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Rs 51 lakh budget too much for Rose Festival: Councillors

The city’s Rose Festival to be held soon by the Municipal Corporation at Rose Garden has already become the bone of contention between councillors and officials.

Written by Khushboo Sandhu | Chandigarh | Published: January 1, 2012 1:40:11 am

The city’s Rose Festival to be held soon by the Municipal Corporation at Rose Garden has already become the bone of contention between councillors and officials.

The agenda for the Rose Festival was tabled in a recent General House meeting,where councillors found the Rs 51 lakh expenditure unacceptable. They demanded that the expenditure be curbed or sponsors sought for the event. It was also pointed out that while the UT Administration was getting its events sponsored at Leisure Valley,the civic body was given tasks that would earn no revenue.

While councillors had created a ruckus in the General House meeting over expenditure being quoted,the agenda for the Finance and Contract Committee to be held on Wednesday does not contain the item pertaining to the Rose Festival. It is expected that the issue would be brought as a table agenda during the meeting tomorrow.

The councillors had also raised the demand that they should be made part of the committees that were being constituted. It was thereafter decided that the issue would be taken up with the Finance and Contract Committee for detailed discussion. The issue was however not included in the agenda for the meeting,though it is expected to be taken up for discussion.

The UT Administration has been organising the Rose Festival for many years now. This year,the Municipal Corporation was entrusted with the task as the Rose Garden has been transferred to the civic body. The festival will be organised in collaboration with the UT Administration and various other departments. Even as the Administration has started inviting tenders for stalls to be put up,the Municipal Corporation is yet to initiate any process.

As per officials,the Municipal Corporation is likely to seek funds from the Administration for organising the event.

The councillors have been objecting to the expenditure being projected under various heads. The mayor reportedly raised questions with the Municipal Commissioner about the inclusion of the item in the agenda. As per norms,the agenda to be included in the meetings of the House and F&CC are approved by the mayor.

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