Eye on social welfare,BMC hikes budget

BMC has hiked its budget by an additional Rs 215 crore for 2013-14 for introducing a slew of expenditures approved in the standing committee meeting Wednesday.

Written by Express News Service | Published:February 28, 2013 1:38 am

BMC has hiked its budget by an additional Rs 215 crore for 2013-14 for introducing a slew of expenditures approved in the standing committee meeting Wednesday. While the civic body will focus on increased social expenditure,more funds have been directed at increasing the stores of municipal councillors.

Among the additional allocations for councillors,the budget also proposes to carry forward the municipal councillor fund of Rs 60 lakh under certain conditions.

“We will carry forward the corporators’ fund if the purchase orders for works to be carried out at the ward level are filed before the end of the current fiscal. We will set up this fund for the new budget under a different subject and will allow corporators to use them for works already allotted,” said standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale.

In the amended budget,BMC proposes to allot an additional Rs 40 lakh for each of the 227 councillor wards,for which Rs 88.77 crore has been earmarked. An additional corpus of Rs 73.8 crore has been allotted for ward committees for major works. Till date,corporators have used less than 25 per cent of their current funds for ward-level works. It is now likely that there will be a scramble next month to get as many purchase orders cleared before the end of this fiscal.

Another amendment proposed is the infusion of Rs 1 crore for creating an international-level memorial for deceased Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray. BMC will also extend its services in private land layout and Rs 24 crore has been assigned for it which includes laying water,sewerage and utility connections and internal roads on land- owned by other government agencies.

The new budget has also earmarked Rs 85 lakh and Rs 2.65 crore for the development of gaothans and koliwadas.

The corporation’s gender budget of Rs 19 lakh has been boosted with an additional Rs 10 lakh to improve child sex ratio,maternal diet,and provide financial support to children of rape victims,while Rs 1 crore has been dedicated to support senior citizens and Rs 50 lakh will be used for aiding HIV positive widows. An additional Rs 50 lakh has been proposed for helping leprosy patients and the handicapped.

The civic body also plans to educate orphaned children. Based on the suggestions of MNS corporator Chetan Kadam,it will institute mobile clinics and schools,for which it has assigned Rs 1 lakh each.

BMC has also earmarked Rs 20 lakh for promoting Marathi language and culture,creating an employment cell for natives and to develop Mumbai as a tourist destination.

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