Delhi Budget 2013-14: Highlights

Highlights of the Delhi budget for 2013-14 presented Wednesday by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit:

– Financial support of Rs.1,000 per month for transgenders living in Delhi for at least 3 years.
– Monthly aid of Rs.1,500 for senior citizens, differently-abled person and women in distress.
– Two new hostels, one each for boys and girls, for blind university students.
– Residential school for scheduled castes/Scheduled Tribes/other backward class/minorities students
– One-time grant of Rs.100,000 to RWAs which offer to provide house essential equipment and open the facility to public at no profit no loss basis.
– 100 new ambulances to be procured for Centralised Accident & Trauma Services (CATS).
– Rs.5 crore fund for the welfare of journalists of Delhi.
– Rs.150 crore to improve level of civic services in industrial estates.
– Seven new hospitals and nine new dispensaries.
– Five new Rajakiya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya (RPVV), and one RPVV for exclusive science. Thirty-four new school buildings to be completed in 2013-14.
– Skill Development Centre to come up at Jaunapur.
– Ownership rights to be granted for 45 JJ resettlement colonies.
– New water treatment plant of 31 MGD at Palla.
– Procurement of 625 low floor and 1,100 other buses.
– Eight thousand new auto rickshaws for corporate houses on the lines of radio taxis.

– Desi ghee, LED lights to be cheaper.
– Refuse Derived Fuel also to get cheaper.
– No Value Added Taxes (VAT) on chilly spray used for woman’s self defence, pencil boxes and geometry boxes.
– Organic colours, rock salt, singhada (water-chestnut) and kuttu (buck-wheat) flour also exempted of VAT.
– Footwear priced up to Rs.500 exempted from VAT.
– Penalty up to 80 percent to be mitigated for dealer, who voluntarily admit their tax liability.
– Uniform tax period for all dealers irrespective of their quarterly turnovers.
– New tax facility of online registration under the Delhi Value Added Tax Act and Central Sales Tax Act.