21 Mar 2023

Centre Approves Delhi Budget 2023; Earlier Kejriwal Had Written To PM Modi

Delhi Budget 2023: The Home Ministry has approved the budget of the Delhi government. Its information has been sent to the Delhi government. Earlier on Monday, CM Kejriwal had alleged that the central government had stalled Delhi's budget.

According to reports, the Ministry of Home Affairs, through the Lieutenant Governor (LG), had sought answers from the Delhi government on three issues, including advertisements. The Delhi government did not reply on this. That's why the budget could not be approved. On this, Kejriwal even wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi saying that don't stop the budget. Today itself the Delhi government had sent it back to the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Union Home Ministry's questions regarding Delhi Budget. The Budget could not be presented as scheduled due to Home Ministry's concerns.

He said – Prime Minister, why are you angry with the people of Delhi. Please don't stop the budget. 

Kejriwal said that this is the first time in the country's 75-year history that a day before the presentation of the budget in Delhi, the Center has stopped it. This is directly hooliganism of the Central government. 

Arvind Kejriwal said that the salaries of Delhi government employees will be stopped from Tuesday.

LG had sent some notes to Delhi government

Delhi's Lieutenant Governor's (LG) office issued a statement on Kejriwal's statement. In which it was told that after approving the budget, LG VK Saxena had sent some notes to the Delhi government on March 9. 

The three questions asked by MHA are: Why keep 20% of the budget for infrastructure in an area like the capital? Why is the Delhi government doubling the advertising budget? Why are the benefits of central schemes like Ayushman Bharat not being given to the poor people of Delhi?

Sources quoted the LG office as saying that the Delhi government has not yet sent a reply to the MHA on all these three points. LG Office is still waiting for this file to be sent.

Allegations baseless: Kailash Gehlot 

Delhi's Finance Minister Kailash Gehlot called the allegations baseless and wrong. He said that Delhi has a budget of Rs 78,800 crore, out of which Rs 22,000 crore is spent on infrastructure and only Rs 550 crore is spent on advertisements. He said, the expenditure on advertisement is same as last year's budget.

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