MC budget to be discussed today

The budget of the Municipal Corporation for the year 2013-14 will come up for discussion today.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:February 28, 2013 3:47 am

The budget of the Municipal Corporation for the year 2013-14 will come up for discussion today. A budget of Rs 637.85 crores has been proposed for the coming financial year. Of this,Rs 261.05 crore will be under the plan head and Rs 376.85 crore under the non-plan head.

The budgetary allocations have already been approved by the Finance and Contract Committee of the MC. The meeting is likely to witness heated discussions with the budget proposed this year being less than the last financial year.

With the MC not being able to spend the money allocated every year,it was decided that the budgetary allocations proposed would be reduced.

However,this has not gone down well with the councillors. The budget that was proposed was worth Rs 247 crore. It is in the F&CC that it was enhanced after the members demanded more allocation for some areas.

A large share of the budget will be proposed for the engineering wing for work like road carpeting,laying paver blocks,etc. Allocations will be made for enhancing water supply as well as improving the conditions of primary education and primary health.

Another contentious issue that will be taken up in the meeting will be that of imposition of House Tax. While there is tax on commercial property,this is not the case with residential property. The UT Administration has been sending repeated reminders to the MC for imposing the tax.

While the nominated councillors got the proposal to the House Meet,it is being opposed by the elected representatives.

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