New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday presented Delhi’s Rs36,776 crore budget for fiscal 2014-15 in parliament, proposing a new speciality hospital and 100 ambulances for accident victims, keeping tax rates unchanged.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) dismissed the budget as “betrayal” of the people of Delhi, saying the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) cannot be credited with not introducing fresh taxes as under president’s rule, no new tax is levied when the budget is presented in parliament.
The Congress called the budget as “directionless.”
The budget proposes Rs260 crore power subsidy for small consumers, ranging from Rs0.80-Rs1.20 per unit, four new sewage treatment plants, 50 dialysis centres and Rs2,400 crore for education. The maximum amount — Rs3,702 crore — was set aside for the transport sector, followed by an allocation of Rs2,724 crore for the health sector.
The task, normally carried out in the state assembly, had to be taken up by the union finance minister as the state is under president’s rule. Jaitley said the city-state will also get community toilets for slum dwellers, more night shelters and low-floor buses. “No new taxes have been levied in the budget,” he said.
“Considering the increased number of accident and trauma cases, 110 mobile ambulances will be deployed.”
In the interim budget presented by the United Progressive Alliance government, the state was allotted an outlay of Rs32,732 crore. The central assistance has been kept at Rs349 crore, Rs682 crore lower than the previous year’s Rs1,031 crore.
In the budget, Rs1,249.20 crore was sanctioned for the water sector. Budget proposals on power subsidy come against the backdrop of a revision of tariff announced by the regulator the day before. IANS