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Bigger chunk for health,water treatment & supply

For the first time in three years,Delhi government’s budget for the health sector shifted its focus from Public Private Partnership (PPP) to primary and allied medical services.

For the first time in three years,Delhi government’s budget for the health sector shifted its focus from Public Private Partnership (PPP) to primary and allied medical services.

The budget allocation for health was increased to 14.16 percent of the total outlay.

From the current financial year,Delhi will roll out the five-in-one pentavalent vaccine in its immunisation programme. This will replace the Diptheria,Pertusis,Tetanus (DPT),Hepatitis B and Influenza type B vaccines.

For thalassaemia patients,the government has proposed exemption of 12.5 per cent VAT on “blood bags” for donated blood,to reduce the cost its storage and transfusion. The eligibility for financial support for treatment of people belonging to EWS households,was raised to those with an annual income of up to Rs 2 lakh,from Rs 1 lakh.

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The plan to check pollution levels in the Yamuna got “utmost importance” in Dikshit’s budget speech.

While the chief minister did not offer anything new under the ‘environment’ sub-head,she did mention projects worth Rs 1,600 crore being implemented under Yamuna Action Plan-III,in collaboration with the Central government.

“The work of laying interceptor sewers along the three major drains of Delhi has started. On completion of the project and YAP-II schemes,the discharge of pollutants will come down considerably,” Dikshit said.

She also noted that with more unauthorised colonies being provided sewerage facilities,the discharge of untreated waste water in the Yamuna will come down.

She said about 81 per cent of the total households now have piped water supply as against the 75 per cent count in the 2001 Census.

The Chandrawal Water Treatment Plant,the city’s oldest,has also been taken up for renovation as an externally aided project,involving an investment of over Rs 2,000 crore and technical support from Japan.

Dikshit said the newly-constituted civic bodies have inherited the MCD’s poor financial position and suggested that the bodies should not remain dependent on loans from the Delhi government.

The councillors of the three corporations said Delhi govt’s financial help had not reached the corporations yet.

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Dikshit said non-plan loans of Rs 1,831 crore were given to the three corporations apart from Rs 2,400 crore given to the civic bodies as non-plan grants or as share in ‘basic tax assignment and incentive for municipal reforms’ in this year’s budget.