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MC finance committee approves budget of Rs 818 crore for 2015-16

The finance and contract committee (F&CC) of the municipal corporation (MC) on Monday approved a budget of `818 crore for the fiscal year 2015-16. For the fiscal year 2014-2015, the committee had approved a budget of `780 crore.

chandigarh Updated: Feb 02, 2015 22:09 IST
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The finance and contract committee (F&CC) of the municipal corporation (MC) on Monday approved a budget of `818 crore for the fiscal year 2015-16. For the fiscal year 2014-2015, the committee had approved a budget of `780 crore.

In the budget approved by the F&CC, `348 crore have been allocated under plan head, while `470 crore under the non-plan head, which will get the final nod in upcoming House meeting to be held during the last week of February.

`22 crore has been proposed for the water supply, as compared to `26 crore allocated last year, out of which only `14 crore were spent.

Similarly, the committee proposed `20 crore for primary education as compared to `15 crore allocated last year, of which only `11 lakh were spent.

The F&CC has proposed `30 crore for primary healthcare against `22 crore allocated last year. The civic body could spend `72 lakh under this category in 2014.


The panel has also recommended baby pampers kit along with nutritional supplements for all new-born babies born in government hospitals and government dispensaries.

Besides, the MC will conduct the surveys of streetvenders - and the budget under this category has also been increased. Manimajra will be connected with the tertiary treated water supply; the design of toilet blocks will be approved along with the provision of kitchens for caretakers; and the issue of construction of 18 government schools will also be taken up this year.

Surprisingly, no proposal has been made to provide significant facilities to destitute, and afforestation or shelters for stray animals for the fiscal year.

Further, the reduction in welfare expenses falling under heads such as public health, Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), bridges and roads clearly point out towards misplaced priorities of the civic body.

"For the past three years, we have been struggling with primary education and health, as half of the things are managed by the UT administration. During the meeting, it was also decided that the MC will take up these two issues with the UT,"said Surinder Bahga.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of mayor Poonam Sharma, MC commissioner Vivek Pratap Singh and members Subhash Chawla, Satish Kainth, Babul Lal, Surinder Bahga, Rajinder Kaur Rattu. Other officials who attended the meeting included Sunil Bhatia, additional commissioner-1, Sarita Malik, additional commissioner-2, Rajeev Gupta, joint commissioner and other officials.

Pampers kit for new-born

The panel has also recommended baby pampers kit along with nutritional supplements for all new-born babies born in government hospitals and government dispensaries.

BUDGET IN A NUTSHELL

HEAD BUDGET

Total budget approved `818 crore
Buildings and roads `80 crore
Civic works `28 crore
Solid waste management `41 crore
Primary health `30 crore
Augmentation of city water supply scheme `22 crore
Primary education `20 crore
Sewerage `14 crore
Storm water drainage `6 crore
Landscaping/horticulture `8 crore
E-governance and infrastructure requirements `18 crore
Basic amenities/service for EWS `9 crore
Infrastructure facilities in villages `12 crore
Fire & emergency services/disaster management `17 crore