Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP govt proposes Rs 37,750 crore expenditure for 2015-16

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New Delhi | Published: March 25, 2015 1:14:13 PM

Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Tuesday proposed a budget outlay of Rs 37,750 crore for 2015-16...

Arvind Kejriwal, arvind Kejriwal news, aam aadmi party, aap news, delhi government, aap promises, aap delhi, delhi budget, delhi budget amount, delhi latest news, arvind kejriwal latest news, india newsPresenting the vote-on-account, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the total budget estimates of Rs 37,750 crore included Rs 15,350 crore for plan expenditure and an outlay of Rs 21,500 crore for non-plan expenses. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia

Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Tuesday proposed a budget outlay of Rs 37,750 crore for 2015-16 and presented a vote-on-account for the next three months in the assembly as it will come out with a full-budget in June after holding wide-ranging consultations with citizen groups.

Presenting the vote-on-account, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the total budget estimates of Rs 37,750 crore included Rs 15,350 crore for plan expenditure and an outlay of Rs 21,500 crore for non-plan expenses.

Sisodia, who holds the Finance portfolio, said government has set a target of collecting Rs 32,641 crore as taxes in 2015-16 while Rs 681 crore will come from capital receipts and Rs 1,327 crore will be generated as non-tax revenue.

He said government will get Rs 325 crore from Delhi’s share in central taxes, Rs 395 crore as normal central assistance and Rs 900 crore from the Centre for its schemes.

Sisodia said the demands for grants for the full year 2015-16 will be revised at the time of presentation of regular budget.

He said the full budget will be presented after holding deliberations with the citizens who elected the government with an “unprecedented historic mandate”.

“Our Government has decided to formulate the budget taking into consideration the present and future needs of residents of Delhi in order to address their issues, problems and difficulties. We intend to work in complete partnership with the common man for addressing their issues and problems and for preparation of future plans,” he said.

The Deputy Chief Minister said the government has already started working in this direction by constituting the Delhi Dialogue Commission under the chairmanship of the Chief Minister and consisting of a team of experts from different fields.

“We intend to have a fresh look into the complete budgetary process and prepare such plan for optimum utilization of our resources,” he said.

Talking about the current fiscal, Sisodia said the budget utilization remained on the lower side and around 61 per cent of plan outlay was utilised upto February.

He said revenue receipts of the government have also declined, adding budget size was reduced from Rs 36,766 crore in budget estimates to Rs 34,790 crore in revised estimate.In order to give effect to the revised estimates for 2014-15, Supplementary Demands for Grants amounting to Rs 35,198 crore was also laid before the House.

On the economy, Sisodia said the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of Delhi at current prices in this fiscal is likely to attain Rs 4,51,154 crore showing a growth of 15.35 per cent over previous year.

“At constant prices, Delhi’s economy is poised to grow at the rate of 8.2 per cent during 2014-15 compared to 7.4 per cent growth at national level. The contribution of Delhi to the national GDP is about 3.86 per cent, though we are only 1.4 per cent of the total population of the country.

Presenting the budget, Sisodia expressed unhappiness over the non-plan grant of Rs 325 crore to Delhi by the Centre in lieu of share in central taxes for the next financial year, saying this amount has remained stagnant since the last 14 years.

“The contribution of Delhi in the service tax, income tax, corporate tax and custom and central excise is very significant as compared to other metropolitan cities. In spite of that, Delhi’s share in Central Taxes remains stagnant at Rs 325 crore since 2001-02.

“The Fourteenth Central Finance Commission has recommended increasing the devolution of Central Taxes to States from 32 per cent to 42 per cent. Delhi being Union Territory, is deprived from the benefit of this recommendation. Had this recommendation been applied to Delhi, then Delhi would have received approximately Rs 25,000 crore during the award period (2015-20),” Sisodia said.

The Deputy Chief Minister also mentioned about Delhi Government not having rights over land in the city and said it has to purchase land from DDA at a steep price for development and infrastructure needs which costs the exchequer significantly.

“As a result, a major chunk of state tax resources are spent on purchase of land. Thus in order to ensure smooth development of Delhi, DDA should provide land free-of-cost land for development of infrastructure.

“Also, at present the Govt of NCT of Delhi has no direct role in the city planning made by DDA. It is thereby suggested that a metropolitan planning body be set up for comprehensive planning of the city,” he said.

The annual per capita income in Delhi at current prices in 2014-15 is anticipated to increase to Rs 2,40,849 as per advance estimates of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP), which is 2.7 times higher than the per capita income at national level.

Sisodia said the plan outlay for 2014-15 was revised to Rs 15,450 crore while non-plan Expenditure was revised to Rs 18,440 crore.

The regular budget for Delhi for the current year was approved by the Parliament on July 18 last year for Rs 36,766 crore which included plan expenditure of Rs 16,700 crore and non-plan expenditure of Rs 19,066 crore.

In the non-plan expenditure, provision of Rs 1083 crore was made for Delhi Transport Corporation to meet its operating deficit and Rs 351 crore towards power and water subsidy to domestic consumers.

Listing achievements of the government, Sisodia said it has already announced 50 per cent subsidy to domestic power consumers whose monthly consumption does not exceed 400 units.

“This scheme will benefit around 36 lakh domestic consumers which is 90 per cent of total electricity consumers under domestic category. The scheme involves a budgetary implication of Rs 70 crore in the current financial year,” he said.

The Deputy Chief Minister also talked about the free water scheme under which 20,000 litres of free water per month is being given to those having metered connection.

“There are 18.09 lakh consumers being billed by DJB, out of which, 9.55 lakh consumers will get benefit which is more than 50 per cent of total consumers. For the water subsidy, Rs 21 crore will be required for which provision has been made in the Revised Estimate 2014-15,” he said.

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