Delhi Budget 2024: Women 18+ to Receive ₹1000 Monthly from Kejriwal Government

Ahead of the Lok Sabha election, the Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government announced the ‘Mukhyamantri Mahila Samman Yojana’, granting ₹1000 per month to women above 18 years. Delhi Finance Minister Atishi revealed the initiative, allocating a budget of ₹2,714 crore for the fiscal year 2024-25. Additionally, ₹6,216 crore was earmarked for various schemes under the Social Welfare, Women and Child Development, and SC/ST/OBC Welfare Departments. The budget also emphasized a substantial increase in Delhi’s Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) and per capita income over the past decade. Education remained a priority, with an added outlay of ₹16,396 crore.

The Delhi government allocated ₹100 crore to SCERT, with ₹150 crore for new school construction, ₹45 crore for maintenance, and ₹42 crore for Schools of Specialised Excellence. Additionally, ₹12 crore was assigned to the Delhi Model Virtual School and ₹40 crore for School Management Committees. Further, provisions included ₹40 crore for entrepreneurship development, ₹6 crore for ‘The Chief Minister Super Talented Coaching Scheme’, ₹118 crore for sports education, ₹1212 crore for higher and technical education, and ₹15 crore for “Business Blasters Senior”. Despite no central tax share, the government emphasized socio-economic equality. In healthcare, a budget of ₹8,685 crore was allotted, with ₹6,215 crore for hospital facilities, ₹212 crore for Mohalla Clinics, ₹658 crore for essential medicines, and ₹400 crore for hospital construction and expansion. Education and healthcare remained central to the government’s agenda, highlighted by a budgetary provision of ₹16,396 crore for education and comprehensive healthcare spending.

Before her budget presentation, the Delhi Minister sought blessings from former Deputy CM Manish Sisodia’s mother. Notably, ₹80 crore was allocated for free healthcare services via the Delhi Arogya Kosh, and ₹194 crore was proposed for new ambulances for Centralized Accident and Trauma Services (CATS) in Delhi.

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