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KHADC presents budget

Shillong, March 27: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) today passed a vote-on-account of Rs 15.25 crore approximately on the last day of the budget session here.

The earmarked amount is meant for various expenditure to be incurred by the council for its smooth functioning in the next three months between April 1 and June 30.

The interim budget was presented in the House on the first day of the budget session by the chief executive member (CEM) Ardent M. Basaiawmoit on Tuesday.

Prior to the passing of budget, members mostly from the opposition Congress had a brief discussion on the budget and proposed a number of suggestions for consideration by the executive committee.

Basaiawmoit said the suggestions submitted by members, especially on the need to allocate adequate amount to various departments, would be worked out according to availability of funds.

He also said the council would be in a proper position to adjust while allocating funds to various departments if released by the state government on time. The CEM hoped that allocation of funds would improve once the full budget of the council for the fiscal year 2014-15 is approved.

Autonomous district councils in Meghalaya receive funds from the Finance Commission, which is routed through the state government. The council also generated money from other sources, like shares from the state government collected on minerals and forest products.

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