Delhi Budget 2016: Manish Sisodia Reduces VAT, Promises Drinkable Water Via Pipeline By Dec 2017

| } March 28 , 2016 , 16:22 IST
The Delhi government has decided to hike the budget allocation of municipal corporations by Rs.1,000 crore, Finance Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Monday. delhi budget "The budget allocation for the municipal corporations of Delhi was Rs 5,908 crore last year. It was later increased to Rs 5,999 crore. This year we have decided to increase it to Rs 6,919 crore," Sisodia, the deputy chief minister and finance minister, told the Delhi assembly. KEY HIGHLIGHTS: - VAT on marbles, ready made garments reduced to 5% - 5% tax on all fabrics and textiles except 'khadi', 5% tax on plastic waste. VAT reduced on footwear from 12% to 5%. - Rs 30 cr to be invested in Delhi festival, brand Delhi initiative - DSIIDC has been asked to start work of road and drain in unauthorised colonies of Delhi. Rs 300 cr allocated. - Rs 2,466 cr for development of city infrastructures - Drinkable water to be made available via pipeline by December 2017 - Rs 200 crores for Mohalla Rakshak Dal to ensure safety - Rs 100 crores to be invested in making roads cleaner and greener - Rs 114 crores for lighting 42,000 dark spots in Delhi - 11 roads will be redesigned to make public transportation safer, Rs 2,208 allocated for the same - 2 elevated BRT corridors to improve public transportation in Delhi - Subsidy on E-rickshaws increased from Rs 15,000 to Rs 30,000 - Rs 5,259 cr (16 per cent of total budget) has been allocated to improve health system - 1,000 new Mohalla clinics will be set up to improve health: Sisodia - 23 per cent of the total budget i.e. Rs 10,690 crore have been allocated for education sector - Rs 48 cr allocated to improve sports facilities in schools - Rs 100 cr for CCTV installation in schools. To recruit teachers in this financial year. - Rs 152 cr for vocational training - Nearly 8,000 new classrooms, toilets have been made in government schools - 21 new schools have been constructed to provide better education - Aam Aadmi canteen for poor, allocates Rs 10 crore for the same - Rs 350 crores allocated for Swaraj vision: Manish Sisodia - Govt is working on providing high-quality WiFi at public place at low cost - Delhi’s per capita income is three times more than the national average. - Total budget outlay for this financial year is Rs 46,600 cr - People’s money is being invested for good work - Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia tabled the Delhi Budget at 2 pm on Monday. Sectors like education, health and transport are likely to get major allocation. - We have zero tolerance policy against corruption Taking a dig at the BJP-controlled civic bodies, he also asked them to utilise the money properly. "I hope the MCD will utilise this money to pay the salaries of its employees on time. This is public money and the MCD should not waste it by indulging in corrupt activities," he said. Talking about the much-hyped WiFi projects, Sisodia said the government would evaluate the pilot projects and come up with more efficient WiFi system in the national capital. "The government has started pilot projects for WiFi in buses, outdoor WiFi in Burari and some NDMC areas. The government would come up with an efficient WiFi system after studying the pros and cons of the pilot projects," he added.