Arvind Kejriwal on Afghan Aid: Fund to Taliban by Cutting Delhi’s Fund

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Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, questioned the government on Saturday about the 200 crores set aside for aid to Afghanistan, questioning whether it was appropriate to give funds to the Taliban-ruled country while “slashing” budgetary allocations for education, health, and Delhi.

While sharing a news report about differences between the Centre and the Supreme Court over the appointment of judges, Mr. Kejriwal also advised the government not to “meddle” in others’ work.

“Why does the central government engage in combat with everyone? What about the judiciary, the Supreme Court, state governments, farmers, and traders? By quarreling with everyone, the country will not advance. Do your job while allowing others to do theirs. Don’t meddle with other people’s work “Mr. Kejriwal stated.

Mr. Arvind Kejriwal questioned whether it is true in another tweet, citing another news report “Is it right to give funds to the Taliban by cutting education, health, and Delhi funds in the country? People  vehemently opposed to it.” In its budget for 2023-24, the Centre has set aside 200 crores for assistance to the Taliban-ruled country.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has allocated a total of 18,050 crores in the Union Budget for 2023-24, representing a 4.64 percent increase over the previous year’s allocation of 17,250 crore.

The total expenditure included 5,408 crores in development aid to various countries and over 990 crore for India’s G20 presidency.

In keeping with India’s special relationship and unwavering commitment to the people of Afghanistan, budgetary aid to that country has frozen at Rs 200 crores.

Bhutan received the largest share of the aid portfolio, with an allocation of 2,400 crores, accounting for 41.04 percent of the MEA’s development assistance.

A 400 crores increase in aid to the Maldives has made to meet the need for funds, primarily for ongoing projects such as the Greater Male connectivity project and the high impact community development project.

According to the budget document, Nepal will receive 550 crore in development aid, Mauritius will receive 460 crores, and Myanmar will receive 400 crores.

The AAP government in Delhi involved in a running battle with the Centre-appointed Lt Governor over a range of governance and jurisdiction-related matters.

Last month, Mr. Kejriwal along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and AAP MLAs marched to Raj Niwas over an alleged delay in approving his government’s proposal to send school teachers to Finland for training.

He also accused the Centre of using the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that recently filed a chargesheet in the liquor scam case in Delhi of using the agency to “topple governments and buy MLAs”.

The Kejriwal government has challenged the GNCTD (Amendment) Act in the Supreme Court that gives more power to the LG in Delhi. The top court is yet to pronounce a decision.

Mr. Kejriwal on Thursday criticized the GNCTD Amendment Act brought by the Centre in 2021 and hoped that the Supreme Court will declare it unconstitutional.

The Constitution and the law state that LG bound by the aid and advice of the council of ministers. This means that the files should not go to the LG, he had said in a press conference.

 


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