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Amidst high drama, Indore civic body passes budget with minor amendments

The Indore Municipal Council on Friday passed the budget for the ongoing fiscal 2015-16 by a voice vote amidst high drama staged by opposition parties that termed the budget "visionless".

indore Updated: Jul 17, 2015 21:39 IST
HT Correspondent
BJP and Congress corporators approach IMC Speaker Ajay Singh Naruka to resolve the deadlock during budget discussions in Indore on Friday. (Shankar Mourya/HT)
BJP and Congress corporators approach IMC Speaker Ajay Singh Naruka to resolve the deadlock during budget discussions in Indore on Friday. (Shankar Mourya/HT)

The Indore Municipal Council on Friday passed the budget for the ongoing fiscal 2015-16 by a voice vote amidst high drama staged by opposition parties that termed the budget "visionless".

IMC Speaker Ajay Singh Naruka allowed minor amendments, the suggestions for which came up during discussions, to be made to the budget.

After a day-long discussion, the council passed the R2132.30 crore deficit budget with the consent of the House on Friday evening at the Gandhi hall.

The BJP, with an absolute majority in the House, faced little difficulty in passing the budget, but the opposition Congress put forth stiff resistance and proposed a host of amendments to the document.

Reading out her commentary, which lasted longer than the mayor's budget speech, leader of opposition Fauziya Sheikh Alim lashed out at Mayor Malini Gaud and said, "The budget allocation is unevenly distributed across the city. Most of the new work proposals made by the mayor are concentrated in assembly constituencies III and IV. Rest of the city is being largely ignored."

The leader of opposition said, "The mayor has meted out a step-motherly treatment to the newly included 29 villages by allocating a mere R87 crore for their development, whereas they had been receiving R150 crore from the state government when they were village panchayats."

Rajesh Sonkar, BJP MLA from Sanwer assembly constituency also backed the leader of opposition and requested the speaker and the mayor to increase budget allocation to the 29 villages, which currently face a shortage of basic amenities such as drinking water, electricity, roads, sanitation.

Congress corporators dubbed the budget document as "visionless" and launched an attack on the ruling BJP party, alleging that they had not developed an organised system for making basic amenities available for residents in the last 15 years.

The ruling party corporators proposed a few amendments to the budget document, such as increasing budget allocation for the 29 villages, apart from developing new and existing gardens and including more wards in the development plan.

Congress corporator Chote Yadav ridiculed the tax rebate proposal for hostel owners as illogical and blamed the mayor and BJP for favoritism.

He said, "Will the hostel owners transfer benefit to students? No. Instead the corporation should introduce travelling passes for students for commuting."

The budget document also lacked any mention of constructing subways in the city, which benefit commuters crossing roads, he added.

BJP MLA Sudharshan Gupta proposed the introduction of e-attendance for IMC staff to ensure their attendance. He also asked the speaker and mayor to increase the number of sanitation workers for improving cleanliness in the city.

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