Published: Mon, March 26, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

Delhi Budget: Road fix to be major thrust area, says Kejriwal

Delhi Budget: Road fix to be major thrust area, says Kejriwal

Education got around 25 percent of total Budget for the third consecutive year.

In the budget for the financial year 2017-2018, 23.5 per cent of the total budget amount was allocated for the education sector.

While presenting the budget, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said "We are going to thread 26 programmes and schemes of Transport, Power, Environment and PWD departments for devising a unified system of pollution control to bring down levels of different pollutants". "We have complete trust on our businessmen and they believe on the government, that's why we get more taxes' collection, " Mr Kejriwal said.

"Similarly, three superspeciality hospitals were built in Congress regime, in which the AAP Government had promised to add more facilities but nothing has been done in the last three years", he said. And for sports, Rs 20 crore has been allocated.

Rs 10 have been allocated for self defence training for students while Rs 15 crore has been allocated for school ranking to be done by Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

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Restaurants will be given a subsidy of Rs 5,000 per tandoor to replace coal-based ones with electricity or gas-based variants. Sisodia said CCTV cameras will be installed in institutions so that parents can know about their children. As much as 12 per cent of the budget has been allocated to health. He said in the 2016-17 period, 32 lakh people used travel by DTC buses daily and the number has now come down to 30.44 lakh.

The government allocated Rs15 crore for mobile van clinics and Rs 53 crore for scheme to send senior citizens on pilgrimages.

The government also gave Rs 6,903 crore to the local bodies, which is 13 per cent of the total budget and 9.88 per cent higher over 2017-18's allocations.

Maken said that it was very odd that in every AAP budget, it is claimed that 1500 new buses would be added to the DTC fleet, 1000 Mohalla Clinics would be established, and CCTV cameras will be setup and free Wi-Fi would be provided, but the ground reality is totally different as none of these promises have been fulfilled.

Rs 403 crore will be allocated for setting up "mohalla" and poly clinics in the national capital, the deputy chief minister said.

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