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With civic polls just a year away, corporators struggle for development funds

This year, while each BJP corporator will get an extra Rs 1 crore, the Sena corporators have managed to get just Rs 70 lakh.

Corporators from all parties are struggling for funds to carry out the various development works in the their respective wards with the civic elections just a year away. However, the BJP – the junior alliance partner in BMC – has managed to get more funds than the Shiv Sena, which is the bigger partner in the civic body.

As per the norms, each corporator gets Rs 60 lakh as the corporator fund every year. Apart from this, the standing committee allocates the ‘development funds’ to the corporators based on the strength of the party and their requests. This year, while each BJP corporator will get an extra Rs 1 crore, the Sena corporators have managed to get just Rs 70 lakh.

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On Monday, the amendment of Rs 500 crore has been made by the standing committee to the civic budget. While it has decided to give Rs 100 to BEST, Rs 400 crore provision has been made for various development works.

While the BJP bagged Rs 34 crore for its 31 corporators, the Sena got around Rs 62 crore for its 75 corporators.
The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) got Rs 6.5 crore for its 27 corporators, the NCP managed to bag Rs 7.5 crore for its 14 corporators, the Samajwadi Party (SP) got Rs 6 crore for its eight corporators, while the Congress got Rs 12 crore for its 51 corporators.

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Sena, the bigger partner in BMC, said most of the funds have been kept aside for its projects of the party rather than handing it over the corporators. The Congress is unhappy with the money that it has got. “We have over 50 corporators and it is going to be difficult to distribute Rs 12 crore among them. This is not fair. The money should have been distributed fairly,” said Devendra Amberkar, Congress leader in the BMC.

Refuting the Congress claims, standing committee chairman Yashodhar Phanse said the panel is ruling party’s discretion to allocate the funds to the parties. “We have tried to give as much possible to them.”

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