? Rs 16,377 crore for the education sector
? Rs 9,934 crore for health sector
? Rs 521 crore for art, culture & tourism sector
New Delhi, Mar 9 (Mayank Nigam) The Delhi government on Tuesday presented a Rs 69,000-crore budget for financial year 2021-22 and announced free COVID-19 vaccination to all in its medical facilities in the next phase. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, presented the seventh budget themed on patriotism in the Assembly, and allocated Rs 1,293 crore for the expansion of healthcare services and an outlay of Rs 50 crore under the Aam Aadmi Nishulk COVID Vaccine Yojana.
The Minister announced free COVID-19 vaccination to all in government hospitals in the coming phase of the inoculation drive. The AAP government aims to increase Delhi’s per capita income to the level of Singapore by 2047, he said. The Delhi government will start Deshbhakti curriculum in its schools this year and also open first Sainik school in Delhi, Mr Sisodia said. He allocated Rs 16,377 crore, one-fourth of the total budget, for the education sector and Rs 9,934 crore for health sector.
He said virtual model school will be started in Delhi. The annual financial statement allocated Rs 45 crore for 500 flag masts across Delhi. It said water supply will be ensured in all unauthorised colonies in the next two financial years. He also announced that special “Mahila Mohalla Clinics” will be opened in Delhi. To promote yoga, the AAP government has also decided to provide yoga instructors in colonies for which an amount of Rs 25 crore has been allocated in the budget, Mr Sisodia added. The government also allocated Rs 521 crore for art, culture and tourism sector. The Budget session commenced on Monday with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s address to the House at 1100 hrs, followed by the presentation of the Economy Survey of Delhi (2020-21) by Mr Sisodia.
Delhi Budget would raise per capita income: Kejriwal
New Delhi, Mar 9 (FN Representative) Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday lauded the Budget for financial year 2011-22 his government presented which, he said, laid the foundation of future India of 2047 when India celebrates its 100 years of independence. He said the AAP government would make all efforts to raise Delhi’s per capita income by 16 per cent by that date, equal to that of Singapore.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who holds the finance portfolio, presented a Rs 69,000-crore Budget and announced free COVID-19 vaccination to all in its medical facilities. The seventh Budget of the AAP government has made provision of Rs 1,293 crore for expanding healthcare services and an outlay of Rs 50 crore under the Aam Aadmi Nishulk COVID Vaccine Yojana. The Minister announced free COVID-19 vaccination to all in government hospitals in the coming phase of the inoculation drive. Addressing a press conference in the Delhi Legislative Assembly after the Budget Mr Kejriwal said that despite tough times, a 6 per cent increase in allocation is commendable. He said the budget covers all aspects of society, from women to the elderly, students, youth, all religions, and all castes.
The Chief Minister further said that the FY 2021-22 Budget laid the foundation for India in 2047, when 100 years of independence will be celebrated and would reflect the aspirations of the people. Mr Kejriwal said that the aim for 2047 is to have the per capita income of Delhi equal to that of Singapore. “For that, we will have to increase the per capita income by 16 per cent and we will do whatever it takes to achieve that,” he said. Delhi’s per capita income fell by 5.9 per cent in the Covid-hit 2020-21 financial year. “Ever since our government has taken over, we have only got surplus budgets. Even the CAG has stated that Delhi does not make losses; this year’s budget is also a surplus budget,” he added. Mr Kejriwal said that 55 per cent of funds have been assigned towards ‘subsidy schemes, programmes, and development which displays efficient financial management on part of the Delhi government’. Mr Kejriwal also said that Delhi will bid for the 2048 Olympics, and the Delhi government will take up whatever infrastructure and other necessities that are needed to be created for the same. A special budget has been fixed for installing 500 flags, and organizing programs to inspire feelings of deshbhakti and nationalism in the people, he added.