New Delhi: Amid a lockdown in the national capital to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Delhi government on Monday presented its budget in the Assembly. During the budget presentation, Delhi Deputy CM and Finance Minister Manish Sisodia said the Delhi government has earmarked Rs 50 crore in the state budget 2020-21 to deal with the coronavirus. Also Read - ‘Zero Paper Attendance to be Implemented in Delhi Govt Schools From April 1,’ Says Sisodia
During the budget presentation, Sisodia said that the government will convert four depots into multi-storeyed buildings to accommodate more buses as there is issue with land and space. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: ‘Schools up to Class 5 in Delhi to Remain Shut Till March 31,’ Says Sisodia
“Delhi government to implement Ayushman Bharat Yojana in Delhi,” Sisodia announced in the assembly. Also Read - Process of Setting up of Isolation Wards Underway in 25 Hospitals Across Delhi-NCR: Sisodia on Coronavirus
Saying that the Delhi government will introduce ‘Delhi Darshan Scheme’, he said Rs 10 crore will be provided for the purpose. “Delhi government to give Rs 100 crore for ‘Mukhyamantri Teerth Yojana Scheme’ in next financial year,” he added.
Apart from providing Rs 193 crore to redesign city roads, Sisodia said the government will allocate Rs 1,700 crore for basic facilities in unauthorised colonies.
Talking about free bus rides for women, he said the facility will continue in next financial year.
Proposing to set up 145 new schools of excellence in Budget 2020-21, Sisodia said digital classes in every school will be set up and Rs 100 crore will be provided for the purpose.
He also said that the Delhi government will provide Rs 7,704 crore for health sector in next financial year. “Delhi government will allocate Rs 724 crore for new hospitals, Rs 365 crore for more mohalla clinics, polyclinics,” he added further.
Presenting Rs 65,000-crore budget for next financial year, Sisodia said in last five years, there has been 44 per cent increase in per capita income of Delhiites.
Ahead of the budget presentation, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, taking to Twitter, said the presentation of the budget in the Delhi Assembly was necessary as the government would not be able to spend money from April 1 without its passage.
“Today. Budget will be presented in the Delhi Assembly. Despite lockdown in Delhi, it is necessary to do this because without passage of budget, the government won’t be able to spend money from April 1,” Kejriwal tweeted in Hindi.
The Delhi government on Sunday said the city will be in lockdown from March 23 to 31, under which no public transport, including private buses, taxis and autorickshaws will be allowed.