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Delhi Budget: AAP To Give Rs 1000 Per Month To Women Above 18

Delhi Budget: AAP To Give Rs 1000 Per Month To Women Above 18

The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has promised Rs 1,000 monthly to every woman above 18, starting from the Financial year 2024. The ‘Mukhyamantri Mahila Samman Yojana’ scheme was announced during the Delhi Budget today and tabled by Finance Minister Atishi.

Finance Minister Atishi Marlena tabled a budget of Rs 76000 crore in the Delhi Assembly today – a decrease of Rs 2,000 crore compared to the previous year. This was the 10th Budget of the Arvind Kejriwal-led government in the national capital. Atishi said the government is trying to realize the dream of ‘Ram Rajya’.

Finance Minister Atishi said CM Kejriwal was fulfilling the duty of being an elder brother by helping women through this scheme. The new scheme has three conditions. Taxpayers will not have access to the scheme nor women who get pensions. The third exclusion is women who hold government jobs. However, homemakers, women in the unorganized sector, and those who have a job but don’t fall in the tax bracket are eligible to receive the amount

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Moving on to other aspects of the Budget. Nearly 16,400 crore has been earmarked for education for the upcoming financial year. This is approximately 21% of the total Budget. Notably, education and health have been the key focus areas and poll planks of the Aam Aadmi Party.

Finance Minister Atishi highlighted the significant growth in Delhi’s Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP), which surged from Rs 4.95 lakh crores in 2014 to Rs 11.08 lakh crores in the last decade. Regarding infrastructure development, the Delhi government has allocated Rs 510 crore for e-buses and Rs 500 crore for the Delhi Metro.

However, the Public Works Department (PWD) budget has significantly reduced from Rs 19,000 crore in 2023-24 to Rs 1,716 crore in 2024-25. Furthermore, a substantial sum of Rs 8,000 crore has been allotted for the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, indicating a focus on local governance. The transport sector receives a significant boost with an allocation of Rs 5,702 crore, including funds for electric buses and free travel initiatives.

The Budget also emphasizes investment in various sectors, including entrepreneurship, education, healthcare, and social welfare. Under the Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, and SC/ST/OBC Welfare Department, a budget outlay of Rs 6,216 crore has been proposed for various schemes.

Meanwhile, on the political front on Budget Day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed his willingness to appear before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) via video-conferencing after March 12 regarding the excise policy case. Kejriwal has previously contested the legality of ED summonses and continues challenging the agency’s authority.

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