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Civic body submits budget proposal

Cuttack, June 16: The civic body has submitted to the state government a budget proposal of Rs 248.72 crore for the current financial year.

“With projected receipts of Rs 255.63 crore, a surplus budget proposal has been submitted to the state government after approval of the municipal council last week,” commissioner of Cuttack Municipal Corporation Gyanaranjan Das told The Telegraph today.

Das said submission of the budget proposal was delayed this year as the municipal council could not convene a meeting for approval of the estimates till June 10.

Soon after formation of the council and elections for the posts of mayor and deputy mayor, the model code of conduct came into force on March 5 in view of the general elections. Though there was complete relaxation of the model election code of conduct on May 18, the process of formation of various standing committees with chairpersons to take up civic affairs and submit before the council proposals for approval was completed on June 3.

Sources in the standing committee for finance, taxation and accounts said it was a pro-people budget proposal to provide better road and drainage networks to the city residents. About 25 per cent of the proposed budget amount has been allocated for providing basic services to the urban poor in various slums.

According to the budget proposal, a sum of Rs 26.62 crore has been allotted for public health, sanitation and medical services and while Rs 138.36 crore was allocated for various special projects. Administrative and establishment expenses have been pegged at Rs 50.13 crore.

Most of the special projects were already present in previous year’s package. Virtually, no new projects have been included. Projects listed in the special category — foot overbridge, art gallery, vending zones and kalyan mandaps — were there in last year’s budget as well and had not been taken up for implementation. Non-receipt of expected special grants from the government was stated to be the reason.

The municipal commissioner, however, said that a “revised budget proposal” would be prepared taking into consideration “certain priority areas”. It will be submitted to the government by July.

The budget proposal that has been submitted to the government, has mentioned a carry forward amount of Rs 3.82 crore from the past fiscal.

The projected receipts of Rs 255.63 crore in the budget proposal included Rs 75 crore towards entry tax and octroi tax and Rs 157.13 crore under various schemes and special projects. The civic body targeted annual earnings of Rs 1.81 crore from rents, Rs 40 lakh from user fee and Rs 6.30 crore from other sources.