Delhi budget 2017 LIVE updates: This is the third tax-free budget by Delhi government, says Manish Sisodia

The budget session began on Tuesday with newly-appointed Governor Anil Baijal's address.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 8, 2017 1:43 pm
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Delhi Finance Minister and Deputy CM Manish Sisodia is presenting the budget in state Assembly on Wednesday. The budget session began on Tuesday with newly-appointed Governor Anil Baijal’s address outlining AAP government’s work in last two years.

The session will be go on for five days. The government is expected announce new measures as per the promises it made in its manifesto during election campaign. It may also expand the existing schemes like construction of new Mohalla clinics.

LIVE UPDATES BELOW

1:42 pm: Finance Minister Manish Sisodia ends his budget speech amid loud applause from the members.

1:40 pm: This is not just tax-free budget but we have also reversed the taxes for third consecutive time: Manish Sisodia

1:37 pm: Manish Sisodia announces reducing tax to 5 per cent from 12.5 per cent on sanitary napkins that cost more than Rs 20.

1:34 pm: This is the third consecutive tax-free budget. We will not increase any taxes: Manish Sisodia

1:30 pm: Sisodia announces construction of new vegetable and fruit bazar, flower market, etc. Delhi government to construct ‘chhatt ghats’ in 2017-16.

1:23 pm: We will continue to give subsidy to battery-operated vehicles. Delhi forest cover has increased by one percent i.e. about 600 acres.

1:21 pm: 19,000 new toilets will constructed to rid Delhi of open defecation

1:20 pm: Delhi government is working towards slum-free city. We are also trying to provide affordable housing to slum dwellers. We have so far provided homes to 5,000 people so far.

1:16 pm: We are working on storing water using Rain Water Harvesting technique. One such project has started in Burari: Sisodia

1:10 pm: Delhi Commission for Women has done exceptional work in last two years. The DCW budget has been tripled: Sisodia

1:08 pm: Government will set up a senior citizen commission for welfare of senior citizens in Delhi: Manish Sisodia.

1:05 pm: Proposal to buy 582 new coaches for Delhi Metro rails. Government plans to open Childhood Learning Centres across Delhi.

1:00 pm: Budget of 2017 will continue the legacy of transparency and accountability aspect of government functioning: Sisodia

12:57 pm: Sisodia says Delhi’s per capita income has increased to Rs 3,03,073 from Rs 2,73,618.

12:50 pm: Demonetisation has caused a terrible economic downturn in previous 4 months, says Manish Sisodia. The minister adds that despite this, Delhi’s GSDP has increases from Rs 551963 crore in 2016 to Rs 622385 crore this year.

12:42 pm: Sisodia says 21 Lakh people of Delhi are benefiting from Mohalla Clinics. He also talks about government school teachers being sent to foreign universities for training.

12:40 pm: Sisodia lists out achievements of Delhi government like construction of Mohalla Clinics, providing education loan to students, skill centre, giving a go-ahead to nine vocational colleges, etc.

12:35 pm: Manish Sisodia is now presenting the budget in the assembly. The AAP government has called it ‘Outcome Budget’.

12:00 pm: The budget session will begin shortly. Leaders have started reaching the Assembly.

11:30 am: The budget session will begin at 12.

11:00 am: Finance Ministe Manish Sisodia will present the budget in the Assembly today.

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