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Ward development: Six months on,some finish funds,others yet to open account

Six months into the financial year,some councillors of the Municipal Corporation have almost exhausted their ward development fund.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: October 5, 2013 1:17:24 am

Six months into the financial year,some councillors of the Municipal Corporation have almost exhausted their ward development fund,while others have barely opened their account. Among the top spenders are councillors Rajesh Gupta,Gurcharan Dass Kala and Devesh Moudgil. Meanwhile councillors Satish Kainth and Arun Sood figure at the bottom. Councillors are given Rs 40 lakh a year that they can spend for works in their wards. The areas where the fund can be spent is specified.

BJP councillor Devesh Moudgil who figures among the top has already allocated Rs 38.92 lakh from the fund. He says that he has spent the fund on undertaking work at the motor market in Sector 48. Murals have been made at the community centre in Sector 46,while equipment for gym has been installed at the Janj Ghar in Sector 47.

Among the others,BJP councillor Rajesh Gupta has allocated Rs 39.37 lakh becoming the top spender. Independent councillor Gurcharan Dass Kala has allocated Rs 39.35 lakh for the work in his ward comprising of Manimajra. Councillor Saurabh Joshi has allocated Rs 38.62 lakh. While the Mayor Subhash Chawla has allocated Rs 36.59 lakh for his ward.

Meanwhile,there are some councillors,who have allocated the amount for works. But with the tendering for the work not having been done,execution has not taken place. Due to this,the amount is yet not added to the expenditure of the ward development fund.

Councillor Arun Sood who as per records has allocated Rs 4.86 lakh for the work says that while he has allocated most of the fund for work,tenders have not been allotted. Due to this,the expenditure is yet to be added.

Deputy Mayor Satish Kainth has allocated Rs 2.84 lakh,while councillor Rajinder Rattu has allocated Rs 5.75 lakh. The allocation of Raj Bala Malik stands at Rs 5.43 lakh.

Kainth says that the money that he has allocated has not been added to the figures. That is why these are so low,despite the fact that the funds have been allocated. He said that in the next few days,this would be done.

The elected councillors had raised the demand for increasing the ward development fund to Rs 1 crore which has not been agreed to. Meanwhile,the nominated councillors have also been demanding that they should be given such a fund that they can allocate for work in any sector. The demand was rejected by the Administration.

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