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Delhi FM Kailash Gahlot presents Rs 78,800 crore Budget for FY24

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Kailash Gahlot presents Rs 78,800-cr Budget for 2023-24 in Delhi AssemblyKailash Gahlot, Finance Minister (FM) of the Union Territory (UT) of Delhi, presented a Rs. 78,800 crore budget in the Delhi Assembly for the fiscal year 2023-24 (FY24), dedicated to a clean, beautiful, and modern Delhi.

  • The FY24 budget is the ninth consecutive budget of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government and it was Gahlot’s first budget presentation after taking over the finance department following the resignation of Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

The budget for the Delhi government was Rs. 75,800 crore in FY23 which was higher than that of Rs. 69,000 crore in FY22.

Highlights of the Budget FY24:

Amount allocated to different sectors

  • Education – Rs. 16,575 crore
  • Health – Rs. 9,742 crore
  • Transport, Road & Bridges – Rs. 9,031 crore
  • Water Supply & Sanitation – Rs. 6,343 crore
  • Power – Rs. 3,348 crore

i.With a budget of Rs. 320 crore, the Delhi government will collaborate with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) to build 3 “unique” double-decker flyovers.

ii.Nine new bus depots, three Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT), and two multi-level bus depots will all be built in addition to electrifying around 57 existing bus depots.

iii.The Delhi Government would provide Rs. 850 crore to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) in 2023-24 for the removal of three garbage mountains in Delhi: Okhla landfill by December 2023, Bhalswa landfill by March 2024, and Ghazipur landfill by December 2024.

iv.In addition, the Delhi government intends to connect all colonies to the sewer network and expand the capacity of sewage treatment plants to help clean the Yamuna River.

  • By March 2024, Delhi will be treating 890 million gallons of sewage per day, a significant increase over the 373 million gallons per day (MGD) treated in 2015.

v.Financial assistance of Rs. 8,241 crore would be provided to local bodies in FY24.

vi.Power subsidies in the power sector were utilised by about 84% of people.

  • Solar infrastructure would be installed totaling 6,000 megawatts (MW) by 2025.

vii.The Delhi government offers the most affordable electric vehicle (EV) charging services, and 900 EV charging points at 100 stations will be installed.

  • By the end of 2023, 1,600 e-buses will be in service, while 29 additional flyovers are being built.

viii.With Rs. 9,742 crore budgeted out for health in FY24, around 100 new Mahila mohalla clinics for the treatment of women will be opened.

  • There are currently 4 mahila mohalla clinics, which have treated over 42,000 people.

ix.In the field of education, the Delhi government would offer new tablets to all teachers and Deputy Directors of the Education Department in FY24.

x.There will be a rise in the number of specialized schools of excellence from 20 to 37.

xi.Central Government has allocated Rs 325 crore to Delhi as its share in central taxes.

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