Guv turns down govt's proposal for more panels

Sources in the Government said, the newly elected body in the BBMP had proposed to increase the number of standing committees from eight to twelve.  The sanctioned eight standing committees are related to taxation and finance, appeals, education and social justice, public health, town planning and development, accounts, works and horticulture and markets.

The BBMP proposed the Government to bifurcate four of them and increase the panels to 12. Under this plan, works panel could be divided into minor works and  major works. Likewise, the standing committees on horticulture and marketing were proposed to be separated into two. Similarly social justice and education were also advised to be divided into two. The town planning and development panels were also suggested to be made two.

The Government accepted the proposal forwarded it to the Governor for approval. However, the Governor reportedly returned it to the Government stating that any change in the number of standing committees require amendment to the Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act.

Sources said the Government will now have to bring a gazzetted draft notification to this effect and seek objection from people. The elected body of the BBMP has to form the standing committees if it wants to table the budget by May 15.

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