Budget to focus on health, beautification
The main thrust of the 2011-12 civic budget will be on cleanliness, beautification and health projects.
With the civic elections approaching, the BMC is working under the slogan Swach, Sunder, Nirogi Mumbai (Clean, beautiful and Healthy Mumbai).
The BMC will invite private developers to beautify roads, medians and pavements in exchange for advertising spaces. This move will ensure cleaner roads and traffic islands with the BMC not spending much.
Budgetary allocation for health department will see a substantial increase as various schemes — breast cancer clinics, repairs of primary health centres, upgradation of civic dispensaries — have been planned for the below poverty line and financially weaker sections of the society.
“With the polls approaching, we want to spend as much money from the budget on things that will affect the people directly,” said a corporator, requesting anonymity. Some of the beautification projects that were on a hold last year due to financial crunch will be revived.
The BMC will also allocate funds to deal with outbreaks, such as malaria and swine flu, in the budget.
Even though Mohali district rose by two spots from last year's ranking in the PSEB Class 10 exams, its pass percentage dropped from 99.91% to 99%. Last year, Mohali was placed 17th among the 23 districts. This year, it improved its standing to 15th, with Gurdaspur district bagging the top spot. As many as 9,401 students from 109 Mohali schools appeared in the exams and 9,307 passed.
A 32-year-old doctor allegedly ended his life by injecting himself with a paralytic drug used in anaesthesia at his rented accommodation in Phase 2 on Monday night. The doctor, who hailed from Rupnagar, was living alone in the rented house for the last three months and worked at a private hospital in Sector 34, Chandigarh. The autopsy will be conducted at the Phase-6 civil hospital on Wednesday.
A local court on Tuesday extended the judicial custody of Kalyani Singh, an accused in the murder of national-level shooter and lawyer Sukhmanpreet Singh, alias Sippy Sidhu. Lodged in Model Jail, Sector 51, since June 21, Kalyani, 36, was produced in court via video conferencing. On Monday, she had applied for bail before a local court. Her plea will be taken up for hearing on July 8.
The UT administration's decision to appoint 33 medical officers (MOs) on deputation from Punjab, Delhi and Himachal Pradesh, and none from Haryana has not gone down well with the Haryana government. Highlighting its displeasure through a letter, the Haryana government has urged the UT administration to maintain the 60:40 ratio between Punjab and Haryana while filling up the vacant posts of MOs and dental surgeons. Till then, Haryana had not sent any panel of doctors.
In a major decision, the Panjab University senate on Tuesday approved the proposed fee hike in its teaching departments, regional centres and affiliated colleges for the 2022-23 session. A 5% increase in fee will be implemented for students of the ongoing batches. The fee hike, however, was met with opposition by some senators. The fee hikes over the past years have never gone down well with students.