Rs 752 cr disbursed to 149 local bodies in Punjab

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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  • Updated: Nov 17, 2013 19:00 IST

 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.

 

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