Elected representatives in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) on Tuesday adjourned the standing committee meeting without holding discussions on the tabled proposals to protest against the civic administration’s decision to cut development work expenditure in the city.
“The administration had taken a policy decision to cut down the expenditure of the civic body. In fact, the proposed cut will affect the development works related to the daily needs of residents. We suggest these works be completed as planned,” said Ashwini Kadam, chairperson of committee.
She said the civic administration justified its decision by presenting the PMC’s revenue collection and expenditure till August. “However, we are not satisfied with the clarification. There does not seem to be a major deficit as per the information provided by the civic administration.”
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According to the civic administration, the PMC has a revenue collection of Rs 1,381 crore until August and its expenditure is Rs 998 crore. Last year, the collection till August was Rs 1,455 crore and the expenditure was Rs 832 crore.
“The corporation is giving special attention to the smart city project and corporators feel that the development work of the city is being ignored,” she said.
She added, “The municipal commissioner should have taken the standing committee into confidence before taking such a policy decision on expenditure cut. However, he took the decision unilaterally and circulated the order in all the civic departments and ward offices.”
She said the PMC is set to receive grants of Rs 100 crore as a compensation to the local body tax and other pending grants from the state government.
“The commissioner should focus on getting the pending grants from the government,” she added.
Kadam said that the standing committee has decided that it would hold a meeting only after the municipal commissioner gives his clarification in person.
Congress leader Milind Kachi said that the administration’s has taken the decision without the consent of the elected representatives.