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Delhi CM writes to Amit Shah, Sitharaman seeking funds

NEW DELHI: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday wrote letters to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman over the need of funds for Delhi.

"I would like to bring to your kind attention that the Government of NCT of Delhi has a separate Consolidated Fund w.e.f. December 1993. The pattern of funding of Delhi's Budget has been changed from the year 1994-95 and is at par with other States. The financial transactions of Government of NCT of Delhi including servicing of small saving loans are being met out of our own resources like other States," he wrote.

The CM also noted that the omission of article 270(3) resulted in an anomaly which has adversely affected the finances of Delhi. " The transfer of grants in lieu of share in Central Taxes has remained stagnant at Rs. 325.00 crore per annum since the year 2000 which happened to be the last year of the duration of the Tenth Finance Commission. Leaving out Union Territories out of the ambit of Finance Commissions, has only affected the Union Territories with Legislature since the Budget of the other Union Territories is entirely met from the Consolidated Fund of India," he wrote.

He further observed, "I shall be grateful if you could kindly look into the matter personally and provide additional Terms of Reference to the Fifteenth Finance Commission to enable the Commission to recommend the legitimate Share of NCT of Delhi in Central Taxes, basic & performance grants to local bodies and other grants if any being recommended to States for the Award period of the Fifteenth Finance Commission. " The CM noted that Additional Terms of Reference to the Finance Commission at this stage would bring justice to the people of Delhi and rectify the anomaly created by the inadvertent omission of

Article 270(3).

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