New Delhi, Feb 28: The central assistance to Delhi has been increased to Rs.1,143 crore (over $200 million) in the 2013-14 budget presented Thursday, a 27 percent hike from the last year’s revised budget allocation.
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram has hiked the assistance to the national capital in the budget 2013-14.
In 2012-13, the then finance minister Pranab Mukherjee reduced it to Rs.900 crore from its preceding year’s Rs.1,100 crore.
Of the Rs.1,143 crore allocated in 2013-14 fiscal, the Delhi government has been allocated Rs.700 crore under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, which was Rs.500 crore in 2012-13.
The mission is meant to improve the quality of life and infrastructure in cities.
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, whose ruling Congress party is preparing for the assembly elections in November, had sought increased central allocation.
There was marginal increase under the normal central assistance in 2013-14.
Dikshit said in a statement: “Grants under JNNURM would enable the city government to go for new projects.”
The Rajiv Awas Yojana, which is a housing scheme for the poor, has witnessed a whopping increase to Rs.80 crore from last fiscal’s Rs.5 crore.
Allocation for Delhi’s urban infrastructure has been increased from Rs.350 crore to Rs.470 crore in the new fiscal.