Delhi to be a progressive global city: LG Saxena


The budget session of the Delhi Assembly commenced on Friday with the maiden address of Lieutenant Governor V K Saxena, who listed out various achievements of the government and hoped that the national capital would become a progressive global city one day.
His address was interrupted as BJP legislators raised slogans demanding Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation over alleged corruption in the now-scrapped excise policy and AAP legislators opposing them.
Resuming his address, LG Saxena said Delhi students have performed well due to the government’s focus on education. “The Schools of Specialized Excellence are world-level schools for students. Mission Buniyad has led to a significant improvement in the learning capabilities of the students,” he stated. Saxena also said the education infrastructure has improved in Delhi, with around 20,000 new classrooms being constructed. Talking about the health infrastructure, he said more than 16,000 beds will be added with new hospitals coming up while the existing hospitals are being upgraded. He also said that the people of Delhi will be provided voter ID card-based health cards.
Talking about the various initiatives of the transport department, he said people can avail of 33 transport department-related services online, and 1,500 electric buses have been added to the DTC fleet.He said the government is committed to a “green and lean” Delhi.
He also listed out steps taken by the AAP dispensation to make Delhi a cultural tourism hub.
Later, while exiting the Delhi Assembly following his address, he said: “In the last few days, the dignity of speech has broken down.” His remarks came amid a war of words between the city government and his office over a range of issues, including sending teachers of state-run schools abroad for training.