Delhi Budget: AAP govt allocates nearly Rs 14000 cr for education sector

Sisodia take LG's name 10 times during Budget presentation

The Minister also proposed a 26-point programme under "Green Budget" to preserve the environment."We have shortlisted 26 separate programmes and projects proposed by four departments of the Delhi Government (Environment, Transport, Power and Publics Works Department) and attempted to bring them together in the form of a concerted intiative to control pollution", Mr Sisodia said.Under "Green Budget", the Environment and Forest Department will carry out a real-time source apportionment study in partnership with the University of Washington, he stated.

In education which accounts for 26% of the total budget allocation, the government proposes to build 12,748 classrooms and 30 new schools.

The state finance minister, Manish Sisodia, said, "Despite demonetisation and GST, Delhi's economy is growing", adding that the government allocates Rs 1,000 crore for repairing small roads of the municipal corporations.

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Sisodia told the Assembly in his Budget speech that education had been given about 25 per cent of the total budget for a third consecutive year. Sisodia, while explaining the budget details, kept on taking a dig at Baijal for not clearing numerous government's projects.

The other schemes in the programme include subsidy for gas tandoors for restaurants, new city forests in different areas, replacing all street lights with LED and 1,000 fully electric buses.

In health sector, Rs 403 crore was allocated for Mohalla Clinics and Polyclinics and Rs 20 crore for free diagnostic tests at Delhi Government hospitals.

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Sisodia also declared that 50 per cent concession will be given in registration of CNG cars and solar panels will be installed over 16 km cycle track. This is 26% of the total budget from 23.5% in 2017-2018.

The government would spend Rs 5 lakh for school managing committees to strengthen libraries, arts and education. An incentive of Rs 1 lakh will be given to industries to switch over to piped natural gas.

Rs 15 crore allocated for school ranking to be done by Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

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Of the Rs 13,997 crore budget allocation, Rs 13,328 crore is the revenue budget, and Rs 759 crore is the capital budget. All school teachers will also get tablet computers to keep record of attendance. Sisodia said CCTV cameras will be installed in institutions so that parents can know about their children. The Delhi government has allocated Rs 175 crore for the objective.

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