a framework for job creation, I congratulate Manish Sisodia and his team.
    • This budget has micro-level details, a framework indicating where new jobs will come from, arrived at following a practical, consultation exercise.
  • Secondly, tackling the high cost of living.
    • The existing benefits exclusively for Delhi residents will continue.
      • Schools: Excellent schools, providing free education. This year, 3.75 lakh students shifted from private to government schools. If a family has 2 children studying in private schools, by shifting to a government school there is a saving of approximately ₹ 10,000 per month.
      • Health: Delhi is the only state in the country where for every person, all treatment is free. For small ailments, Mohalla Clinics provide free Doctor consultation, free medicines, free tests. For treatment involving say 20-40 lakh, 38 big hospitals such as GTB, LNJP, GB Pant all provide free treatment. If MRI, CT scans are required, they are free in government hospitals, and reimbursable if done in private hospitals. Such a system of Health Security is perhaps not available anywhere in India or the world.
      • Electricity:  Today, 73% of Delhi residents get free electricity, supplied 24×7. In other states, monthly bills of ₹ 5-10,000 are common.
      • Water: Before the AAP government in Delhi, monthly bills of ₹ 5-10,000 were common. We shall additionally ensure 24×7 water supply soon.
      • Free public transport for Women.
    • These are the 5 ways in which the AAP Delhi government helps citizens in coping with the increasing cost of living.
  • Homeless, underprivileged children begging at traffic light junctions is a common sight. They are not voters, hence nobody cares about them. We are setting aside ₹ 10 crore to create a residential state-of-the-art school for them. We will provide them emotional and psychological support too. Numerous such efforts were devoid of humanity and sensitivity. We shall provide a 5-star facility for them, bring them into the mainstream and ensure they grow up to be good citizens.

More Info

Budget details

Video of full Budget Speech by Dy. CM Manish Sisodia:

(Source: Planning Department, Government of NCT of Delhi)

Post Budget interviews

Manish Sisodia, Hindustan Times, 28 Mar 2022

Manish Sisodia, Indian Express, 28 Mar 2022

Manish Sisodia, Times of India, 28 Mar, 2022

(Infographics sourced from Twitter accounts of Office of Deputy CM fo Delhi, DaarubaazMehta)

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