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Arvind Kejriwal goverment to present its first Budget today

In order to improve education infrastructure, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government may double the fund allocation for education sector in its first budget. According to officials, the allocation for education sector will be highest in 22 years.

June 25, 2015 / 10:53 AM IST

Delhi Finance Minister and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will present the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government's first Budget on Friday.


The Budget is expected to have significant increase in allocations for the social sectors especially education, health and sanitation.


The AAP experimented with a 'participatory budget' conducting mohalla sabhas and inviting suggestions from the people.


In order to improve education infrastructure, the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government may double the fund allocation for education sector in its first budget. According to officials, the allocation for education sector will be highest in 22 years.


In the run up to Assembly elections, the Aam Aadmi Party had promised to construct 500 new schools and 20 colleges in the national capital.

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Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who is also Education Minister, has also advocated improving teaching system in government schools.


The AAP government has also promised to provide education loan of up to Rs 10 lakh to students. "The AAP Government wants to improve education infrastructure and in view this, more fund allocation for education is needed," said a government official.


The increase in proposed allocation will be in line with the AAP's political promises to upgrade education system in the national capital.


Sources said that health sector is also likely to see around 40 percent increase in allocation in the Budget which will be tabled on June 25 in the Assembly.


Delhi Assembly has been witnessing high drama since the session started on Tuesday. Three-BJP-MLA opposition created an uproar on Wednesday over tabling of the Fourth Delhi Finance Commission report, and were subsequently marshalled out of the House.


As soon as the House proceedings began, Opposition leader Vijendra Gupta and the other two BJP MLAs Om Prakash Sharma and Jagdish Pradhan, demanded tabling of the Commission's report on the financial condition of civic bodies in the city.


When Speaker Ram Niwas Goel did not pay heed to them, the trio rushed to the well of the House and shouted slogans demanding implementation of the Commission's report. Later, they went up to Goel.


The Speaker tried to pacify the BJP MLAs, but when they did not relent, he instructed the marshals to take them out of the Assembly and then resumed the budget proceeding.


The Assembly had on Tuesday passed three bills including the Delhi Legislative Assembly Members (Prevention of Disqualification) (Amendment) Bill.

Stunned by the government's move to pass these bills in the absence of Opposition, Gupta regretted that BJP could not participate in the discussion on the Bill because he and the other two BJP MLAs were forcibly removed from the Assembly by the marshals.

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