India GDP may grow at 5%, but Sheila Dikshit's Budget vows 9% for Delhi
Presenting the budget in the state assembly, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit amid occasional protests by opposition BJP MLAs, said "I am proposing a tax free-budget".
In her around 90-minute budget speech, Dikshit expressed confidence that the national capital's GDP growth will touch nine per cent against the national average of five per cent as she outlined the development activities taken up by her government in several sectors, including health, water, infrastructure and transport.
With assembly poll expected in November this year and after a drubbing Congress got in last year's municipal election, Dikshit sought to woo the electorate with enhanced social spending, earmarking Rs 10,351 crore or 65 per cent of total plan outlay of Rs 16,000 crore. The non-plan outlay is Rs 21,000 crore.
Among the sectors, transport has got the highest allocation of Rs 3,876 crore followed by Health Rs 2,490 crore, Education Rs 1981 crore, Urban Development Rs 1840 crore and Water Rs 1,665 crore.
"Delhi is on track to grow at nine per cent compared to five per cent for the country...The per capita income of Delhi now stands at Rs 2,01,083. It has gone up by five times since this government came into power. In 1998, when
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