Mandya CMC presents Rs 1.75-cr surplus budget

Mandya CMC presents Rs 1.75-cr surplus budget

Mandya CMC presents Rs 1.75-cr surplus budget

City Municipal Council (CMC) president Hosahalli Boregowda presented the 2018-19 budget at a special meeting here, on Wednesday.

Although a few Congress members had requested him to convene a meeting to move a 'No confidence motion' against him and vice president M S Sujathamani, he had called for a special meeting and presented the budget. It may be mentioned that the previous budget meeting, held on February 20, had to be postponed due to lack of quorum, as the ruling Congress members boycotted it.

Surplus budget

Boregowda presented a Rs 1.75-crore surplus budget, which gives priority to solid waste management, construction of houses for pourakarmikas under 'Griha Bhagya', streamlining water supply, development of parks among others. Besides, Rs 5 crore is earmarked for the construction of Amrutha Bhavan, Rs 5 crore set aside for construction of the new market and Rs 6.6 crore for construction of houses for civic workers under 'Griha Bhagya'.

UGD

The budget has earmarked Rs 1.95 crore for underground drain works; Rs 1.96 crore for development of parks in the city; Rs 3.67 crore for water supply, Rs 1.38 crore for door-to-door garbage collection under Swachh Bharat programme, Rs 64 lakh for the development of around 10 graveyards in the city, and also funds for maintenance of streetlights, construction of overbridge, tunnel and others.

SC/ST funds

The funds earmarked for the development of Scheduled Castes and Tribes is Rs 1.31 crore, Rs 39.41 lakh for backward communities, Rs 16.31 lakh for the welfare of the disabled, and Rs 15 lakh for upgrading roads and basic amenities.

Absence

Standing Committee president K T Madhusudhan and around 10 councillors were absent for the meeting. A few of them walked out of the meeting after attesting their signatures.

Officials of various departments were also absent. Former president N Anil Kumar said that a general meeting should be convened for presenting the budget as per norms, and it is not right to convene a special meeting for the purpose. This gives rise to suspicions, he said.

A few councillors said, as it is the last budget of the ruling Congress, they have presented it in a hurry. The budget presentation should resemble a festive atmosphere, but the president has presented it without any preparations, they said.

Vice president M S Sujathamani and CMC Commissioner T N Narasimhamurthy were present.

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