Delhi awaits the outcome budget session for year 2019-20, a step towards making government more responsible and accountable

Delhi government had introduced the first outcome budget last year, a step to bring more accountability and transparency in public spending and to fix accountability of all the stakeholders, including the Lieutenant Governor (LG), through new monitoring units, in planning and executing the city administration’s programs and schemes.

The outcome budget covers 34 departments of the government. It measures each scheme using two indices, output and outcome. The infrastructure created or services offered due to spending on a particular scheme are termed as outputs. The number of people who benefited from the spending and how they have been benefited is termed as the outcome. The report has been prepared where quantifiable outputs and outcome indicators have been developed across institutions and programs and these specific indicators have been linked to budget allocations. This will create an entirely new benchmark for performance management within any government in India.

The aim is to benefit all the stakeholders. The ministers and senior officials can use this as bases to continuously assess the performance of all their activities and ensure timely corrective measures.

The outcome budget for the year 2019-20 is awaited and the performance across schemes and departments shall be released by the government in the session. Last year the Government of NCT of Delhi, led by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), proposed Budget for 2018-19 at Rs 53,000 crore. 26 schemes under the Green Budget, which included projects covering power, transport, and environment and PWD departments, were announced.

With Rs 13,997 crore (26%) proposed, education sector had got the maximum Budget allocation.

With 13%, public health sector had been allocated the second highest amount of    Rs 6,729 crore.

With 10 per cent allocation at Rs 5,145 crore, the transport sector came next.

Remaining was divided between social welfare (8 per cent), housing and urban development (6 per cent), water supply and sanitation (5 per cent) and energy. In outcome budget for year 2018-19 the Government’s had highlighted that the targets were met by 14 of its 34 departments for a period of nine months from April to December, 2017.

Road infrastructure and public transport are the two sectors where people have benefited the least from Delhi government, results of the city’s first outcome budget revealed.

The report indicated a good performance by the government in the education sector with the Directorate of Training and Technical Education (DTTE) scoring the highest with 89% of its critical indicators being “on track”, meaning they had made about 70% progress by December end. Even in social welfare and the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB), the government rated itself high with 80% and 87% schemes being on track. “Among the 14 departments that were evaluated, the health sector had 1,685 indicators which was the highest.

With the outcome budget session starting tomorrow, all eyes are on the budget and the performance of the government on the various indicators that had been planned in last year session.

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