THE CHANDIGARH Administration has demanded around Rs 6,100 crore — Rs 4,500 crore under non-plan head and Rs 1,600 under plan head — from the Central government for the next financial year. In the current financial year, the Central government had allocated Rs 3,534 crore — Rs 700 crore under plan and Rs 2,834 crore under non-plan head — against the demand for Rs 2,095 crore under plan head and Rs 3,237 crore under non-plan head.
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With the Union Cabinet giving approval in principle for advancing the date for general budget, the Finance Ministry has started the budget-making process for the next financial year by asking the states and UTs to send their demand. The general budget is expected to be announced in January.
According to sources, more funds have been demanded for implementation of Smart City Project, municipal corporation and other development works. The other key areas include education, health, urban development, transport and power.
The administration has sought Rs 200 crore for the Smart City Project. The administration has completed all the required formalities for the release of funds for the ambitious project. The special purpose vehicle (SPV) named Chandigarh Smart City Limited has also been formed for implementation of the project. The Central government will provide Rs 200 crore in the first year and Rs 100 crore every subsequent year.
For the Municipal Corporation, the administration has asked the Central government to allocate Rs 500 crore. The administration has demanded Rs 260 crore for education, Rs 240 crore for health, Rs 50 crore for transport and Rs 25 crore for police.
Around Rs 700 crore has been sought for land acquisition. The administration has to pay around Rs 250 crore as enhanced compensation to the land owners at Kishangarh, Dhanas and Sarangpur. For purchase of power, Rs 800 crore has been demanded.
The fund under non-plan budget will largely cater to expenditure of salaries and other recurring expenses.
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The administration has sought funds to the tune of around Rs 1,000 crore — Rs 600 crore under non-plan head and Rs 400 crore under plan head — for the current financial year.
Till October 31, the administration managed to spend over 65 per cent of its allocated budget. As per norms, a minimum of 25 per cent is to be spent in each quarter. Last year, the administration had spent only around 43 per cent in the first two quarters (April to June and July to September). The poor performance had cost the administration dear as the Central government imposed a cut.