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Union Budget
Delhi gets Rs 1,143 crore allocation

New Delhi, February 28
The Union Budget for the financial year 2013-14, presented by the Union Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, today came as big relief for the Delhi government which has to face assembly elections this year as the Central Plan Assistance has been hiked by Rs 243.70 crore which is 27 per cent more than the amount allocated last time. During current budget, Delhi has been allocated Rs 1,143.70 crore whereas last year the figure was Rs 900 crore.

Rs 4,067 cr allocated for Delhi Police
New Delhi, February 28
With the allocation of the Budget today, the Delhi Police is focusing on an expansion drive by building residential complexes for its constabulary and more police stations in the national Capital. Joint Commissioner of Police (General Administration) Dependra Pathak said, "Our demand for this financial year's budget was Rs 600 crore more than last year. We have got whatever we have demanded."

Rs 7,701 cr for Metro Phase3 project
New Delhi, February 28
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today got a budgetary allocation of Rs 7,701 crore for construction of its upcoming Phase-III project which will extend the existing system to far fetched areas in the national capital. The DMRC has already begun construction of its Phase-III project that will add another 103 km of the capital to the Metro map.


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A security man checks the bundles of copies of the Budget 2013-14 before their distribution among the MPs at Parliament House in New Delhi on Thursday
A security man checks the bundles of copies of the Budget 2013-14 before their distribution among the MPs at Parliament House in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo: Mukesh Aggarwal

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at an exhibition on the occasion of the National Science Day in New Delhi on Thursday
Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at an exhibition on the occasion of the National Science Day in New Delhi on Thursday. Tribune photo

Medical fraternity rues marginal hike
New Delhi, February 28
With an 8.2 per cent hike in country's estimated total health outlay, the seemingly balanced Union Budget 2013-14, proposed by the Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram here today did not evoke a good response from Delhi's medical fraternity, in particular the corporate sector, given largely unchanged tax holidays given on medical equipment, life-saving drugs exemptions and no rebate on plastic surgeries.

Delhi gets step-motherly treatment: BJP
New Delhi, February 28
Reacting against the Union Budget 2013-14, BJP Delhi president Vijay Goel and Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that the Budget gave no relief to Delhi citizens.

Man arrested in double murder case
New Delhi, February 28
A 28-year-old man was arrested this morning for allegedly murdering his cousin sister and her husband a fortnight ago at their residence in Govindpuri, before fleeing with Rs one lakh and some jewellery.

Cop held for rape
New Delhi, February 28
A Delhi Police constable has been arrested for allegedly raping a 25-year-old married woman at Sultanpuri in the outskirts of Delhi. The constable, Mithun (21), has been arrested and sent to 14 days judicial custody.





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Union Budget
Delhi gets Rs 1,143 crore allocation
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 28
The Union Budget for the financial year 2013-14, presented by the Union Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram, today came as big relief for the Delhi government which has to face assembly elections this year as the Central Plan Assistance has been hiked by Rs 243.70 crore which is 27 per cent more than the amount allocated last time. During current budget, Delhi has been allocated Rs 1,143.70 crore whereas last year the figure was Rs 900 crore.

An amount of Rs 200 crore out of Rs 243.70 crore has been allocated alone for the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM). The allocation under this head has gone up from Rs 500 crore to Rs 700 crore. Under JNNURM, Rs 75 crore has been increased in allocation for Rajiv Awas Yojana, which is Rs 5 crore to Rs 80 crore and the funds for Urban Infrastructure Governance has been increased from Rs 350 to 470 crore, which is an increase of Rs 120 crore. Allocation for housing for urban poor has been increased from Rs 145 crore to Rs 150 crore, stating an increase of Rs 5 crore.

Apart from this, allocation under normal Central Assistance has gone up from 281.75 crore to Rs 309.92 crore, hence, there is a hike of Rs 28.17 crore. Under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana, Rs 10 crore has been allocated first time for the vegetable improvement for Delhi. Further, under the National Social Assistance Programme, there has been a hike of Rs 6 crore. It has been increased from Rs 48.60 crore to Rs 54.60 crore.

Reacting to the budget, the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, said that the Budget is significant to complete pending projects and to embark upon new ones. "This would enable the city government to submit new projects to the Union government," she said. The Union government has also instructed the city government to implement the Direct Cash Transfer Scheme in all districts of Delhi during 2013-14.

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Rs 4,067 cr allocated for Delhi Police
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 28
With the allocation of the Budget today, the Delhi Police is focusing on an expansion drive by building residential complexes for its constabulary and more police stations in the national Capital. Joint Commissioner of Police (General Administration) Dependra Pathak said, "Our demand for this financial year's budget was Rs 600 crore more than last year. We have got whatever we have demanded."

Pathak added, "Our focus is on constructing more residential buildings for constables and sub-inspectors. We also plan to build more police stations."

