Budget 2019: Arvind Kejriwal miffed with ₹1,112 cr. allocation

Says share in central taxes remains frozen, nothing earmarked for local bodies

The Centre allocated ₹1,112 crore for the Capital in the Interim Budget on Friday, while keeping its share in central taxes and duties unchanged.

The Delhi government was given ₹472 crore as central assistance in the Interim Budget for 2019-20, presented by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal in Parliament.

In the previous Budget, the Centre had allotted a total of ₹790 crore. The central assistance to the Delhi government was ₹499.99 crore.

Terming the Budget the “final jumla” of the Narendra Modi government, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said it has disappointed the city. “Final jumla of Modi govt : it’s interim budget too completely disappoints Delhi. Our share in central taxes remains frozen at ₹325 crore & nothing earmarked for local bodies. Delhi continues to be on its own financially [sic.],” tweeted Mr. Kejriwal.

In the Interim Budget, ₹10 crore has also been given to the AAP government for paying enhanced compensation to the 1984 riot victims. The same amount had been given in the 2018-19 Budget.

Apart from this, the grant for the Delhi Disaster Response Fund remained unchanged with an allocation of ₹5 crore.

Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia said the share in central taxes of Delhi had not been increased from ₹325 crore and had remained “stagnant since 2001-02.”

“The Delhi government deserves its legitimate share in central taxes to finance various developmental projects. We had requested the Centre to enhance the allocation to ₹6,000 crore as share in central taxes as against ₹325 crore being released to Delhi,” the statement said.

The Budget of Delhi has increased from ₹8,739 crore in 2001-02 to ₹53,000 crore in 2018-19, whereas the share in central taxes has remained frozen at ₹325 crore since 2001-02, said the statement.

Over ₹7,000 cr. for cops

The Interim Budget allocated ₹7,881.77 crore for Delhi Police, an increase of 6.4% from the 2018-19 Budget.

Of the total amount allotted, ₹7,334.28 has been earmarked for the Revenue Section. For police infrastructure, ₹384.86 crore has been allocated, seeing a decline from last year’s amount of ₹460.95 crore.

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