Education gets 24 per cent in Delhi budget

In the budget for 2017-18, the AAP government has set aside Rs 119 crore for tourism sector.

The budget also suggested to start a new campus of Delhi Technical University east Delhi from next academic year. In the budget which was presented today in the Delhi Legislative Assembly, the government alloted Rs 11,300 crore for education, which is 24% of the total Budget outlay. The funds will be used for constructing 10,000 new classrooms, providing tablets to teachers, and distributing bananas and eggs among students under the mid-day meal scheme.

Picking holes, the BJP said the budget is "disappointing" and has remained silent on several key projects like setting up of CCTVs, free wifi and womens safety while the Congress said, contrary to the governments claim, the economy of Delhi is slowing.

Taking cue from the Centre, the AAP government's third budget has also done away with Plan and non-Plan expenditure heads this year.

In regards to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), the survey said that the network will be increased to almost 325 km after completion of Phase-III. "Under this outcome-oriented budget, there will be accountability for every single penny that is spent", said Sisodia.

However, currently, there are 10,820 beds in Delhi government hospitals.

She said, according to the Economic Survey, Delhis economic growth has slowed down for the first time in five years from 8.82 per cent in 2015-16 to 8.26 per cent in 2016-17.

The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government is to present its third budget since coming to power in 2015 on March 8, 2017. "If we ask for votes based on that, what's wrong with it?" This year's budget assumes significance in view of the next month's civic body elections in Delhi. This is against the actual targets. "This includes revenue budget of Rs 69 crore and capital budget of Rs 50 crore", he said.

  • Zachary Reyes