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CM's 4-pronged way to growth

delhi Updated: Feb 28, 2013 01:33 IST
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The Delhi government will continue to focus on social sector, infrastructure development, transport and education in the upcoming financial year.

Without going into the details of what lay in store in Delhi's own budget, to be tabled in mid-March, chief minister Sheila Dikshit said reforms in these four sectors will be the focus.

She was talking to reporters after releasing her government's working report of 2012.

Great expectations
With Union finance minister P Chidambaram to present the budget on Thursday, Dikshit said her government expects a bigger share for Delhi.

"For the past 10 years, the central budget allocation has remained stagnant at Rs. 325 crore per annum. The assistance should be proportionate to our annual budget which has crossed Rs. 35,000 crore," Dikshit said.

She said she has already written to the finance minister about it.

Cash transfer scheme
Clearing the air on hiccups in transfer of cash to the beneficiary account under the ambitious Dilli Annshree scheme, she said the system was new.

"It is taking a little time to settle," she said.

BRT expansion
The Delhi government had announced 15 new Bus Rapid Corridors (BRT) but Dikshit said her government was going slow on it.

"We don't want to build more BRT corridors unless the first one becomes successful," the chief minister said. She agreed there was chaos on the existing corridor.

"DIMTS has to manage the corridor. We had a meeting three days ago where we told the agency to pull up its socks," Dikshit said.

On East-West Corridor and Kalindi bypass
Dikshit said it was yet to get the requisite land from Uttar Pradesh government for the two projects. "We have had several meetings with the UP government, PWD minister and I have even written to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. They have promised to give us land."

Assembly polls
Dikshit sounded confident of a fourth straight victory.

"When we go to the battle, we will go with full courage and conviction (to win). I will keep on working for the people," she said.

Dikshit, who has been at loggerheads with state Congress committee chief JP Agarwal, said though the party unit has not been very active of late, it will get its act together in due course of time.

"If it is made effective now, then it will lose steam during the election time," she added.