AAP government in Delhi has tabled it’s 48,000 crores annual budget for the 2017-2018 financial year. Let’s take a look at the important highlights of the budget and whether it is people friendly or not.
* Most applauded of AAP government’s schemes has been it’s Mohalla Clinics in Delhi. These polyclinics provide absolutely free medical care — even medicines and surgery. This year more Mohalla Clinics will be established and every Delhite will be insured with 1 lakh RS. Recently the government has also tied up with private hospitals to provide free surgery to poor people.
* Anyone who has been to Delhi knows that traffic congestion is a big issue there. But Delhites may hope to get some respite this year because of construction of Metro- phase 3 and Mahipalpur underpass and extension of Barapullah to the airport.
* Other than health care, school education is another sector in which AAP government is receiving its share of credit for revamping infrastructure and encouraging out-of-box approach. This year school children will get midday meals consisting of boiled eggs and bananas.
* Minimum 2 computer rooms in each government school.
* 400 new public libraries to be opened.
* A new pharmaceutical university is also planned.
* For teacher’s training, keeping them up-to-date with new knowledge and improved pedagogical approaches, AAP government made efforts for which it deserves credit. This year teachers will be provided with a tablet and staff rooms of government schools will also be renovated.
* VAT on sanitary pads slashed from 12.5℅ to 5℅.
* Domestic air travel would be cheaper as the tax on air turbine fuel (ATF) drastically reduced from 25℅ to just 1℅.
* Delhites will overall pay the lowest VAT amongst all states.
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