Eye on polls, govt doles out funds for East Delhi
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The Congress-ruled Delhi government will release additional 33 per cent funds over and above the budget plan of the cash-strapped East Municipal Corporation and help the civic agency take up various projects.
"We are the only corporation to receive this favour," corporation commissioner S S Yadav said.
Sources said the government's "goodwill gesture" has more to do with next year's Assembly elections than going all out to help the BJP-ruled corporation because the Congress wanted to consolidate its votes on the east bank of the Yamuna.
The money will be spent on proposed projects such as a better garbage disposal system, management of landfill sites, simplification of services like tatkal scheme for health trade and general trade licence, redevelopment of water bodies, municipal property and parking facilities, and overhauling the education and health apparatus.
Yadav, who was with the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry before he was assigned corporation duty, said the civic agency has been able to secure Central government funds for several health projects.
An amount of Rs 30 crore for health-related projects have been already approved, while proposals were sent for Rs 21 crore to set up computer laboratories in corporation-run schools and pay Rs 1,000 to each girl student as an incentive to learn computers.
The Department of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) has promised to give Rs 93 lakh to set up laboratories, while funds were sought from the National Horticulture Mission for related projects, an official said.
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