For 2013-14, the government allocated a total of Rs 4,067.99 crore to the Delhi Police. Out of this amount, Rs 163.90 crore will be used for construction of residential accommodation. This is a sharp increase from the revised Budget for the last year, which was Rs 25.40 crore.

Out of the Budget, Rs 223.32 crore has been allocated for the construction of buildings for the police. Last year, the revised Budget for the same project was Rs 156.76 crore.

Another senior Delhi Police official said, "We have many projects in which we have identified land for constructing police stations, offices and residential buildings. We will have to set our priorities according to the Budget."

A total of Rs 2 crore has been allocated for induction of latest technology for the force. These include more CCTV cameras to be installed at crowded markets and vulnerable locations of Delhi with the purposes of combating terror and crimes against women.

Installation of more traffic signals across Delhi and implementing traffic schemes will also be another focus area of the police. A total of Rs 4 crore has been allocated for these projects for this financial year. This is a jump from Rs 1.50 crore that was allocated for this purpose in the revised Budget of 2012-13.

This year less budget has been allocated for the upgrade of the training of personnel. The government has provided Rs one crore for this purpose this financial year, however, Rs 2 crore was allocated in 2012-13.

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Rs 7,701 cr for Metro Phase3 project
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 28
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) today got a budgetary allocation of Rs 7,701 crore for construction of its upcoming Phase-III project which will extend the existing system to far fetched areas in the national capital. The DMRC has already begun construction of its Phase-III project that will add another 103 km of the capital to the Metro map.

The Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram today announced that the Central government will infuse Rs 650 crore as its equity, while it will get a pass through assistance of Rs 1750 crore. He said that Rs 5,181.12 would be invested by the Centre in the DMRC for the fiscal year 2012-13. Chidambaram also announced Rs 120 crore as grants to the DMRC.

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Medical fraternity rues marginal hike
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 28
With an 8.2 per cent hike in country's estimated total health outlay, the seemingly balanced Union Budget 2013-14, proposed by the Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram here today did not evoke a good response from Delhi's medical fraternity, in particular the corporate sector, given largely unchanged tax holidays given on medical equipment, life-saving drugs exemptions and no rebate on plastic surgeries.

While they rue the marginal hike in the health Budget that is still less than 2 per cent of the GDP, they, however, acknowledged the increased focus on health research and training and increased allocations 
to the government hospitals in Delhi.

The top gainer is as expected is the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) that has received Rs 1340 with Rs 550 crore under plan and Rs 790 crore under the non-plan expenditure as against Rs 1124 crore it got during the last fiscal year.

Of the premiere institute's total budget while capital assets alone has been allocated Rs 280 crore, the money for AIIMS drugs de-addiction centre has been slashed down to one crore from last fiscal's 2.19 crore.

The second share among the centrally managed hospitals went into the kitty of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Rs 403.05 crore a cut in its budget outlay from the previous year's Rs 322.65. However, for the PG Institute of Medical Education and Research attached to Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, there was a Rs 2 crore increase with an estimated Rs 30 crore announced for it against last year's 26.10 crore.

Safdarjung Hospital's total budgetary outlay for this fiscal stands at Rs 565.64 crore vis--vis last year Rs 467.55 crore. The allocation under the planned and the non-planned brackets are Rs 330 crore and Rs 235.64 crore while Vardhman Mahaveer Medical College sees a double-jump in outlay with Rs 9.50 crore from the previous year's budget.

The proposed funds for Lady Hardinge Medical College and Smt. Sucheta Kriplani Hospital have risen to Rs 284.50 crore from the previous fiscal's outlay being Rs 198 crore.

Share of Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital in this year's budget too has increased from Rs 61.75 crore of last fiscal to Rs72.50 crore, including Rs 38.5 crore for specified plans and Rs 33.50 crore under the non-planned bracket.

In the case of Valabh Bhai Patel Chest Institute, the budget has gone up to Rs 42.50 crore with the break-up for planned and non-plan expenditure being at Rs 16.9 crore and Rs 25.60 crore and under the head of capital assets Rs 10.40 crore has been earmarked as against Rs 7.3 crore during last financial year.

Then, budgetary allocation announced for the Indian Council of Medical Research is Rs 98 crore for this fiscal while the National Institute of Communicable Diseases this time has received Rs 45 crore while that earmarked for plan and unplanned expenditure heads are at Rs 18 crore and Rs 27 crore, respectively.

These hikes in budgets apart from few initiatives for women, child and elderly health is something positive, said secretary of the Indian Medical Association Dr. Narendra Saini.

"Health has not been given infrastructure status which would have enabled the private medical sector to get rebate on electricity and a water tax as it is a life-saving sector. This would further discourage the delivery of quality and affordable healthcare for all," he added.

