New Delhi: The Delhi government is determined to make Delhi a smart city which is business-friendly and free of corruption, said Shri Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Government of NCT of Delhi, during an interactive session held at the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry here today. A single command centre in Delhi is not a political but a civic need, he added.
In his welcome address, Dr D K Aggarwal, President, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry, congratulated the Delhi Government for successful implementation of various schemes and also expressed his desire, as a citizen of Delhi, for making it one of the most modern cities in the world. A single coordinating agency will enhance efficiency in the government, said Dr Aggarwal.
In a freewheeling interaction, Shri Sisodia said that the state government had made a huge improvement in the power transmission system. The power tariff has not been raised for the last five years and the Delhi government will give full subsidy to those consuming up to 200 units of electricity, he added.
Shri Sisodia said that Delhi is an evidence of an excellent economic model of lower tax rates, higher tax collection and better governance. In 2014 Delhi’s annual budget was Rs. 30,000 crores and in the last five years it has increased to Rs. 60,000 crores, proving that the economic model in working and the eco systems are becoming healthier, he said.
The Delhi government firmly believes that each child should have the right to quality education, which will make businesses flourish. Delhi is the only state in India which has allocated 25% of the budget to the education sector, said Shri Sisodia.
No Nation, no business and no trade can flourish without an educated workforce, said Shri Sisodia.
He lamented the lack of entrepreneurial mindset in the country and urged everyone to work towards making the capital more business-friendly.
Shri Sisodia urged the members of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry to come forward and partner with Delhi Government for best model practices, innovations of fastest and cleaner technologies, to collectively overcome the challenges of pollution and transport management in Delhi. He also extended the invitation to all the Managing Committee Members of PHDCCI to partner with the Delhi government in developing effective skill development centers.