“Ahead of Delhi government’s budget presentation for the financial year 2015-16, Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India slammed Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government in Delhi for non-utilisation of funds and instructed to present a present a ‘realistic’ budget.”
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has taken serious note of the Rs 6,093.85 crore, which was not spent and got lapsed in the Delhi budget for 2014-15. It must be noted here Delhi government utilised only 30% of the funds and now CAG has instructed the Delhi government to spend the allotted funds on the development works.
Shortfall in spending of planned funds
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia presented the CAG report in the Delhi Assembly. CAG made an observation that Delhi government should spend the entire budget amount within the financial year. It only shows ta reflection to the fact that the AAP government presented an “unrealistic” budget last time, which resulted in a record “shortfall” in spending of the planned funds.
Funds available for self-publicity but not for development works
AAP government in Delhi earmarked massive Rs 526 crores for advertising immediately after taking charge of the Delhi government. More than ten times higher than the previous financial year, it was even higher than the central government’s advertising budget.
Completely ignoring undertaking development projects in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal led AAP government had put all the resources in running self-glorifying ads across the country.
The Delhi government has been making false claims of saving huge money in terms of expenditure on development projects but it is conveniently hiding the fact that two third of the annual development funds was unutilized in the National capital.
“Disillusioned voters of Delhi are already raising their voice of dissent against AAP government and now the traders of Delhi have joined the ranks of dissenters. Facing widespread protest from traders of Delhi, AAP government was forced to roll back its decision to introduce VAT on low cost textile and footwear.”
In the budget proposed for the financial year 2016-17, Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Manish Sisodia announced to levy 5 per cent Value-Added Tax (VAT) on all textiles and footwear, including those under Rs 500. This decision raked up widespread protest from traders, as it would have severely affected their business especially those dealing in low cost products of below Rs 500.
Burden on ‘Aam Aadmi’
The proposed increased 5 percent VAT on footwear and textiles would have imposed a huge burden on the common man especially in the wake of VAT introduced on the low cost products. It must be noted here that the proposed move would have caused disparity between corresponding VAT rates in neighboring states and resulted in out flow of business to other states. This would caused heavily on the traders of Delhi and small time traders would have run out of business in wake of this draconian rule. This is when they rose up in arms against the proposed imposition of VAT and Delhi government was forced to roll it back.
AAP’s double standards exposed by protest on hike of excise duty on gold jewelry
This move has exposed the double standards of AAP government. While on hand they are opposing the central government’s proposed decision to hike 1% excise duty on gold jewelry. Also they are opposing the move of presenting PAN number on purchase of jewelry above Rs 50,000. This would bring transparency in high stake business and revenue thus generated could be utilised on development work. AAP is opposing this move tooth & nail which only proves the fact that they are only concerned about a coterie.
“Delhi government tried to build a case for its failures and non-spending of funds and it was clearly reflected in their budget presented for the financial year 2016-17. With the list of unfulfilled promises mounting up and plunging funds unitised on development work, first year of Delhi government has been a disaster.”
Delhi government has increased the allotted budget on health and education but it was only a “clever exercise” to hide their failures. In the run-up to assembly polls in Punjab Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) promised moon but delivered nothing and they have failed to live up to majority of the promises made ahead of polls.
AAP manifesto ahead of Delhi elections was filled with slew of freebies and Indian voters would have never seen a manifesto filled with so many freebies. AAP manifesto focused on essential things of common man, which struck the chord with them. Kejriwal also appeared to be committed to end the VIP culture. High on emotional appeal, it immediate struck a chord with voters of Delhi. But a scrutiny of AAP government’s first year rule reveals a stark reality of unfulfilled promises.
Non-spending of development funds
In the run-up to assembly polls in Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had made huge promises but it failed miserably after taking charge of Delhi government. Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi government failed to deliver any of the promises with regard to infrastructural development such as building roads, bridges and schools. Ironically, AAP has utilised only about 30 per cent of the allotted funds on the development works.
First year of Arvind Kejriwal government has been a disaster for the citizen of Delhi. The fact the Delhi government utilised only 30% of the total allotted funds for development works speak volumes about their misgovernance.