P’kula MC’s budget on Mar 10; unspent funds remain talking point
Even as t he Panchkula MC will present its annual expenditure budget of around rs 79.87 crore on March 10 for 2016-17, an analysis of its past fiscal performance shows that it utilised only rs 7.51 crore of Rs 44 crore allocated for development activities. Keep in mind, however, that the amount spent is till December 2015.Of 44-cr budget, P’kula MC spent 7 cr.punjab Updated: Mar 04, 2016 16:42 IST
Even as the Panchkula MC will present its annual expenditure budget of around Rs 79.87 crore on March 10 for 2016-17, an analysis of its past fiscal performance shows that it utilised only Rs 7.51 crore of Rs 44 crore allocated for development activities. Keep in mind, however, that the amount spent is till December 2015.
An even more nuanced analysis shows that the MC officials had money to spend, but failed to make productive use. (see box)
Even for the construction and repair of MC buildings, the civic body had `10 crore in its kitty, but spent only `7.8 lakh (again till December 2015). For construction and repair of roads, it had more than `20 crore, but could spend only `5 crore, so 75% was left unspent.
One needs to just remember residents’ marking potholes with yellow paint to remember that the repair was indeed needed. Any unspent fund thus warrants explanation.
In papers circulated to the councillors, MC officials have claimed that Rs 25 crore had been earmarked for development works and the actual figure would be Rs 32.51 crore. However, this is also 26% lower than the target of Rs 44 crore.
‘Property tax collection has been deficient’
Till December 2015, the MC has collected Rs 3.75 crore (68.2 %) of the target of `5.50 crore. The MC hopes that the target would be achieved by March 31. For 2016-17, the MC thinks it could earn `8 crore as it has awarded the work of survey of all properties falling in its jurisdiction. In collection of stamp duty too, only 43% of the target was achieved.
The MC reasoned, “The stamp duty of Panchkula zone from October 2015 to March 2016, and stamp duty of Kalka/Pinjore zone from July 2015 to March 2016 is pending and the bill up to January 2016 has already been submitted to DC office for realisation. The balance is expected to be received up to March 31, 2016. A target of `50 crore has been fixed for 2016-17.”
Other areas of concern
The MC was to earn Rs 4 crore on its share of 5 paisa per unit in power bills but till December 2015, it got nothing.
Only Rs 2.7 crore (54%) has been received till December 2015 against the target of `5 crore. For 2016-17 also, a target if Rs 5 crore has been fixed.
In advertisement, a target of Rs 3 crore was fixed, but due to pendency of court case and stay granted by the high court, only Rs 1.82 crore (60.7 %) were realised.
Estimated income for 2016-17- Rs 80.39 crore
Estimated expenditure for 2016-17- Rs 79.87 crore
PROPOSED EXPENDITURE IN 2016-17
Establishment-Rs 19.87 crore ( 24.88 %)
Contingency-Rs 8 crore ( 10.02 %)
Developmental works-Rs 48 crore ( 60.1 %)
Miscellaneous-Rs 4 crore ( 5 %)
ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE ON DEVELOPMENTAL WORKS
Construction/ Repair of office building-Rs 10 crore
Construction/repair of parks-Rs 2.5 crore
Fire brigade building/extension-Rs 20 lakh
Construction of meat market-Rs 5 lakh
Consruction/maintenance of slaughter house-Rs 20 lakh
Cattle pond-Rs 20 lakh
Fixing of grill on dividing roads-Rs 50 lakh
Street light plant-Rs 3 crore
Construction/repair of drains/curb channels-Rs 5 crore
Construction/repair metalling and CC road-Rs 25 crore
Construction/repair of community centes-Rs 30 lakh
Total-Rs 48 crore