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MCG budget delayed by two months again

india Updated: Mar 24, 2012 01:03 IST
Dhananjay Jha
Dhananjay Jha
Hindustan Times
Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon

The Municipal Corporation of Gurgaon (MCG) is two months behind schedule to adopt the yearly budget which is supposed to be completed in the first week of February.

Then it needs to be placed in the House of elected councillors for discussion after which it has to be sent to the state government for approval.

As per the provision laid in Section 83 of the Haryana Municipal Act, 1994, the corporation should adopt the budget — for the ensuing year — latest by the first week of February every year.

Further, the Act states that the budget should be submitted to the government for approval latest by the last week of February.

It is mandatory on part of the government, after approval, to return the budget to the corporation latest by March 31 so that the corporation can function unhindered.

According to sources, the corporation will place the budget for 2012-13 on April 2 which is nearly two months behind schedule.

Last year too, the budget was sent to the government two months late and the government is learnt to have returned the approved budget after five months.

Yashpal Batra, senior deputy mayor, said, “We wrote to MCG commissioner Sudhir Rajpal to place the budget for discussion in the House latest by March 28 so as to send it to the government in the first week of April. But the commissioner was not ready for discussion.”

Rajpal was not available for comments.

“There are various committees which have to submit many reports so as to prepare the complete budget agenda for discussion in the House. These reports are still incomplete but the agenda will hopefully be ready by March 25,” said a senior MCG official.