BMC cuts netas' asset by Rs 100cr because of abuse

by Web Desk | Published: 19-02-2021

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Mumbai: The BMC government has slashed the Standing Committee's amendment fund by Rs 100 crore in this year's budget, alleging misappropriation of funds by corporators.  An amount of `650 crore has been sanctioned to the Standing Committee this year from` 750 crore last year. 

 

Despite being an election year, the standing committee passed the budget and received Rs 650 crore on Thursday.  Shiv Sena corporator Yashwant Jadhav has demanded Rs 1,000 crore from committee chairman Shiv Sena this year in the wake of the 2022 BMC elections, senior civil officials said.  "However, given the current financial crisis facing BMC, we have decided to cut costs," said a senior civil servant.  Earlier this month, Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Chahal announced a budget of Rs 39,038 crore. 

 

Despite declining revenues and declining revenues amid epidemics, this budget is up 16.74 percent from last year;  33,441 crore.  Once the budget is prepared, the committee should amend it and set aside for corporations jobs in their constituencies.  It is part of the Corporator's Development Fund.  We have been expecting more since it was an election year, but the funds seem to have been slashed due to reports of misuse of funds and uncontrolled spending, ”said Ravi Raja, Leader of the Opposition in the BMC, Congress Corporator. 

 

Regional development funds should be re-examined.  No more than 2% of the total budget should be spent on such unplanned funds ... their use should be strictly controlled and monitored, ”said Reyes Sheikh, Samajwadi Party MLA and corporator. The BJP was out of Jadhav for using these funds for free distribution.  BMC had bought 84,000 jute bags for Rs 1.4 crore and distributed them in Jadhav constituency in Byculla. 

 

Tender was also awarded for purchase of 30 food and vegetable trucks at a cost of `5 crore.  In addition to gym equipment worth Rs 2 crore, CCTV cameras in ward 209 and other expenses.