To keep a check on expenses for purposes other than civic infrastructure, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) administration, citing uncertainty in the civic body’s financial condition in the next financial year, has proposed that funds should not be given to any social organisations, mostly related to political leaders, in 2016-17 as against the practise of making budgetary provisions for them every year.
However, understandably, the elected representatives have decided to ignore the proposal. “A proposal was tabled by the civic administration not to make any budgetary provision for any social organisation in next year’s budget. We had a discussion and unanimously decided to ignore it,” said Ashwini Kadam, chairperson of the standing committee.
Kadam said that the proposal would be discussed in the next meeting as elected representatives would be reviewing the beneficiaries of civic funds. “We are considering increasing the budgetary allocation to social organisations that are doing good work,” she said.
The PMC has been allotting Rs three lakh to each social organisation. The standing committee also postponed the decision on the proposal to generate power by installing solar energy equipments on the roof of civic buildings.
“All party members in the committee are of the opinion that the plan to appoint an agency recommended by the Union government for the purpose should not be given the contract blindly. We are exploring the possibility if the civic administration itself undertakes such a project,” Kadam said.
Meanwhile, the committee has called a special meeting to decide upon the tax proposal recommending 50 per cent hike in water charges. “All political parties are against approving the tax hike proposal as civic elections would be taking place in 2017,” Kadam said.