Delhi's annual budget under AAP focuses on education and health

| Monday, March 28, 2016 - 23:20
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Manish Sisodia and Arvind Kejriwal

Manish Sisodia said the Aam Aadmi Party government had built 21 new buildings for government schools | Photo: IANS

New Delhi: Delhi's AAP government on Monday unveiled a budget of Rs.46,600 crore for 2016-17, with education and health cornering the lion's share for a second straight year.

Education was allotted Rs.10,690 crore, or 23 percent of the total, and healthcare Rs.5,259 crore, a hike of Rs.472 crore over last year's budget, Finance Minister Manish Sisodia announced in the assembly.
Sisodia, who is also the deputy chief minister, said: "The highest allocation this year has been for education." He said Rs.4,645 crore of the total had been allocated under the plan head.
Taking a dig at the BJP and Congress, Sisodia said: "We are increasing the education budget every year whereas the central government, irrespective of the political party in power, has been decreasing the percentage of budget allocation for education every year."
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal praised the budget. "This is a budget for the people, for aam aadmi."

- VAT is proposed to be reduced from 20 percent to 12.5 percent on watches costing above Rs.5,000.
- Threshold limit of luxury tax is proposed to be increased from existing Rs.750 to Rs.1,500 per day per room.
- Total budget proposed for the financial year 2016-17 - Rs.46,600 crore.
- Allocation for education sector - Rs.10,690 crore. 
- Allocation for health sector - Rs.5,259 crore.
- Allocation for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation - Rs.763 crore.
- Initial allocation for CCTV cameras across Delhi - Rs.200 crore.
- Allocation for road infrastructure - Rs.2,208 crore.
- Allocation for public transport - Rs.1,735 crore (plan outlay). 
- Allocation for women's safety, security and empowerment - Rs.1068 crore.
- Allocation for Mohalla Rakshak Dal for women's safety - Rs.200 crore.
- Allocation for water supply and sanitation - Rs.1,976 crore (plan outlay).
- Allocation for Aam Aadmi Canteen - Rs.10 crore.
- Allocation for development works in unauthorised colonies - Rs.300 crore.
- Allocation for housing and urban development - Rs.2,466 crore (plan outlay).

Delhi will get a new Inter-State Bus Terminus at Dwarka, 3,000 new buses including 1,000 in the premium category, two elevated BRT Corridors including from Anand Vihar to Peergarhi (29 km) and from Wazirabad to the Delhi airport (24 km), and Mohalla Rakshak Dals for women's safety.

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