Siliguri, Sept. 15: The Congress-led board of the Siliguri Municipal Corporation has decided to place the annual budget of the civic body for voting on September 23.
The decision was taken yesterday at a meeting convened by the chairman of the civic body and attended by all councillors.
The budget of the current fiscal could not be passed in March as the Congress-led board lacked support.
“It has been decided that a board meeting will be held on September 23 when the budget will be placed before the councillors again. This would be followed by discussions on September 25 after which we would urge the councillors to vote and pass the budget,” Siliguri mayor Gangotri Datta said yesterday.
Trinamul withdrew its support from the civic board in March making the Congress-run board a minority.
While Nantu Paul was the SMC chairman, the Left Front stayed away from the budget meetings.
The impasse continued for six months and the financial powers of the mayor, deputy mayor, members mayor-in-councils and the SMC councillors were restrained because of the absence of a budget.
The state municipal affairs department had issued directives and instructed the SMC commissioner to incur expenses only under few heads.
“Now that Nantu Paul has resigned, the Congress intends to place the budget again for voting. It is also expecting support from the Left Front. As of now, the party has no problems in attending the meeting as Paul is no longer the chairman,” said a political observer.
Left Front and Trinamul councillors, who attended yesterday’s meeting, said they would be present at the budget meet.
Mayor Datta said: “We would urge every councillor to vote in favour of the budget and help carry out development works through the SMC.”