Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader and national legal head HS Phoolka has termed the Delhi budget as “comprehensive, excellent and highly visionary.”
He said the budget was far better than any budget presented by any state government or the Centre. “This budget is meant for welfare of all sections of the society in which not only the requirements but also the expectations of common man have been met,” he said.
Making a comparison between the budget of Punjab and Delhi, Phoolka said Rs 9,836 crore out of the total budget outlay of Rs 41,129 crore have been kept for educations.
“It makes approximate 25% of the total outlay and is 106% more than the last year's budget. 236 new schools will be opened every year. 20,000 teachers will be recruited. The target to make Delhi a fully literate state within two years is absolutely clear. Free wi-fi service will start in schools, colleges and villages,” said Phoolka.
According to Phoolka, “the last recruitment of teachers in Punjab was done eight years ago by the Congress government. All subsequent recruitment done later in the state by SAD-BJP were on contract basis. These teachers are not even paid fully and also face delay in salary disbursement. Also, no new school has been opened during the Akali-BJP government.”
He said, “Above all, the SAD-BJP government which label itself as farmers' party has done nothing for the welfare of farmers. Not even a single penny has been paid to the farmers whose Rabi crop was damaged in the last season due to rains though Akalis demanded Rs 10,000 per acre from the central government.”
On the contrary, the Delhi government has kept Rs 20,000 per acre in the budget in case of total damage to crops, he added.