Delhi Government has sought the aid of Rs 5000 crore from the Centre. Hon’ble Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister of Delhi, Shri Manish Sisodia has written a letter to the Hon’ble Union Finance Minister in this regard. He highlighted how the lockdown induced by the COVID 19 pandemic has impacted the country’s economy (and also Delhi) while addressing a digital press conference here on Sunday.
“We have reviewed the Delhi Government’s minimum expenses. According to that, we would need around Rs 3,500 crore every month to pay salaries to our employees and to meet other office expenses. The GST collections in the past two months have only been Rs 500 crore, and after combining it with other sources, we have managed to collect Rs 1,735 crore. But we actually need at least Rs 7000 crore,” said Shri Manish Sisodia.
“I have written a letter to the Hon’ble Union Finance Minister in this regard seeking an immediate aid of Rs 5000 crore to help us pay off salaries of the Delhi Govt. employees. Other states have received financial assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund, but Delhi Govt. has not received any such aid yet. Even during usual times, Delhi does not receive any sort of aid from the Centre. But now as Delhi Govts revenue is severely affected due to the COVID 19 induced lockdown, it is about time we received some financial relief from the Centre to be able to pay salaries of our employees- teachers, doctors, engineers, civil defence personnel, and people involved in coronavirus relief work,” he said.
In his letter dated 26th May 2020, Shri Manish Sisodia addressing the Union Finance Minister has written that “the Govt. of NCT of Delhi has been managing all its development and infrastructure expenditure within its means. For the financial year 2020-21, the Delhi Legislative Assembly has passed the budget of Rs 65,000 crore. Out of which, Rs 35,500 crore constitutes committed expenditure towards the establishment, devolution to Local Bodies and interest & loan repayment liability to Government of India. In the normal course, Delhi is not only confident in managing its budgetary requirement but also results in a budgetary surplus. However, due to the extraordinary situation prevailing in the country as well as the world, due to COVID 19 pandemic, there is a valid need for immediate help from the Centre. The one time grant of Rs 5000 crore will thereby help Delhi tide over the immediate crisis. This will also facilitate the Delhi Govt. in releasing the grants to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi who largely depends on the Delhi Govt to pay salary and other establishments.”
According to the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, the Delhi Govt has also upgraded its hospitals to tackle COVID 19. PPEs, ventilators, testing kits, N 95 masks and sanitizers have been made available. Apart from providing cooked food, free ration and shelter to the needy, the Delhi Govt has also been working tirelessly to send migrant workers back to their homes through Special Shramik trains. Delhi Govt. is also bearing the cost of their tickets and travel expenses.
Deputy CM of Delhi has, therefore, requested the Centre to come to Delhi Govts aid with a sum of Rs 5000 crore in these unusual times.