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Delhi Budget 2017-18: Key Highlights

Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party government has today announced the Delhi Budget 2017-18. Finance Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia has presented AAP’s third budget in Delhi Assembly. Created outside the tradition of financial spending and outlays, the 2017 budget is being call the first ‘Outcome Budget’ of Delhi. In this post we have mentioned what Delhi Budget 2017 has brought with it on all the crucial areas such as education, health and electricity. Read on to find out what Delhi Budget for fiscal year 2017-18 will mean to you and your pocket.

Delhi Budget 2017-18: Key Highlights

  • In the 2017-18 Outcome Budget, allocations made to each department will be accompanied with goals and how they will benefiit the common man.
  • Demonetisation caused an economic downturn yet, Delhi’s GSDP has increased to Rs. 622385 crore this year from Rs. 551963 crore in 2016.
  • Minimum wages increased by 37%.
  • Rs. 10,690 crore (22.9% of the total budget outlay) was allocated to education sector in 2016-17.
  • EWS admission will not happen on reference basis. 9 new vocational colleges started.
  • The outcome budget will be like a contractual agreement between the government and its departments.
  • Total budget outlay has increased to Rs 48,000 crore in 2017-18 from Rs 46,600 crore last year.
  • Proposal to set up 10,000 new classrooms in the next financial year.
  • To start nursery classes in 156 schools.
  • Allocation of Rs 100 crore for 400 new libraries in Delhi government schools.
  • Banana and boiled egg to be served in midday meals in Delhi’s government schools.
  • Rs 2,108 crore allocated for water supply and Yamuna cleaning.
  • To set up early childhood learning centres. Ten early childhood centres will be opened on a pilot basis. These learning centres will help children concentrate on their learning abilities and develop in their first 2-6 years.
  • Allocation of Rs 5,736 crore for health sector in 2017-18.
  • Working to provide 24×7 water supply.
  • To encourage rain water harvesting.
  • Under 20,000 litres water free scheme, there were over 12 lakh zero water bills last year.
  • To allocate Rs 100 crore for development of bus terminal and depot. Rs 5,506 crore allocation for public transport.
  • Delhi Commission for Women budget increased by three times.
  • Allocation of Rs 20 crore for development of Chatth ghats in Delhi.
  • To develop Yamuna riverfront.
  • To allocates Rs 119 crore for tourism and culture.
  • Autorikshaws running on batteries will get subsidy.
  • 8000 new toilets.
  • To use the rooftops of Delhi residents for solar energy.
  • Two elevated BRT corridors- from Anand Vihar Terminal to Peeragarhi and from Wazirabad to Airport.
  • To increase government hospitals from 10,000 to 25,000.
  • Teachers to get tablets for keeping a track of student’s progress.
  • Salary of guest lecturers increased from Rs 17,000 to Rs 21,000 and from Rs 32,000 to Rs 34,000.
  • Old age pension increased by Rs. 1,000 per month.
  • No new tax proposals announced for the fiscal year 2017-18.
  • Tax on sanitary napkins costing over Rs 20 will be reduced from 12.5 percent to 5 percent.

Also Read: Union Budget 2017-18: Highlights & Expert Analysis

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