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Kejriwal govt presents Rs 53000 crore 'green' budget for 2018-19

26 March 2018

The Delhi Government on Thursday proposed a Rs 53,000 crore-budget for 2018-19, which included Rs 43,092 crore for revenue expenditure and Rs 9,908 crore for capital expenditure.Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia, who presented the Budget in the Assembly, said the proposed Budget is 10.42 per cent higher than the Budget estimates of Rs 48,000 crore of 2017-18."Delhi's Budget has gone up from Rs 30,900 crore to Rs 53,000 crore in three years".

In the past, the AAP government has presented an "education and health budget' and "outcome budget".

The Delhi government has allocated 26% of its state budget to education this year, earmarking Rs 13997 crore in total. The government will also install CCTV cameras in all Anganwadi centres.

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In the Rs 53,000 crore budget, up from Rs 48,000 crore in 2017-18, Rs 13,997 crore (26 per cent of the budget) was allocated for education sector and Rs 6,729 (12.7 per cent) for health sector. There will also be subsidy for restaurants to encourage them to move from using coal to electricity or gas-based tandoors.

Government will also launch a incentivised pilot Agriculture-cum-Solar Farm scheme, under which solar panels will be installed on raised structures on agricultural farms without affecting the normal farming activities.

For the 2018-19 fiscal, Mr. Sisodia said, the government targeted the time-bound induction of 1,000 buses, each, for the DTC, under the cluster scheme and the creation of a new fleet of electric buses.

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Rs 100 crore allocated for free WiFi scheme.

Sisodia said, "1 lakh 20 thousand CCTVs will be installed in schools". "It is very unusual that the Aam Aadmi Party in every budget claimed that 1500 new buses would be added to the "Delhi Transport Corporation" fleet, 1000 Mohalla Clinics would be established, CCTV cameras will be setup and free Wi-Fi would be provided but nothing came on the ground", he said.

For the fix and maintenance of smaller roads owned by the municipal corporations of the city, the government has assigned Rs 100 crore for the plan. It is 19.45 per cent more than the revised budget estimate of Rs 44,370 crore for the previous financial year.

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Attacking the budget, BJP Delhi Chief Manoj Tiwari said: "From working on pollution control to ration distribution, this budget seems concentrating on privatizing the services".

Kejriwal govt presents Rs 53000 crore 'green' budget for 2018-19