Updated: August 13, 2021 10:13:53 am
The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to make the entire process of preparing the citizens participatory budget transparent by displaying information on flex boards in respective ward offices.
The move, the civic body believes, will increase people’s response to the popular initiative while inviting their proposals for civic works in their respective areas.
The PMC launched the citizen participatory budget in 2006-07. Since then, it has been receiving good response. Under the initiative, people can suggest civic works of up to Rs 5 lakh each in their respective electoral ward.
The civic administration, after scrutinising applications, decides their priority while submitting them in ward committee for the final list of works to be included in the next year’s budget to be prepared.
At present, Rs 25 lakh is allocated for each electoral ward for the budget every year. People can propose work on roads, footpaths, storm water drainage, solid waste management, streetlights, gardens, bus stops, traffic signals and other civic works in their area. However, the expenditure limit for each work will be only Rs 5 lakh.
While preparing the budget for 2022-23, the ward offices have been directed to display detailed information on it by putting up flex boards on the office premises and display a sample of duly filled application form to be submitted by residents. The forms can be collected from ward offices or downloaded online on http://www.punecorporation.org and applications can be submitted both on the portal and in person.
“The flex boards should include information on the number of works suggested by residents under the initiative and actual inclusion in the budget during 2020-21 and 2021-2022. Also, the same should be published for the respective areas by the ward offices,” said Ulka Kalaskar, chief accountant of the PMC.
The deadline for proposal submission for 2022-23 is September 1. From September 3 to 13, the ward offices will convene a meeting of residents, elected representatives of the area and civic staff to discuss the received applications and prepare a draft of it.
The junior engineer of each ward office will prepare an estimate of each of the civic works by September 28. The ward committee will then decide the priority of the shortlisted work and prepare the final list by October 8, which will be submitted to the municipal commissioner for inclusion in the budget for 2022-23.
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