House passes vote-on-account
The Delhi assembly on Wednesday passed a vote-on-account for a period of three months before the main budget is passed after the general elections.
Finance minister A.K. Walia asked for one-fourth of the total estimated expenditure of Rs 23,043 crore for 2009-10. The assembly passed the vote-on-account for Rs 5,760.75 crore.
The Bharatiya Janata Party-led Opposition staged a walkout after its demand for a discussion on the supplementary budget was not met. Leader of Opposition V.K. Malhotra said nowhere in the country did budget sessions last for a day.
The BJP kept disrupting the proceedings from time to time demanding discussions. Earlier, Malhotra had objected to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s congratulatory motion for the success of the film Slumdog Millionare at the Oscars, refusing to join in the celebrations. “Have the 25 lakh slumdogs of Delhi received low-cost housing?” he asked.
The government also cleared the Members of Legislative Assembly of the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Salaries, Allowances, Pension etc) Bill, 2009 that allows ex-MLAs to draw two government pension.
Hindustan Times had reported the change on February 23.