New Delhi: Slashing the Central assistance
to the national capital, a plan outlay of only Rs 1,031 crore
was made in the Union Budget which is Rs 161 crore less than
last year`s Rs 1,192 crore.
Out of the total allocation, Delhi government has been
given an amount of Rs 700 crore under Jawaharlal Nehru
National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) while Rs 281.75 crore has been given as normal assistance to the city government.
The allocation to the city government under JNNURM in
2011-12 was Rs 900 crore while normal assistance was Rs 252.70 crore.
The city government has also been given an amount of Rs
48.60 crore as allocation under the National Social Assistance
In the budget, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has
proposed an allocation of Rs 10 crore for building houses for
the economically weaker sections under Rajiv Awas Yojna.
A separate allocation of Rs 242 crore has been made in
the budget for NCR Planning Board which functions under
Ministry of Urban Develeopment. NCR Board is responsible for
implementing projects in the NCR comprising cities and towns
of neighbouring states.
Reacting to the allocation in the budget, a senior
official in Delhi Government said allocations were on the
expected lines and that government was not worried over cut in assistance. He pointed out that city government`s tax
collection in the current year has been quite satisfactory.
The revenue collection by Delhi government in the first
ten months of current fiscal went up by over Rs 2,800 crore
compared to the corresponding period in 2010-11.
The government has collected a total revenue of Rs 16,268
crore between April, 2011 and January 31, 2012 as against the
collection of Rs 13,467 crore in the same period last fiscal.