Table budget before Jan 31, instructs Gangurde

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Nashik: NMC standing committee chairperson Shivaji Gangurde instructed administration to table financial budget for 2018-19 before January 31. Actually as per current rule, NMC budget is tabled before the standing committee before February 20, but following instruction by the chairperson administration is in dilemma. Meanwhile, the account department instructed all departments to send proposal for the new budget.

Chairperson Shivaji Gangurde in a standing committee meeting held on Friday instructed the administration to table budget for 2018-19 before January 31. The committee will table the budget for approval of General Body Meeting before end of February, he said.

The account department tabled a budget programme for 2018-19 in the meeting for approval. It has been planned to table budget by the Municipal Commissioner to the standing committee before February 25, while budget by the standing committee should be presented to the General Body Meeting before March 31. Last year the budget was presented before the standing committee on April 17 due to municipal elections, while the standing committee had tabled the budget to the General Body Meeting on May 29. As a result, implementation of the budget was delayed in current year. As a result, there is a hurry to get next year’s budget approved before time.

The term of the standing committee chairperson and eight members will come to an end on February 28. The Municipal Commissioner is tabled budget draft in the regime of one chairperson. That chairperson is approved the budget draft, but new chairperson is tabled this budget to the General Body Meeting after end of the term of previous chairperson. Changes are made in the original budget approved by the standing committee.

Considering all these, chairperson Shivaji Gangurde instructed the Municipal Commissioner to table budget draft before January 31, instead of February 25. Meanwhile, a proposal to spend Rs. 35 lakh for organisation of Paralympic Games and cultural programmes from the 3% fund which is reserved for disabled. The standing committee approved this proposal. As a result, way is clear for organisation of the Paralympic Games. The standing committee also approved to install fire resistent system worth Rs 1.5 crore at Bytco hospital.

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