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Delhi Budget passed by Assembly

The Rs 27,067 crore budget, presented on March 22 by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was passed by voice-vote after days of marathon discussions.



New Delhi: The annual budget for the year 2010-11 of the Delhi Government was on Monday passed by the Assembly amid absence of opposition BJP MLAs who were removed from the house for disrupting its proceedings.

The Rs 27,067 crore budget, presented on March 22 by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit was passed by voice-vote after days of marathon discussions.

Earlier, replying to the budget discussion Dikshit, who had presented her first budget in 12 years at helm, announced withdrawal of 12.5 percent VAT on diaper for old people and 5 percent VAT handloom furnishing.

In her speech, Dikshit termed the budget as "development-oriented" and said 58 percent allocation out of the total plan outlay of Rs 13,600 has been earmarked for social sector.

"As we have already developed the infrastructure, now we are putting our focus on the social sector. Last year, the plan outlay for social sector was Rs 6,295 crore which has been increased to Rs 7,892," said Dikshit.

In her Rs 27,067 crore budget, Dikshit had set aside Rs 13,600 crore as plan outlay and Rs 13,307 crore as non-plan expenditure.

Dikshit stated that there has been a substantial increase in plan outlay under various sectors.

There has been an increase of 21 percent in allocation for general education, 67 percent for allocation to schemes for welfare of SC,ST,OBC and minorities, eight percent in allocation for Women and Child Welfare department and 10 percent to health sector, she said.

Dikshit also announced increasing in the amount under MLA LAD fund from Rs 2 crore to Rs 4 crore. She had proposed to increase the fund to Rs 2.5 crore in her budget speech.

The enhanced amount, includes an amount of Rs 1 crore for water and sewage works which each MLA gets from Delhi Jal Board and Rs 10 lakh under District Development Committee scheme.

Dikshit also announced that her government will provide Rs 25,000 to any widow for marriage of her daughter instead of current Rs 20,000.

About development of basic infrastructure in unauthorised colonies, Dikshit said government has also revised the plan outlay for various development works in
unauthorised colonies during 11th Five Year Plan from Rs 2,800 crore to Rs 3,007 crore.

The Chief Minister while refuting the claim of BJP`s Jagdish Mukhi that government has not provided any subsidy to make available wheat flour at reasonable rates, she said more than Rs 10 crore was spent for providing food
articles at subsidised rates since 2006-07.

PTI

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