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Delhi gets step-motherly treatment: BJP
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 28
Reacting against the Union Budget 2013-14, BJP Delhi president Vijay Goel and Leader of the Opposition in the Delhi Legislative Assembly Vijay Kumar Malhotra said that the Budget gave no relief to Delhi citizens.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit could not get anything from the Union government. The plan expenditure of Rs 325 crore remains unchanged for the past 10 years. Dikshit had demanded Rs 3,500 crore but got nothing.

Goel said that until Delhi is given full statehood, the Central government will continue step-motherly treatment with Delhi. If Delhi gets full statehood, it can receive share in the Central taxes.

He further said that the circle rates in Delhi are very high and one per cent additional tax has been imposed on sale or purchase of property of more than Rs 50 lakh which will lead to further price rise. Today one can not get a two-room flat for even Rs. 50 lakh. Some time ago the people of Delhi were forced to install set-up box and now the tax on it has been increased from 5 per cent to 10 per cent.

Due to increase of 60 per cent tax on marble the cost of construction will increase further.

Goel said that the rail fare, power tariff, price of petrol, CNG, cooking gas and water charges have already been increased.

Malhotra said that there is no relief in this Budget for women, senior citizens and government employees. There is no allocation of funds for provisions of housing for JJ colonies, slum clusters and for labourers.

No effort has been made to reduce high prices and create more employment opportunities.

However, DPCC president Jai Prakash Agarwal said that the Budget was aimed at the development and progress of the common people.

It will consolidate the financial position of the country to make it stronger and richer.

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Man arrested in double murder case
Shaurya Karanbir Gurung
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 28
A 28-year-old man was arrested this morning for allegedly murdering his cousin sister and her husband a fortnight ago at their residence in Govindpuri, before fleeing with Rs one lakh and some jewellery.

Som Bahadur Gaha had allegedly used the money to pay a man who had entrapped him into a lottery scam, according to the police. Out of the stolen money, he had sent Rs 40,000 to his wife and child in Pune. He was apprehended at the New Delhi Railway Station when he was trying to flee to Pune.

Som's cousin Pavitra and her husband Ram Bahadur Thapa ran a Chinese food stall at Tilakkhand market. Som would bring the vegetables and meat for the stall. He used the money he was given for his work to pay a man, who had sent him a text message about a lottery six months ago. "Som was told that he had won five crore pounds and he had to pay money to receive it. He fell for the trap and over a period of time had deposited a large sum of money for the man ," added the official.

Som needed more money and he approached his sister on February 14, but she flatly refused. He allegedly strangled her with a nylon cloth. He then placed her body inside the bathroom. Additional Commissioner of Police (southeast) Ajay Chaudhry, said, "He used his sister's phone to call Ram, who arrived 15 minutes later. Som strangled him also and dumped his body in the bathroom. He took away about Rs 1 lakh and jewellery."

The police official said Som had committed the murder in a heartless manner. "After he had strangled his victims, he placed their bodies in the bathroom of their one-room apartment and just sat there and waited before fleeing with the cash and jewellery," said the official.

The incident took place a day after Pavitra paid the rent to her landlady and informed her that she and her husband were going to Nepal. Their neighbours saw a lock on the door of their house and assumed they had gone to Nepal. It was only after a pungent smell started emanating from the house, that Pavitra's landlady's son Deepak Dhingra broke open and found the bodies on February 26.

The official said, "The bathroom door was ajar. We pushed it a bit and saw the woman's face. Her body was wrapped in a blanket and was kept under a mattress. We saw a pair of legs near her face and we first thought it was hers, until we looked closely and saw the man's body."

"There were worms on their bodies. We had to wash it off before storing the corpses in the hospital for the postmortem. The odour in their house still remained and we burnt about 50-100 incense sticks and used room fresheners to get used to the environment. When we came back we bathed using several bottles of savlon. We gargled our mouths, changed into a fresh pair of clothes, but still the smell remained. Such sights affect you and even when you just see the pictures of the bodies, you get reminded of that horrific scent," added the official.

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Cop held for rape
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, February 28
A Delhi Police constable has been arrested for allegedly raping a 25-year-old married woman at Sultanpuri in the outskirts of Delhi. The constable, Mithun (21), has been arrested and sent to 14 days judicial custody.

According to the police, the victim stays with her family at a rented accommodation, which belonged to Mithun's relative. She said that Mithun had been allegedly harassing her for a long time and threatened her with dire consequences. Yesterday, the woman was alone at her home when the accused barged inside and allegedly molested her. When she objected, he beat and raped her.

Her husband returned home, but she could not muster the courage to report the matter. He found her nervous and when he enquired, she narrated the incident to him. Her husband informed the police. A rape case was lodged at the Sultanpuri police station after the woman underwent a medical examination at Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital. The medical examination confirmed that she was raped.

Mithun, who belongs to Bihar, joined the Delhi Police in 2010 and was posted with the Sultanpuri police station.

The victim's family alleged that the police tried to hush up the matter, but an FIR was registered when they refused to retract the complaint.

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