The sanctity of the election process is the bedrock of Indian democracy. Over the last few months, however, the faith in this process has been shaken due to serious allegations of EVM tampering from multiple parts of the country.
While AAP was the first to express these concerns, 16 opposition parties have now made allegations about tampering and have urged the Election Commission of India (ECI) to revert to paper ballots - an unprecedented event in the last two decades ever since the EVMs were introduced in India. Under such circumstances, it is incumbent upon the ECI to do all that is necessary to dispel fears and convincingly prove the reliability of EVMs.
When the Aam Aadmi Party formed the government in Delhi in 2015, we knew we had inherited a public school system that was in shambles. What we did not know was how deep the rot ran. Subject to decades of neglect and intentional subversion by vested interests of politicians with flourishing private school ‘business’, Delhi’s government schools suffered handicaps at all levels - severe shortage of rooms and teachers, low motivation among teachers and principals, and most importantly, abysmal learning levels with 3 out of 4 students in Class 6 unable to even read their books.
Over the last two years, the AAP government has laid a strong foundation for what truly promises to be an ‘Education Revolution’ by undertaking a sustained and systematic effort to rebuild a broken public education system.
Our government believes that the relationship between a government and its citizens is nothing short of a sacred contract. A contract to deliver the best possible outcomes and benefits to society for the money the taxpayers have contributed. Accountability of the government’s actions therefore is crucial for this contract to be fulfilled.
I am happy to present the first comprehensive “Outcome Budget” of GNCTD, which will prove to be a historic innovation for ushering in transparency and accountability in public spending. It is important to understand why this is an important budgeting reform.