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Health, education key focus in AAP budget

AAP Govt in Delhi unveils a budget of Rs.46,600 crore for 2016-17, with health and education being main focus

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Publish Date: Mar 28 2016 8:48PM | Updated Date: Mar 28 2016 8:50PM

Health, education key focus in AAP budget

 AAP Government in Delhi unveiled a budget of Rs.46,600 crore for 2016-17, with health and education being main focus once again.

 
Education was given Rs.10,690 crore, while healthcare Rs.5,259 crore, an increase of Rs.472 crore over last year's budget, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also hold finance portfolio, announced Assembly on Monday.
 
Sisodia said: "The highest allocation this year has been for eduction." He said Rs.4,645 crore of the total had been allocated under the plan head.
 
Critising Congress and BJP, Sisodia said, "We are increasing the education budget every year whereas the central government, irrespective of the political party in power, has been decreasing the percentage of budget allocation for education every year."
 
Praising the budget, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "This is a budget for the people, for aam aadmi."
 
"The health department is being allocated Rs.5,259 crore... Delhi will get 1,000 community clinics and 150 polyclinics," said Sisodia. The allocation for health last year was Rs.4,787 crore.
 
Government would reduce VAT on a slew of products including namkeens, sweets and readymade garments, from 12.5 to five percent.
 
Budget of the three BJP-held municipal bodies -- whose employees have repeatedly gone on strike -- was hiked by over Rs.1,000 crore: from Rs.5,908 crore last year to Rs. 6,919 crore.
 
Sisodia said government had built 21 new buildings for government schools, which will be functional in July this year.
 
The Delhi government allocated Rs.350 crore for 'Swaraj Nidhi', a fund to execute projects selected through Mohalla Sabhas. Sisodia also announced implementation of Swaraj Nidhi in all 70 constituencies.
 
Planned expenditure of the budget has been kept at Rs.20,600 crore and non-plan at Rs.26,000 crore.
 
Deputy CM said that about 95 percent of the budget will be from governments resources, and only five percent will be provided by the central government. 
 
Of the total budget, Rs.36,500 crore will come from the taxes collected, he added.
 
He also pointed out that namkeens and sweets are items which are consumed daily and needed to be made cheaper.