A day before the elctions to the post of new mayor, it has come to light that Chandigarh municipal corporation (MC) bigwigs were stingy in spending for city's development.
Senior deputy mayor Rana Kashmiri Devi did not spend a single penny from her quota of development fund of Rs 20 lakh, while deputy mayor Satish Kainth spent Rs 4 lakh out of Rs 10 lakh and mayor Subhash Chawla spent only Rs 1.75 lakh out of Rs 2 crore. The funds are meant for one year, those unused get lapsed. These funds are meant to be spent on the development of areas other than their wards.
As far as ward development fund is concerned, 10 of 26 elected MC members have failed to use even half of Rs 40 lakh given to each of them for their respective areas.
BJP candidate for the post of mayor Rajinder Kaur Rattu also fared badly, as she had spent only Rs 6.58 lakh out of Rs 40 lakh, while former mayor and Congress councillor Raj Bala Malik had spent just Rs 9 lakh.
Also, Kashmiri Devi attended only four of 13 MC meetings this year. Work was hit in her absence as people were forced to return empty-handed. Her primary duty is to step-in the mayor's absence.
Rana's poor performance as the senior deputy mayor perhaps best explains her track record as a councillor.
BJP councillor Arun Sood alleged that it was strange that what even small amount that the mayor and deputy mayor had spent was used in the ward of Congress councillors and BJP wards were totally neglected. As far the senior deputy mayor was concerned, she not only failed to spend a single penny, but also preferred to remain silent when it came to raising civic issues in four meetings that she attended.
Rana Kashmiri Devi said since she was out of country for many months, she could not spend the money.
Kainth said, "Most of the deputy mayors since 1996 have spent more or less the same amount like me. But I have given many proposals for which the money will be used."
BSP councillor Naresh Kumar spent Rs 12 lakh, while BJP councillor Heera Negi spent Rs 11 lakh.
BJP's Arun Sood is the only councillor to have spent full amount Rs 40 lakh.
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Post Spent Sanctioned ward fund
Senior deputy mayor NIL Rs 20 lakh
Deputy mayor Rs 4 lakh Rs 10 lakh
Mayor Rs 1.75 lakh Rs 2 crore
Ward development fund
BJP mayoral candidate Rajinder Kaur Rattu spent Rs 6.58 lakh out of Rs 40 lakh.
Former mayor Raj Bala Malik spent Rs 9 lakh out of Rs 40 lakh.
BJP councillor Arun Sood spen the entire amount of Rs 40 lakh.