Oppn sees discrimination in fund allocation

Oppn sees discrimination in fund allocation

Leader of opposition in Mangaluru City Corporation Sudhir Shetty Kannur said the wards of BJP and JD(S) corporators have been deprived of funds under SFC and those belonging to Congress corporators, have been given huge funds in a vague fashion.

Addressing mediapersons at his office in the city corporation on Friday, Shetty said the wards including those of the  mayor, Ashok, Deepak Poojary, Keshav, Vinay Raj, Asha D’Silva and Pravinchandra Alva have been allotted Rs 1.53 crore, Rs 55 lakh, Rs 80.5 lakh, Rs 17.5 crore, Rs 71.30 lakh, Rs 75 lakh and Rs 75 lakh respectively. The mayor has passed the sanction order, following an anticipation of the approval by the council, even before the council meeting, he said. 

Fifteen wards have got no grants, out of which six are represented by BJP corporators and two by JD(S) corporators. The list of proposals regarding development works in their wards has not been considered. Important works such as road construction near Bhadrakali Temple in Nanthoor, Mangaladevi to Yemmekere Road and Kuloor - Kavoor Road works have been incomplete due to shortage of funds, he claimed.

Shetty said Mangaluru North MLA B A Mohiyuddin Bava has misused the SFC grant of Rs 3 crore released on February 28, 2014, by handing over the development works directly to Nirmiti Kendra, flouting the regulations. 

Bava has not gone through e-portal system even though the sanction order clearly mentioned that the tender process has to be done through e-portal system, Shetty charged.

MCC former commissioner Hepsiba Rani Korlapati has written to the government regarding the error committed by the MLA. She had also expressed concern about the quality of work being done and had suggested a quality check. But, owing to pressure by the MLA, she was transferred from MCC, Shetty charged. 

He accused Bava and MLA J R Lobo of interfering in the distribution of SFC funds and 14th finance commission funds sanctioned to the city corporation. The UGD works done under ADB project and Sewage Treatment Plant in Surathkal were inaugurated by the urban development minister, even though 40 per cent the works were incomplete. This was done as an eye wash, he said. Shetty added that the opposition members will raise this issue in the council meet to be held on February 24. Opposition members Premanand Shetty, Roopa D Bangera and others were present.