AAP Tables ‘Swaraj Budget’

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New Delhi: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday tabled AAP government’s first budget in the Assembly. Addressing the Assembly while presenting the budget, Sisodia said, “This is a budget of aam aadmi and we have tried to take into account the expectation and aspirations of the people of Delhi. Through this budget, we want to develop Delhi as a world class skill centre.”He termed the budget as the country’s first ‘Swaraj Budget’.

Sisodia said that the proposed Delhi budget estimate for the year 2015-16 was Rs 41,129 crore. As part of a pilot programme, we will allocate Rs 20 crore each for 11 Assembly constituencies for development work, he added.

Out of the total allocation in Delhi budget 2015, the largest amount of Rs 9, 836 crore has been allocated for education, an increase of 106 per cent over the previous government’s budget. Health has received the second highest allocation of Rs 4,787 crore, followed by transport – Rs 5,085 crore, which is 23 per cent more than the allocation of 2014-15.

One of the most noticeable announcement that Sisodia made was creation of a ‘Swaraj Nidhi’ which will be used at the disposal of the aam aadmi. The government has allocated Rs 253 crore for the fund. While the budget allocates Rs 1690 crore for water and electricity, an amount of Rs 5,908 crore has been allocated for local civic bodies, Sisodia said.

In an apparent dig at the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre, Manish Sisodia chose to quote a couplet: “Na rehber se milega, na rehguzar se milega, yeh toh hamaare paaon ka kaanta hai, yeh hamin se niklega.”

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been involved in a bitter battle with Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Najeeb Jung over transfer, postings of bureaucrats and Delhi police officials. Delhi Police is controlled by the Centre through the L-G and the Delhi government is not authorized to send back officers to the Centre.

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