Kejriwal govt’s swaraj budget is for the aam aadmi
GN Bureau | June 25, 2015
A promise was made in the governance of Delhi and the first outcome was ‘swaraj budget’. Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia presented AAP government's first budget in the Assembly on Thursday and the largest allocation is for education. This budget was framed after widespread consultation with the people of Delhi. “We received at least 1,500 suggestions for this budget,” said Sisodia.
"This is a budget of aam aadmi and we have tried to take into account the expectation and aspirations of the people of Delhi," Sisodia said as chief minister Arvind Kejriwal listened. Heeding to peoples demand he announced that no contractor would get payment for their work unless people are satisfied with the work done.
The proposed budget estimate for the year 2015-16 was Rs 41,129 crore and 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.
The budget also allocates Rs 20 crore each for 11 Assembly constituencies for development work.
Sisodia announced creation of Rs 253 crore 'Swaraj Nidhi', which will be at the disposal of the aam aadmi.
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.
On the transport front the budget promises to introduce single ticket for travel by autorickshaws, buses and the metro. The Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) has been given Rs 1,084 crore.
Almost 12% of the budget allocation is going to the Centre against the loans taken by the Delhi government in the past. Sisodia announced that the AAP government aims at make Delhi India's first corruption free state.
Some of the highlights of the budget:
All colleges and villages in Delhi to get free wifi.
Loans up to Rs 10 lakh each for higher education studies.
Girls will get the loan at 1% lesser interest rate.
Marshals to travel in public transport to ensure safety of women.
CCTV cameras will also be installed in all the buses.
15 new sewer treatment plant proposed.
Cleaning of Yamuna river and make it a picnic spot in the next five years.
In three years whole of Delhi to get clean drinking water.
Labour welfare centres to be established.
New old age homes will come up.
Six new working women hostels.
Rs 3695 crore for transport in Delhi.
E-rickshaw drivers will get subsidy of Rs 15,000.
A single ticket will be available for travelling in metro, buses and autorickshaws.
Different modes of transport to be inter-connected.
10,000 beds will be increased in hospitals and 1,000 new clinics to be set up.
70 schools will work in two shifts.
Rs 310 crore for skill development and professional education.
New skill development university to be set up.
50 schools to become model schools.
CCTV cameras in classrooms.
100% literacy in Delhi in the next two years.
Single-window clearance system to ease business.
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