House session from Mar 16, budget date not yet decided
CABINET MEET Sisodia slams chief secy on ration delivery scheme
NEWDELHI: The Delhi Assembly’s budget session will be held from March 16 to 28, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said on Tuesday. The deputy chief minister, however, did not specify when the budget for 2018-19 will be presented.
The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by CM Arvind Kejriwal. Chief secretary Anshu Prakash, finance secretary SN Sahai and home secretary Manoj Kumar Parida were present in the meeting.
This was Prakash’s first meeting with Kejriwal after he alleged that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs assaulted him in a meeting at CM’s residence on February 19.
“Budget will be presented in this session and its date will be decided after a meeting of the Business Advisory Committee of the House,” Sisodia, who also holds the finance portfolio, told reporters.
The session will begin with the address of lieutenant governor Anil Baijal.
“A meeting of the Business Advisory Committee will be convened after the House is summoned. The budget is likely to be presented after March 19,” a Delhi government spokesperson said. Last year, it was tabled on March 8. The official said a bill to regulate private hospital services may be introduced in this session.
Sisodia criticised the chief secretary for not doing anything to resolve problems associated with delivery of ration.
On a pilot basis, the Delhi government had in January this year started the delivery of ration through point of sale devices (POS) at ration shops across the city, which requires beneficiaries to have an Aadhaar card.
After complaints of citizens not getting ration, the government allowed distribution of ration without Aadhaar.
Sisodia said that in the last cabinet meeting, the CS was directed to probe violations in the implementation of the POS system in delivery of ration.
“The CS did nothing in these two matters in the past one week. The cabinet expressed disappointment over the CS’s inaction in this connection,” Sisodia said.
The Cabinet Tuesday directed Prakash to probe the matter and submit a report in two weeks. He has also been asked to prepare a proposal on the implementation of the doorstep delivery of ration and submit it on March 1.