AAP allocates almost Rs 14000 crore for education sector in its budget

Delhi Economic Survey 2017-18 3 lakh fewer girls than boys enrolled in private schools healthier trend in govt schools

The uneasiness between the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ministers and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal was visible as Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia presented the finance budget on Thursday.

In the past, the AAP government has presented an "education and health budget' and "outcome budget".

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia who is also the Finance Minister while presenting the budget said, "This budget covers 34 departments of the government and would go beyond the usual way of measuring a scheme by the expenditure of allocated funds".

Sisodia also declared that 50 per cent concession will be given in registration of CNG cars and solar panels will be installed over 16 km cycle track. An incentive of Rs 1 lakh will be given to industries to switch over to piped natural gas.

26 percent of Budget is allocated for education, total amount Rs. 13,997 Crore.

The budget provides for subsidies to restaurants to replace coal tandoors with electricity- or gas-based tandoors.

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The Samajwadi Party has 47 MLAs in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, of whom Nitin Agarwal is expected to vote for the BJP. The BSP chief also blamed the BJP for trying to blackmail her.

The 26 initiatives listed out by the government in this year's budget also included procuring 1,000 electric buses, introduction of 905 feeder electric buses meant for last mile connectivity from Metro stations and expansion of eligibility criteria for e-rickshaw subsidy that have also figured in the budgets of past governments.

He said tablets will be provided to all teachers in government schools to help them keep an online record of students. It is for the third consecutive year that education is getting around 25 per cent of the budget allocation.

Others important allocations include Rs 100 crore for free WiFi access, a project that was pilot-launched in 2016 but failed to take off.

Installation of CCTV cameras in school buildings, self-defense training for girl students, promotion of sports in schools and setting up of a world-class skill center are among the big-ticket promises made by the AAP government in today's budget proposal.

The government has proposed to launch a universal health insurance scheme with an outlay of Rs100 crore.

He said this is the first "green budget", under which 26 specific actionable points have been mentioned to reduce pollution levels in the national capital, and the government has also fixed a time-line for every project the progress of which will be reviewed by the chief secretary every week.

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