Delhi Assembly adopts vote-on-account



New Delhi: The Delhi government on Wednesday presented vote-on-account of Rs 30,970 crore that includes a Plan outlay of Rs 15,000 crore to take care of expenses for two months till a regular Budget is presented in the House after the MCD elections.

The vote-on-account, which was passed by voice vote, includes Plan outlay of Rs 15,000 crore, approved by the Planning Commission, Rs 15,811 crore as non-Plan spending and Rs 159 crore of centrally sponsored schemes.

"The Budget estimates for the total expenditure during the year 2012-13 is Rs 30,970 crore," said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who also holds Finance portfolio, presenting the Budget amid noisy scenes by BJP members who shouted slogans against the government.

"The bifurcation in terms of revenue and capital size of Budget is 2012-13 is Rs 21,675.47 crore and Rs 9,135.53 crore respectively," she said.

The BJP members were on their feet since the Assembly convened and trooped into the Well of the House when Dikshit began reading her speech in protest against corruption and non-availability of water in certain areas in capital.

BJP MLA Satyaprakash, who went near the Chief Minister's seat when she was presenting the vote on account, was removed from the House, which was adjourned within 40 minutes after passing the vote on account.

Dikshit said the proposed budgetary expense of Rs 30,811 crore will be funded from revenue receipts of Rs 31,395 crore. They include tax revenue of Rs 24,310 crore, non-tax revenue of Rs 697 crore, other grants from the Government of India of Rs 1,444 crore, capital receipts of Rs 626 crore and interest local bodies of Rs 3,993 crore.

Dikshit said she would give a more detailed statement on the performance policies and priorities at a later stage in the regular Budget, which is expected be presented in May after the MCD polls end on April 15.

PTI