Indore: Indore Municipal Corporation’s budget of Rs 5,162 crore, with Rs 82 crore deficit for fiscal 2021-20, was presented by municipal commissioner Pratibha Pal on Monday and tabled before the divisional commissioner and IMC administrator Pawan Kumar Sharma. But unlike last year, it did not get approval on the same day.
After several hours of discussion, the meeting was adjourned and Sharma came out of the hall and told reporters that approval to the budget would be given on Tuesday.
“Initial discussion on budgetary provisions has been done on Monday. On Tuesday again, the discussion will be held and approval will be given to the budget,” he said.
Pal told reporters that discussion was done on each provision in the budget. “Some suggestions and instructions were also given during the meeting. We will continue the discussion on the budget on Tuesday as well,” she said.
Replying to a query on the long discussion on budget, Pal stated that even when the elected civic body prepares a budget they first discuss it in Mayor-in-Council and then it is presented in the House.
However, last year, when Akash Tripathi was divisional commissioner the budget got approval after few hours of discussion.
No new tax, no hike in existing ones
According to sources, IMC has not proposed any new tax or recommended hike in any of the existing taxes. Also, it was learnt a big amount has been reserved for Covid-19 in the budget which mainly focuses on AMRUT scheme. Budgetary provisions have been made for the construction of four main roads, laying sewerage line, stormwater line, street lights, public transportation, garden, drinking water line, construction of houses for the poor, purchase of machines for cleanliness etc. Five per cent of the budget has been provisioned as a reserved amount.
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