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North corpn budget: Taxes remain same, pension rises

No new taxes have been introduced and no increase in existing taxes proposed.

Councillors’ fund will be raised to Rs 3.01 crore per ward and Rs 3.51 crore per rural ward. (Archive)
Councillors’ fund will be raised to Rs 3.01 crore per ward and Rs 3.51 crore per rural ward. (Archive)

While finalising budget proposals for 2014-15, leader of the House in North Municipal Corporation Meera Aggarwal on Tuesday announced that an engineering college will be developed with the help of Delhi Technological University and Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology (NSIT).

A model school for the children of Group ‘D’ workers of the corporation will also be set up. Each ward will have an office for the area councillor and officers of other departments.

The corporation has earmarked Rs 4 crore for Jan Ahar and Khadya Yojna, which aim to provide the poor with meals at nominal charges. The councillors’ fund has been raised to Rs 3.01 crore per ward and Rs 3.51 crore per rural ward. The corporation is also planning to hold public hearing programmes in each zone, for which the Deputy Commissioner will be available in his/her office from 11 am to 1 pm every Wednesday.

No new taxes have been introduced and no increase in existing taxes proposed. Pension amount for senior citizens, differently-abled, widows and the mentally challenged will be increased from Rs 1,000 to 1,200 per month from April 1, 2014.

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The corporation plans to invest Rs 2 crore for setting up women’s toilets. It has identified 48 spots where public conveniences for women will be developed. “Additionally, with the help of NGOs, a programme titled ‘Sayani Bitiya Rani’ will be launched to raise awareness (about these measures),” Aggarwal said. The corporation has earmarked Rs 3 crore for installing CCTV cameras for the fiscal year 2014-15.

She also said the procedure of issuing birth and death certificates will be taken online. The corporation has also tabled proposals to increase the number of seats from 50 to 150 at its medical college in Hindu Rao Hospital and build a 13-storey hostel with 200 rooms at the college.

The corporation plans to hold training camps for teachers will be organised throughout the year, with the help of NGOs and academicians.