Delhi government, Aam Aadmi Party presented a budget with of₹ 60,000 crores on Tuesday. The amount is reportedly almost double the budget presented by the government in 2015.
The highest allocation has continued to be directed towards education with an outlay of 26%. With the State Assembly elections to be held in 2020, this is apparently the last full budget presented by Manish Sisodia, the deputy chief minister, and finance minister. The budget was presented on the day the Indian Air Force struck the terrorist camps in Pakistan and thus dedicated the soldiers who were martyred in the Pulwama attack. Earlier, the Delhi CM had announced that he would go an indefinite fast for the demand of statehood in Delhi as there seemed to be no other option. However, keeping in mind the prevailing Indo-Pak scenario, he has postponed his fast. Addressing the fact that the issue of statehood was a key part of the budget, Sisodia said National capital should’ve attained statehood back in the year 1993 only, however, even after 25 years the people live in a state with no statehood. He threw light on the work done by the government in education, healthcare, transportation as he also included a progress report of their manifesto promises. He also said that the manifesto plans from 4 years back have been either fulfilled, are close to being fulfilled or are going to be focused on in the coming year.
This budget is for everyone and everyone has been taken care of," Kejriwal said after the budget was presented.