The AAP leader said he dreamt of an inclusive society but the problem with inclusiveness was that “it doesn’t give you the chance to be exclusive, which at present is the foundation stone of our society”.
Education minister Manish Sisodia said, “… We have issued showcause notices for the takeover of two branches of Maxfort. We are preparing to take over Maxfort Rohini and Pitampura…”
Deputy Chiem Minister Manish Sisodia said the move is intended to send out “a clear message that there is zero tolerance for corruption” in the AAP government
Called kitabgiri, the initiative started by the Bhartiya Akshara Social Organisation (BASO) encourages students to donate books for the mohalla libraries.
‘We are probably the only country” where students are being lathicharged on daily basis,’ said Manish Sisodia.
She, however, cautioned that the government needed to pay attention to the content of school textbooks as “some are secular but many are kattar (radical)”.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said in his budget speech that his Rs 46, 600 crore budget was financed primarily from Delhi’s own tax revenue of Rs 36, 525 crore.
Leader of House in the South corporation Ashish Sood called the budget “disappointing” as far as the three MCDs are concerned.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the government plans to create a world-class “Delhi festival”, which will celebrate the spirit of the city.
The budget implies cheaper sweets, namkeen, watches, readymade garments, shoes and school bags, even as the government continues to focus on education, health and transport sectors.
Sisodia, who holds the finance portfolio, is likely to allocate 25 per cent of the total budget allocation to education sector.
In the AAP’s budget for 2015-16, Finance Minister Manish Sisodia had proposed a total expenditure of Rs 9,836 crore on education.
Stating that it was “not practical” to double spending on education every year, sources, however, said areas such as skill development and teacher training will see an increase in funds.
Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu also raised the issue in Parliament Wednesday, saying the matter ‘deserved enquiry’ and he would discuss it with Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani.
In its 70-point action plan, drawn up before the Delhi Legislative Assembly elections in February 2015, the Aam Aadmi Party had said that it will open 500 new schools in five years.