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Delhi Budget: AAP govt allocates nearly Rs 14000 cr for education sector

Delhi Budget: AAP govt allocates nearly Rs 14000 cr for education sector

Terming the Budget 2017-18 a "hollow" with manipulated statistics, Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken said that the aspirations of the people has not been fulfilled.

To promote safety and security of students in schools, Mr Sisodia said about 1.2 lakh CCTV cameras will be installed in all Government school buildings, and proposed Rs 175 crore in this regard.

Among the initiatives listed under the green budget are procuring 1,000 electric buses, introduction of 905 feeder electric buses meant for last mile connectivity from Metro stations and expansion of eligibility criteria for e-rickshaw subsidy. Presenting the budget, Delhi's Finance Minister Manish Sisodia said the total budget was of Rs 53,000 crore, while adding that the budget in 2014-15 was Rs 30,940 crore and Rs 26,402 crore in 2011-12. With a number of cases, like the Class IX girl suicide case and the Ryan School Murder case, installation of CCTVs is much required.

The budget also put thrust on reducing pollution levels in the national capital by proposing various measures, including concession in registration of CNG cars.

The Government has earmarked Rs 13,997 crore for Education, which is 26 per cent of the total budget estimates.

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Others include replacing all street lights on PWD roads with energy efficient LED lights, an extensive tree plantation drives, and new city forests in Jaunapur, Ayanagar, Dera Mandi, and Bela Farm among others.

Rs 53 crores allocated for Mukhyamantri Teerth Yatra. In the budget for the financial year 2017-2018, 23.5 per cent of the total budget amount was allocated for the education sector.

The government provided Rs 1,833-crore for different welfare schemes for poor and marginalised sections. Besides this, he also informed that the government wants to install around 1.2 lakh CCTV cameras across its schools - each with around 150-200 - which will allow parents to watch their kids through live stream.

To benefit 13 lakh people, the installation of internal sewer lines in 162 colonies to be completed by 2020.