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Delhi budget disappoints MLAs

The assembly on Monday approved the Delhi Budget 2012-13 after the Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit gave a reply to the debate in the House. In all, 16 members participated in the debate, where Dikshit stated that absence of Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs during the debate was disappointing.

‘The opposition members are in the habit of avoiding debate as they are not at all interested in constructive cooperation. The budget is people centric and development oriented. It has been prepared keeping in view the humanistic approaches and is aimed at making Delhi a truly, friendly, caring and modern city,’ she said.

Meanwhile, members of the assembly have suggested an increase in the MLA-LAD fund from Rs 4 crore to Rs 5 crore per annum. However, Dikshit informed the House that the fund was increased from Rs 2 crore to Rs 4 crore in 2011-12. An unspent amount of Rs 258 crore is available with Municipal Corporation of Delhi [MCD] as on 31 March 2012, while an amount of Rs 62 crore under MLA-LAD fund remains unsanctioned with Urban Development Department. With the current year’s budget provision of Rs 280 crore, the total available fund under this scheme would be Rs 600 crore for the current financial year.

CM also suggested that out of Rs 4 crore, Rs 1 crore may be earmarked for water and sewerage works as recommended by the MLAs to BJP ruled MCD.

Dikshit announced the rollback of the proposed 5 per cent VAT on CNG and 5 per cent VAT on expensive textile items in view of the sentiments expressed by people and legislators.

She further stated that 20 per cent VAT on enhanced price of petrol would be waived off soon on issue of a notification.

Regarding the security issue of MLAs, the chief minister said that it is highly regrettable that an MLA was shot and that on Tuesday the House would discuss the security issue with Opposition.
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