Members oppose budget proposals
TERMING THE budget proposals ‘unrealistic’, the Kanpur Development Authority (KDA) Board members today directed the KDA officials to redraft the budget proposal and put it before the extended board meeting on March 31.
However, the KDA board passed other proposals like hike in medical allowance of the KDA employees, pension, policy for multiplexes and cinema halls.
However, the 96th KDA board meeting could not be concluded today following objection raised by Board members mainly chairperson and Divisional Commissioner Anita Bhatnagar-Jain and acting vice-chairman and District Magistrate Deepak Kumar describing budget proposal ‘unrealistic’.
Dropping of the proposal of miscellaneous land use conversion of plot number 543/9 at Kidwai Nagar has also raised several questions. However, Kumar clarifying the reason said that since there were several other cases like this, it was decided to incorporate it with similar proposals.
Earlier, the board members citing the budget proposal of Rs 307.05 crore for 2006-07 unrealistic rejected it and directed the officials to redraft a realistic budget with expenditure in proportion to income. Strangely, the KDA officials had projected an expenditure of about Rs 200 crore against the income of a little over Rs 100 crore.
Raising the questions over the same, the board members said that the budget should be more realistic in nature, which means that the redrafted budget would be around the same amount as that of last fiscal, which was around Rs 258.37 crore. A senior KDA official said the budget proposals presented in the meeting were against the very principle of economics, which resulted in showing escalated figures of expenditure.
Discussing other agenda, the members passed the proposal of hike in medical allowance of the employees.
Now, the KDA employees would get Rs 150 per month instead of Rs 30. Similarly, the proposal of pension for the KDA employees has been agreed upon in principle and a decision was taken to deposit Rs 8 crore from the KDA account for the pension of the employees. The acting V-C while talking to media persons said that Rs 2 crore had already been deposited and the rest of Rs 8 crore would be transferred soon.
The V-C, however, on the restarting of pension for the KDA employees said that since the decision was to be taken by the State Government, the board’s decision would again be sent to the State Government for further action.
The KDA board also approved the proposal to frame policy for multiplexes and cinema halls. On the medical expenditure incurred by the employees, it was decided that the Class IV and Class III employees would be given the medical reimbursement while bills of other employees would be thoroughly checked and passed.