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Eye on MCD polls, freebies for all in south Delhi corporation’s budget

MCD Elections 2017 Updated: Mar 21, 2017 17:19 IST
Vibha Sharma
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To ensure maximum students attend schools every day, the SDMC plans to serve “sumptuous” food once a week, including sweet kheer and puri.(Hindustan Times)

Its eye on the coming municipal elections, the BJP-ruled South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) on Monday announced freebies for residents in its last budget ahead of the polls scheduled in April.

It has decided to distribute 3,000 LED bulbs to poor families in each ward, install CCTV cameras for the safety of women and children at 104 sensitive points, establish 25 new parking sites at crowded places, open four special diabetic centres and construct 32 green pyres in the existing crematoriums.

“We have allocated Rs 4 crore for 3.5 lakh LED bulbs in 104 wards. These will be distributed to poor families living in dwellings measuring 12 square yards to 100 square yards,” said Leader of house Subhash Arya.

For the convenience of registered vendors, the SDMC plans one night bazaar in every zone. The agency will make arrangements of lights, parking and sanitation in these bazaars.

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“The South Corporation is doing well in all areas and we want the benefits to reach the common man. That’s why we have decided to take back all proposed hikes in property tax rates and suggestions to decrease concessions and rebates suggested by SDMC commissioner in fiscal budget 2017-18,” said Arya.

To simplify property tax submission, the SDMC will launch a mobile-based application by the end of this financial year. The SDMC has also simplified the process of issuing councillor’s funds.

“I have divided the funds into various heads and defined the maximum amount that can be withdrawn. It will reduce confusion and disparity in allocation of funds to the councillors,” said Arya.

For example, a maximum of R 5 lakh can be withdrawn for ‘repair and maintenance of parks and tube wells. R 10 lakh can be withdrawn for sanitation services, R 50 lakh for dense carpeting of roads and R 50 lakh for councillor’s local area development fund etc.

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Laddoos for students

When they assemble for Independence Day celebrations this year, students of South Delhi Municipal Corporation schools will get four laddoos as a treat.

The initiative of leader of house Subhash Arya is aimed at making school kids remember the day as a ‘sweet’ memory. The south corporation allocated R 1 crore to buy laddoos on all national festivals.

To ensure maximum students attend schools every day, the SDMC plans to serve “sumptuous” food once a week, including sweet kheer and puri. On rest of the days, meals will include sabzi and dal as well.

Besides, the corporation is working to enhance the quality of education and establish smart classes in 581 schools with the help of NGOs. “We want our kids to learn all modern tools,” said Arya.

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