Education sector gets highest share of allocation in the Rs 65,000 crore budget
VINIT WAHI / NEW DELHI
A sum of Rs 50 crore has been dedicated for tackling the coronavirus epidemic in the Rs 65,000 budget presented in Delhi Assembly today. The education sector received the highest share of allocation of ₹15,815 crore.
Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia presented a budget of ₹65,000 crore for the 2020-21 fiscal here today.
While the budgetary outlay was ₹60,000 crore for the ongoing 2019-20 fiscal, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Delhi government’s first budget back in the year 2015 was ₹30,000 crore.
The education sector received the highest share of allocation of ₹15,815 crore, which is 24.33% of the total budget.
“When we came to power in 2015 Delhi’s per capita income was ₹2,70,261. Today, Delhi has seen exceptional growth of 44℅ in this figure which is also 3 times more than per capita income of the country,” Sisodia said.
Presenting the budget for the sixth consecutive time in the Assembly, Mr Sisodia said the Delhi government will implement the Ayushman Bharat Yojana of the Centre in the national capital.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had been accusing the Arvind Kejriwal government of stalling the scheme and depriving the people of Delhi of its benefits.
This was the first budget of the AAP government after it was re-elected to power with a thumping majority last month.
Manish Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, said the per capita income of Delhi had increased by 44 per cent over the last five years.
The budget focused on the education and health sectors, which the deputy chief minister said were important areas in the Arvind Kejriwal model of governance.
Presenting the budget in the presence of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia said digital classrooms will be set up in each government school and an amount of Rs 100 crore was set aside for the purpose.
The deputy chief minister, who also holds the education portfolio, proposed 145 new schools of excellence in the budget.
“By 2024, we will establish Delhi on the world’s education map,” he asserted.
The health sector was allocated Rs 7,704 crore for the next financial year. The government set aside Rs 724 crore for new hospitals and Rs 365 crore for setting up new mohalla clinics and polyclinics.
Manish Sisodia said the Kejriwal model of governance was centred around elements of economics and people’s welfare, pointing towards empowerment of women through free rides in public transport buses.
The free-bus-ride scheme for women will continue in the next financial year, he added.
The budget allocated Rs 1,700 crore for providing basic facilities in the unauthorised colonies of the national capital.
“Under the Kejriwal model of governance, the chief minister has guaranteed the largest and cheapest public transport system in Delhi.
“Under this, the government has a target to have a fleet of 11,000 buses and to lay metro lines for 500 kms,” Mr Sisodia said.
In view of a land crunch, the government will convert its four bus depots into multi-storey buildings to accommodate more buses, he added.
The budget allocated Rs 100 crore for the Mukhyamantri Teerth Yojana for 2020-21.
The city government will also run a “Campaign for Communal Harmony” across the national capital, Manish Sisodia said while underscoring its importance in the wake of last month’s violence in northeast Delhi.