The Finance and Contract Committee (F&CC) of the Municipal Corporation was unable to take a decision on the modalities of the Rose Festival as the prepared agenda did not find favour with the members. The issue has been deferred till Thursday when a meeting of the members of F&CC would be held again.
The councillors have been raising objections on the high expenditure proposed for the Rose Festival. The Municipal Corporation will be organising the festival for the first time. Councillors have been demanding that the expenditure to be incurred on the festival be reduced and there should be more involvement of the councillors.
The officials of the Municipal Corporation tabled a letter written to the UT Administration seeking funds for the event.
The councillors raised the issue of inclusion of other departments of the Municipal Corporation in the preparations.
Councillor Rajesh Gupta,who is one of the members of F&CC said that the officials have been asked to prepare a proper agenda and bring it to the meeting. The agenda that was prepared does not justify the expenditure.
He added,The Municipal Commissioner should fix responsibility for the expenditure. The departments like the fire wing,enforcement,etc. should be included in the preparations. Sponsors for the event could be found.
Another member Subhash Chawla said that the councillors should be included in the preparations for the festival. A committee involved in the preparations should be constituted under the mayor. At present,the committees have been constituted under the officials, he said.
Mayor Raj Bala Malik said that while they were in favour of holding the festival on time,there was a need to bring a proper agenda to the house.
For the revised agenda to be tabled in the meeting on Thursday,the expenditure has reportedly been reduced.
Night Food Street rates fixed
The Finance and Contract Committee today decided to fix the rent from each kiosk of the Night Food Street at Rs 20,000. The rate of the food items would be cut by 5 to 10 per cent. The Night Food Street near Panjab University is in a pitiable state due to the policies of the civic body.