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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, November 17, 2013
 The local bodies department disbursed grant-in-aid worth Rs. 751.58 crore to all 149 local bodies of the state to compensate them for the loss of octroi. The grant is meant for the overall development of the cities. Local bodies minister Anil Joshi announced this on Sunday.

Joshi said the grant-in-aid was provided to the local bodies out of the collection of the VAT. He said the funds were provided to the local government for seven months (up to October 31, 2013) of the current financial year 2013-14 and in total Rs. 751.58 crore was disbursed to the local government.

The local bodies, including municipal corporations, municipal councils and panchayats, would use this grant for providing better basic amenities and setting up modern infrastructure.

Giving details of the amount disbursed to the major cities, the minister said the municipal corporation Ludhiana had been disbursed Rs. 184.84 crore, municipal corporation Jalandhar Rs. 77.87 crore, municipal corporation Amritsar Rs. 65.55 crore, municipal corporation Bathinda Rs. 33.33 crore, municipal corporation Mohali Rs. 25.7 crore, municipal corporation Patiala Rs. 18.21 crore, municipal corporation Moga Rs. 15.93 crore, municipal corporation Hoshiarpur Rs. 13.55 crore, municipal corporation Pathankot Rs. 9.54 crore and municipal corporation Phagwara has been provided Rs. 8.99 crore.