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Kejriwal govt presents Rs 53,000 crore ‘green’ budget for 2018-19

This is the first “Green budget” of the Delhi government for effective containment of pollution in the city

SNS | New Delhi |

A day after coming out with ‘outcome budget’ aimed at bringing about ‘high degree of transparency and accountability’ in public spending, the AAP government presented its Rs 53,000 crore budget for 2018-19 in the assembly on Thursday, which laid emphasis on environment, health, education and water.

The budget has gone up from Rs 30,900 crore to Rs 53,000 crore in three years, since the AAP government took over in the national capital.

Presenting the budget Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that the budget follows “trickle up” economics aiming to benefit poor and middle class people in Delhi.

“The budget estimates for 2018-19 are pegged at Rs 53,000 crore which is 19.45 per cent more than the revised budget estimates of Rs 44,370 crore for the previous financial year,” Sisodia said.

This is the first “Green budget” of the government for effective containment of pollution in the city, the Deputy CM said in the budget session of the Assembly.

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“We are going to thread 26 programmes and schemes of Transport, Power, Environment and PWD for devising a unified system of pollution control, bringing down levels of different pollutants,” he said.

The government has also proposed to set aside Rs 1,000 crore for repair and maintenance of smaller roads owned by the municipal corporations of the city, he said.

A tweet by AAP’s official handle listed the per year reduction in air pollutant emissions the budget would effect.

 

(With PTI inputs)