JMC Budget passed unanimously

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 14 Apr 2018 12:59:03


Staff Reporter,

After four meetings, the proposed Budget of the Jabalpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) for the year 2018-19 was on Friday passed unanimously. The House approved the suggestions given by Mayor Dr Swati Godbole and gave consent to include significant suggestions of Opposition members in the Budget. The adjourned Budget meeting which was started at 2 pm was continued till late in the night. At the end, the Mayor accepted the Opposition’s demand of increasing Corporator fund from Rs 48 lakh. The Mayor at first announced to raise the fund to Rs 60 lakh. But, lastly she agreed to increase it to 65 lakh. The declaration brought smiles of the faces of Opposition members who were adamant to raise the fund to at least Rs 75 lakh.

Earlier, the Opposition members discussed in detailed the proposed Budget during four meeting. They proposed numerous amendments in the Budget and also lashed the treasury bench for lacking needed things.Leader of Opposition, Rajesh Sonkar, Vinay Saxena, Mukesh Rathore, Kewal Krishna Ahuja and others spoke at length over the Budget and gave suggestions.At the end, Mayor Dr Swati Godbole replied to the suggestions, allegations and demands of Opposition members in her Budget speech. Giving credit of development works to all 79 Corporators she said she is fully determined to over all development of the city.

The Mayor said much had been done in last four years and still lot more needed to be done for real development of the city. She assured the Opposition members of including significant amendments in the Budget. Speaking on water crises, she said there is no city exists on the earth which has never faced natural calamity. Though the city has received less rainfall this year, but it is fortunate that despite this lacking it would not face acute water crises. She said Jabalpur is situated on the bank of river Narmada which provides ample water to cater potable water need of citizens. She said the water crises prevailing in some areas of the city and could be resolved through unanimous efforts.

Recounting the development works done in last four years, she said the JMC has toiled hard to better traffic arrangement. It has developed left turns to lessen traffic pressure on squares, widened main roads and beautified squares to synchronize traffic. Likewise, the JMC with due support of Railways is also widening under bridges to rid citizens of traffic jam. She in her speech also underlined the irregularities being done in depositing EPF of sanitation workers. She directed concerned officials to ensure regular deposition of EPF in workers’ accounts.She also expressed before the House the pain of Corporators. Dr Godbole said senior officials at JMC overlooked public representatives. They don’t have time to listen to their problems. She directed the Municipal Commissioner to see that public representatives be given due time and their problems be redressed on time. She said such habit and efforts would mend their image before public representatives and ultimately before public.

Later, she sought House’ consent over three proposals. She suggested that the JMC should install National Flag on 100 feet height at Nehru Udyan. Dr Godbole this has been done only in three cities including Delhi, Bangalore and Bhopal. Likewise, she also sought House’ consent for approval of 108 lease cases. Similarly, she also proposed appointment of 1200 sanitation employees on contract.The Opposition unanimously approved two proposal one related to National Flag and another to lease cases, but they demanded discussion on appointment of sanitation workers.