Sisodia questions no increase in Central Taxes share of Delhi

Sisodia questions no increase in Central Taxes share of Delhi

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New Delhi, Jul 5 : Reacting to the Union Budget 2019-20, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday claimed that the share in Central Taxes of Delhi has not been increased from Rs 325 crore which is stagnant since 2001-02.

'The Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi deserves its legitimate share in Central Taxes to finance various developmental projects,' Mr Sisodia, who is also Delhi Finance Minister, said in a statement. "We had requested the Government of India a number of times to enhance the allocation to at least Rs 6,000 crore as share in Central Taxes as against Rs 325 crore being released to NCT of Delhi," he stated.
'The Budget of NCT of Delhi has increased from Rs 8,739 crore in the year 2001-02 to Rs 60,000 crore in 2019-20(BE), whereas the share in Central Taxes has remained frozen at Rs 325 crore since 2001-02,' Mr Sisodia said. He also said that in the Budget 2019-20, Government of India has not earmarked any funds to Local Bodies in NCT of Delhi although we had requested for allocation of Rs 1150 crore as basic and performance grants to Local Bodies in Delhi in 2019-20 (BE).

'We are providing 12.5 per cent of our annual net tax collection to the Local Bodies, however, the Local Bodies in Delhi are not getting any financial support from the Government of India,' he said.

Mentioning normal Central Assistance, the Deputy CM said,'the expenditure of Delhi on Schemes/ Programmes has increased by about nine times from Rs 3129 crore in 2000-01 to Rs 27000 crore in 2019-20(BE). The Normal Central Assistance which was 11.8 per cent (Rs 370 crore) of the Scheme/Programme expenditure in 2000-01 has declined to 1.75 per cent (Rs 472 crore) in 2019-20(BE)."

'We had requested to increase the Normal Central Assistance to Rs 1500 crore in 2019-20 (BE). However, in the Budget, an amount of Rs 472 crore as an Additional Central Assistance has been proposed in 2019-20 (BE)," Mr Sisodia said. He further said that legitimate demand of Delhi for its share of about Rs 3,202 crore in the unsettled amount of Rs1.68 lakh crore of IGST which was devolved to the centre and state without Delhi getting any share, has not been addressed in 2019-20 (BE).

No funds have been allocated for the Government of NCT of Delhi under this item, Mr Sisodia added.(UNI)