Kejriwal govt presents Rs 48,000cr budget; No new taxes, 24% allocation for education
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 08-Mar-2017

New Delhi, March 8: Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia tabled the Delhi Budget on Wednesday in which sectors like education, health, Infrastructure and transport are likely to get major allocation and no new tax included for the fiscal year 2017-18. Out of the Total Budget, 24% is allocated to Education Sector and 15% for MCD to improve functioning.
Presenting the Rs 46,600 crore budget in the state assembly, Sisodia said that Historic year for water infrastructure. 309 Unauthorized colonies got water supply for the first time in Delhi. Also, we reduced tax slabs. This year, we’ll cut tax on other things such as sanitary napkins. 12.5 per cent tax on sanitary napkins over Rs 20 will be reduced to 5 per cent.Embeded ObjectHe said, Delhi Govt proposes total outlay of Rs. 5506 Crores for public transport including road infrastructure in 2017-18. For security and welfare of senior citizens Delhi government will set up a commission. The number of beds in Government hospitals will be increased from 10,000 to 25,000 targets in upcoming financial year, said Deputy CM.

Delhi Budget 2017-18: Highlights

  • Rs 3,113 crore allocated for housing and slums
  • 106 crore allocated for forests’ and environment welfare.
  • Rs 2107.9 crore allocated for water sector.
  • Autorikshaws run on batteries will be given subsidy
  • For solar energy, the Delhi government will use the rooftops of Delhi residents.
  • 8000 new toilets to make Delhi free of open defecation.
  • Budget for Delhi Commission for Women increased by three times
  • 2,108 crore allotted to the development of Yamuna and sanitation across Delhi
  • 7571 crores to MCDs (14.9% more from last FY)
  • Water production will be done via water harvesting system
  • Drinkable water from taps will be done across Delhi, water will be provided for 24 hours
  • Rs 5,736 crore allocated for the health sector in 2017-18.
  • Early childhood learning centres will also be opened
  • All cluster buses and DTC buses will get electronic ticketing machines.
  • 100 crore for the construction of bus depots and new DTC buses.
  • 736 new DTC buses. 11 new bus depots.
  • 3 tier health systems was introduced in last two years
  • Two hostels for 23,000 sportsmen will be constructed.
  • Rs 100 crore allocated for 400 new libraries in Delhi Government schools
  • 10,000 new classrooms proposed in next financial year
  • Nursery classes will start in 156 schools
  • Art and Music education in schools
  • More computers in government schools, Punjabi Urdu clubs to be introduced
  • Principles of schools sent to Cambridge University to get training to teach better
  • 10 new world class night shelters for homeless people: Manish Sisodia
  • Increase in old age pension by Rs. 1,000 per month
  • Increased the minimum wages of the unskilled workers from Rs 9,724 to Rs 13,350 per month.
  • Increased the minimum wages by 37 per cent