Delhi government outlays Rs65,000 crore for 2020-21
Manish Sisodia says AAP government will implement the centre’s healthcare scheme-- Ayushman Bharat
NEW DELHI :
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)-led Delhi government on Monday passed a budget with an outlay of Rs65,000 crore for 2020-21. Presenting the budget, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio said the government will implement the central government’s healthcare scheme - Ayushman Bharat Yojana.
Sisodia said that the government has made a provision of Rs3 crore in the revised estimates of the current financial year, a provision of Rs50 crore has been made for 2020-21 and assured that any extra money required for Corona will also be provided in future.
This was the first budget of the AAP government after it came to power in February. The budget session of the government was curtailed as the city was put under lockdown with the spread of the deadly coronavirus. It was for the first time that the budget was passed in the Delhi assembly without discussion and the session started without an address by Lieutenant Governor (LG).
“Congratulations to Manish Sisodia ji, Finance Minister, for presenting a very good budget. It makes provisions for every section of society. It is a concrete step towards making our Delhi a modern and best city in the world," chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said after the budget was presented.
Sisodia said that in the last five years, the per capita income of Delhi had grown by 44% and was three times more than the per capita income of the country. He said the budget was focused on making Delhi into a world-class city.
Continuing with the previous budgets, education continued to be given the largest outlay with Rs15,815 crore allocations which is approximately 25% of the total budget. Health has been allocated Rs7,704 crore.
The budget focussed on the guarantees made by the Kejriwal ahead of elections. Sisodia announced that the government’s schemes for providing free lifeline electricity, free travel in buses for women and free wi-fi will continue.