THE MC HAS KEPT `468.90 CRORE UNDER THE CAPITAL HEAD AND RS 791 CRORE UNDER THE REVENUE HEAD
As suggested by ex-mayor Arun Sood `2 crore will be spent on the celebrations of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji.
The house has also approved to double the ward development fund of the councillors from `40 to 80 lakh
The ward development fund of senior deputy mayor has been increased from `30 to 50 lakh and the ward development fund of deputy mayor fund has been increased from `20 to 30 lakh
Giving sigh of relief to the city residents, the civic body, chalked out a plan of not imposing any fresh tax, has prepared a Budget of Rs 1260 crore for the next financial year 2019-20. However, the civic body has just Rs 552 crore of which the committed liabilities of the civic body are Rs 492 crore. Committed liabilities comprise salaries, pensions, daily wages, outsourcing, petrol payments, electricity and water bills. For this financial year, the civic body will be receiving a grant-in-aid of Rs 375 crore from the UT Administration, as earmarked by the Centre for 2019-20. MC had sought around Rs 1,024 crores . According to the calculations, the civic body will be having Rs 651.86 crore, however, they have proposed to spend Rs 1,260 core. While, the civic body has said that the grant-in-aid for 2019-20 were subject to actual sanction by the UT administration. If the grant in aid will not be released as per the demands the expenditure on budget will not be incurred accordingly. With this the civic body will also get 100 crores under the smart city project. The MCC has also planned to generate an amount of Rs 276.86 crores from his own resources.
Meanwhile, despite the objections raised by Urban planning department Chandigarh Administration in October 2018 over the laying the paver blocks and PCC tiles, the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on Thursday passed the budget of spending crores for lying the same across the city. As per the budget estimates placed before the special meeting of general house on Thursday the passed the budget regarding the same was passed the amount of which totals to around 25.77 crores. However as per the plans, most of the paver blocks will be laid in V-6 roads, which is a clear violation of the Chandigarh’s master plan and green Chandigarh plan. The said amount is the total of the budget listed under the major and minor works to be executed during 2019-20 includes fixing PCC tiles and pavers blocks in V-6, V-5 road, Sector 8, 27, 47-C &D, 48-C, 45-C &D, 43-A &B, Ramdarbar colony, Subash Nagar, Shanti Nagar Manimajra. While, laying paver blocks and PCC tiles in V-6 roads is a violation of Chandigarh’s master plan. As per reports, in last three years, the civic body by violating the Chandigarh’s master plan and green Chandigarh plan had spent around Rs 20.13 crore on laying paper blocks and PCC tiles.
Mayor called special Budget meeting illegally: Kainth
Terming the Budget meeting illegal, expelled BJP councillor Satish Kainth along with independent councillor Dailp Sharma walked out of the meeting. Kainth said that the special House meeting was invalid because the mayor has no power to convene the meeting like this. As per the sub-Section 2 of Section 55 (1) Chapter 4 of Transactions of Business by Corporation (Act), holding a special meeting needs request of 1/4th councillors in writing in advance. “It is mandatory in the Act that the Budget meeting should be held in the first week of February every year as per Section 86 (1). Copy enclosed. It is totally wastage of public money and wastage of precious time of the corporation officials and councillors.” All expenses should be paid by the mayor. He said that they would be filing a complaint in court and to the UT Administrator.
Who gave authority to Sood to chair meeting: Opposition
Opposition Councillor Devinder Singh Babla at the special meeting of the General House of the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation questioned as under what provision, former Mayor Arun Sood held the meeting of the MC officials in the absence of Mayor Rajesh Kalia. During the meeting, which was held on Thursday, Babla questioned Kalia that is there any provision under which any councillor can hold a meeting with the officials in his absence when they have senior deputy and deputy mayor. “At the meeting of officials to discuss the water crisis, which was held on Wednesday, why senior deputy and deputy mayor were not present after the Mayor had left the meeting midway?” questioned Babla. Supporting him, other Congress Councillor Gurbax Rawat said, “Aap Ek Councillor ko sath leke na chale humein bhi puchein (You should not only take along just one councillor, but other councillors should also be considered,”), said Rawat. Taunting Arun Sood, Rawat further said that Mayor Rajesh Kalia had been sending message about the important meetings only to Sood and ignoring rest of the councillors. Responding to the allegation, Sood said there was nothing wrong in holding the meeting as the Mayor had given him the responsibility to manage the water crisis issue. “ Jaise apko pichale Mayor Davesh Moudgil ne authorise kiya tha meetings lene ko, vaise mujhe Kaliya ji ne authorise kiya hua hai ( The way former Mayor Davesh Moudgil had given you the to take meeting similarly Kalia had authorised me to preside over the meetings,”) said Sood to Babla. Calming down the councillors, Mayor Rajesh Kalia said, “ Nothing was done intentionally. Asking Sood to take the meeting , he may have not been aware of the legality of the issue. Being the ex-mayor, Sood has better understanding of the issue so he had asked him to take the meeting
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