BJP panel clears IMC budget draft
THE BJP core committee cleared the final draft of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) 2006-07 budget at a meeting late on Sunday evening.india Updated: May 02, 2006 22:34 IST
THE BJP core committee cleared the final draft of the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) 2006-07 budget at a meeting late on Sunday evening.
The meeting was attended by MP Sumitra Mahajan, MLAs Usha Thakur, Laxman Singh Gaud and Mahendra Hardia, Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma and Mayor-in-Council member in-charge of Public Works Lalit Porwal. City BJP president Ramesh Mendola, however, stayed away.
According to IMC sources, the core committee okayed the decision to impose an export tax on locally manufactured goods. The meeting also gave the green signal for a tax to be levied on roadside vendors. Committee members also cleared the proposal to charge a fixed amount from builders under the Narmada Capital Fund according to those in the know.
It could not, however, be ascertained whether the party acceded to the move to hike water tax. The Corporation had initially proposed hiking water tax from Rs 60 to Rs 100 in the 2006-07 budget.
Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma, however, did an about turn when the news was leaked to the media declaring that taxes would be raised not in the budget “but at a later date”.
‘Mayor has gone back on promise’
LEADER OF Opposition in IMC Suresh Minda today charged Mayor Dr Uma Shashi Sharma with reneging on her promise not to impose fresh taxes.
“Despite her repeated assertions the Mayor has put forth the export and roadside vendor taxes. The budget also calls for charging a fee of Rs 15 per square feet on plots above 1500 sq feet under the Narmada Capital Fund”.
The Congressman said his party was not opposed to taxes as long as the revenue generated was funneled in the right direction.
“The IMC has a clearly defined brief; providing basic civic necessities like water, roads and sanitation”. Instead of concentrating on these the Corporation is involving itself in matters that are outside its purview.
“The misplaced priorities have placed an unnecessary fiscal burden. So much so that the Corporation is forced to look for loans just to pay its share of JNNURM-funded schemes.’’