NEW DELHI: The AAP government today said it will call a 5-day Budget Session of Delhi Assembly starting from March 6 during which it is expected to provide sufficient funds to education and health sectors. The Budget Session will start with Lt Governor Anil Baijal's speech and the government is likely to present its budget for the next financial year on March 7 or 8.
The decision was taken in a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his official residence in North Delhi's Civil Lines are. "The Cabinet has decided to call budget session of Delhi Assembly from March 6 to 10," Kejriwal told reporters while addressing a press conference at his residence.
Like last year, education and health sectors are likely to take big chunk of budget. Sources said that government may give 25 per cent of the total budget to education sector. In the budget, the AAP dispensation will also provide sufficient funds to mohalla sabhas where people decide civil works in their respective areas on a priority basis.
Asked about the Opposition's allegation that his government may influence voters in the municipal polls scheduled in April by presenting its budget, Kejriwal said that the State Election Commission has so far not issued any notification on the civic poll yet.
Taking a dig at the Centre over not accepting demands of the Opposition to defer Budget Session of the Parliament in the wake of elections in several states, Kejriwal said, "We have not asked State Election Commission to wait for our budget, but they (Centre) had asked Election Commission to wait for their budget and announce poll dates accordingly."