e-rickshaws Current Affairs - 2019
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The government of Delhi has tabled the Economic Survey Report for 2018-19 in Delhi Assembly. The Survey report highlights the following facts and figures:
- Delhi witnessed a growth of 8.61% in 2018-19 and the GDP increased of Delhi at constant prices (inflation-adjusted) increased to Rs 5,54,908 crore during 2017-18.
- The tax collection registered a growth of 14.07% in 2017-18 and the sources of tax revenues were GST at 13,620.84 crores and VAT at Rs 11,149.17 crore.
- There was a reduction in VAT collection as most items have been subsumed into GST.
- 2016-17 had witnessed the rate of tax collection crashing to 3.03%, which the government had attributed to demonetisation and “refunds” to various bodies.
- The tax collection growth for 2018-19 has been projected at 17.69% over 2017-18.
- The average income of Delhiite is around three times more than the national income average. The report estimates the Delhi’s per capita income at Rs 3,65,529 against the national average of Rs 1,25,397.
- The number of vehicles in Delhi grew by 5.8% in the year 2017-18 with the number of e-rickshaws increasing by a huge margin.
- There was an increase in the supply of electricity in Delhi from 37,484 million units in 2014-15 to 38,510 million units in 2017-18.
The report notes that Delhi has maintained its consistent revenue surplus which was Rs 4,913 crore during 2017-18 and the expenditure incurred on social service sectors in Delhi increased from 68.71 per cent in 2014-15 to 74.76 per cent in 2017-18.
The Lok Sabha has passed the Motor Vehicles Amendment Bill, 2014 in order to regularize e-rickshaws which were banned earlier by Delhi high court on safety grounds. The Bill seeks to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
This bill was introduced by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari and was passed by voice vote.
- This amendment Bill brings e-carts and e-rickshaws under the ambit of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988. Earlier the Act did not have provision related to the e-carts and e-rickshaws thus were not considered legal.
- This bill defines E-carts and e-rickshaws as special purpose battery powered vehicles, having three wheels, and with power up to 4000 watts.
- It also mentions that, they can be used for carrying goods or passengers, for hire or reward.
- Bill specifies that they should have been manufactured, equipped and maintained in accordance with specifications as prescribed by government.
- The Bill has provision related to the driver licenses and conditions for issuing e-cart or e-rickshaw license shall be prescribed by central government.
- The Bill also provides powers to the central government to make Rules on the specifications for e-carts and e-rickshaws, and the manner and conditions for issuing driving licenses.