Days after being placed under President’s rule, Delhi was on Friday allocated Rs 18,033 crore for six months of the next fiscal in a budget which has ignored consideration of subsidies announced by the previous Arvind Kejriwal’s government.
Parliment, which passed the Budget for 2014-15 fiscal, also gave nod for the third batch of supplementary demand for the grants of Rs 363.05 crore for rest of the ongoing 2013-14 fiscal.
The Delhi Appropriation and vote on account bills were passed by voice vote in both the Houses.
Parliament nod for these two bills was necessary as the Delhi Assembly could not pass the the Budget for the financial year 2014-15 before resignation of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and subsequent imposition of President’s rule.
“The budget of Delhi for 2014-15 is being presented and vote on account is sought to enable the government to carry on its business and meet essential expenditure for a period of six months of the 2014-15 fiscal,” Minister of State for Finance Namo Narain Meena said while moving the bills in the Upper House.
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He also made it clear that no allocation has been made in the current Budget for subsidies announced by the previous government.
“That is not part of this budget,” Meena replied to a clarification sought by BJP member Ravi Shankar Prasad.
K C Tyagi (JDU) said the AAP government was a “new experiment” but it was not given an opportunity to function by both Congress and BJP parties.
D Raja (CPI) said keeping the Delhi government under suspension mode was “not right thing.”