Union Budget 2017: Fund increased for women safety in Delhi
Mail Today Bureau February 2, 2017
To ensure safety of women in the national Capital, the central government has increased the Nirbhaya Fund by almost 90 per cent in the Union Budget 2017-2018.
In 2016-17, the Delhi Police got Rs 3.4 crore in the Nirbhaya Fund, but the allocation has been increased to Rs 28.9 crore.
The Nirbhaya Fund was set up in 2013 in the aftermath of the December 16 Delhi gang-rape. This year, Delhi Police were allocated Rs 6,378.18 crore that was earlier Rs 5,913.74 crore.
The Budget allocation for Delhi Police includes Rs 5,910.28 crore for Delhi Police (maintaining and enforcing law and order in the city), Rs 439 crore for the police infrastructure (office building and residential building projects) and the remaining for the Nirbhaya Fund.
The Centre has not changed the Budget allocation for the Delhi government and granted Rs 758 crore, while the share in central taxes and duties (that is Rs 325 crore) for the Capital remained unchanged despite AAP government's demand for a hike.
Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said Delhi has been "deprived" of its due share in central taxes for 17th consecutive year.
"We had requested the Government of India a number of times to enhance the allocation to at least Rs 5,000 crore as share in central taxes as against Rs 325 crore being released to NCT of Delhi," he said.
The budget for NCT of Delhi has increased from Rs 8,739 crore in 2001-02 to Rs 46,600 crore in 2016-17, whereas the share in central taxes has remained frozen at Rs 325 crore since 2001-02.
Also, government of India has not earmarked any fund to local bodies in the NCT. The normal central assistance to NCT of Delhi during 2017-18 has been proposed at Rs 412.99 crore which is at the same level of current year 2016-17.
There is no increase in the Normal Central Assistance in the year 2017-18.
"The Government of NCT of Delhi has already paid about Rs 96 crore as enhanced compensation to 1984 riot victims in the current year. However, in the Union Budget, an amount of Rs 75 crore in the current year RE and Rs 15 crore in the next year BE has been proposed for reimbursement to GNCTD," said Sisodia.
An amount of Rs 5 crore as grant has been proposed for GNCTD towards Disaster Response Fund which is at the same level of Rs 5 crore in the current year.
Meanwhile, Rs 17,810 crore has been allotted for the Metro projects under the ministry of urban development across the country. It includes Rs 2,700.01 crore for the equity investment, Rs 1,465.99 crore for subordinate debt, Rs 13,644 crore for Pass Through Assistance (PTA).
Of Rs 17,810 crore, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) will also get the allocation. Whereas, Rs 150 crore has been granted to DMRC for NCR expansion. For Phase III sanctioned fund, Rs 42,674.91 crore (including all taxes, extension in Noida, Ballabhgarh) has been given.