INDIA: Delhi finance minister Kailash Gahlot presented a Rs 78,800 crore budget in the Delhi Assembly for the financial year 2023–24. This resubmission of the budget comes amid MHA asking the National Capital government for clarifications regarding the allocation of funds for infrastructure and advertisements.
Moreover, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging him to allow the city government’s budget, as a budget requires approval from the President through the Union Home Ministry.
In the current budget, out of the 78,800 crores in funds, the Delhi government has allotted Rs 16,575 crore for education in the financial year 2023–24. In addition, 350 government schools in Delhi would receive 20 laptops each, according to Finance Minister Gahlot.
He also announced that teachers, principals, and vice principals will also receive tablets for improved study convenience.
Gahlot, while presenting the budget, brought everyone’s attention to the points where he will put stress, such as enhancing the capital’s infrastructure, sanitation, and transportation facilities besides health and education.
This year’s budget is higher than the last financial year, as Rs 69,000 crore was allocated for the financial year 2022–23. The capital city’s financial minister also announced Rs 19,400 crore for the redevelopment of roads in the coming 10 years.
Out of the current four Mahila Mohalla clinics, 100 more have been announced. In addition, the number of free medical tests offered in polytechnics, dispensaries, and hospitals as well as mohalla clinics will rise from 200 to 450.
Four hospitals will be active this year, while nine new hospitals will be inaugurated. Between 14,000 and 30,000 hospital beds will be available in the city. The city’s transportation facility has always been praised, so now, improvising more in the friend Rs 9,333 crores is kept for the transport sector.
Free bus rides for women will be continued. For last-mile connectivity, the government will deploy 1,500 e-scooters. Along with this, the government has proposed allocating Rs 200 crore for pensions and Rs 4,744 crore for social security.
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