The second budget session of the sixth Assembly will begin on Tuesday with Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung outlining the broader contours of the government’s policies for the next financial year in his address.
The five-day budget session will see deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia table his second full budget on March 28. Sources said the Delhi government may raise its budget plan size for the financial year 2016-17 as compared to the current financial year.
Sources said about 75% of the budget is likely to be allocated to three critical sectors — health, education and transport. The three sectors had received majority allocation in 2015-16 as well.
“The budget size is likely to rise to Rs 45,000 crore from the Rs 41,000 crore budget passed last year. While education was the biggest beneficiary last year, health and transport will also get increased allocation in this budget,” a senior official said.
The government failed to meet the budgetary targets in terms of tax collection during the current financial year. It could now increase Value Added Tax rates on certain items to increase revenue for the next year, sources said.
The session may also see some fiery exchanges between the members as the ethics committee report on complaint against BJP legislator OP Sharma is likely to be tabled in the assembly. Sources said the report is likely to be tabled on March 31.
In December last year, Speaker Ram N Goel had referred the complaint to the panel against Sharma for allegedly using foul language against AAP legislator Alka Lamba during the winter session. While Sharma was suspended for the entire winter session, the matter was also referred to the nine-member ethics committee.