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Delhi assembly’s budget session begins tomorrow

New Delhi: The Budget session of Delhi Assembly begins tomorrow, where Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia will spell out the development roadmap for the AAP government with education, health and transport set to emerge as priority areas.

Sisodia, who holds the finance portfolio, had recently said that 25 per cent of the total budget allocation would be set aside for education, by focusing on training programmes and physical infrastructure.

In the 2015-16 budget, the government had allocated Rs 9,836 crore for the education sector out of which Rs 4,570 crore was given under the plan outlay, which was an increase of around 106 per cent.

In the run up to the session, BJP veteran Yashwant Sinha had addressed the city MLAs as part of an orientation programme following a request by Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel.
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In the budget to be presented on March 28, the AAP government is expected to provide funds at grassroots level to empower people to have a say in deciding civic projects in their areas. The House will sit only for five days till March 31.

The government will provide funds for 3,000 mohalla sabhas where locals will have a say in deciding civic projects in their areas.

A senior official said the government is unlikely to table many other bills during the session. There is no clarity on when the Economic Survey will be tabled.

Priority would be given to education, health and transport sectors. The city government will also set aside funds for buying new buses.

The winter session, of the assembly which was the longest in the history of Delhi legislature, had seen the introduction and passage of 15 Bills, including the Janlokpal and Delhi School Education Amendment Bill.