31032018-LT-01.qxd 3/31/2018 12:15 AM Page 1 c m y b SATURDAY | 31 MARCH 2018 | LUDHIANA LUDHIANA TRIBUNE Patients’ wait gets longer ~500 for TB patients’ diet CBSE paper leak Patients return empty-handed as Jan Aushadhi Kendra runs out of generic medicine stock. P4 Come April 1 and nearly 4,000 tuberculosis patients in the district will start receiving diet allowance. P3 Students protest Board’s decision to re-conduct maths, eco exam again. Say it’s their first tryst with corrupt system. P2 FORECAST CLEAR SKY | MAX 36°C MIN 19°C | SUNSET SATURDAY 6: 45 PM SUNRISE SUNDAY 6: 15 AM MC House okays ~1,279-crore budget for 2018-19 The amount includes grants of ~420 crore under various schemes Nod to resolution for regularisation of Chaura Bazar encroachments Harshraj Singh Tribune News Service Ludhiana, March 30 The Municipal Corporation’s sixth House passed its first annual proposed Budget of ~1,279 crore, including grants of ~420 crore, under various schemes for 2018-19. Now, the proposed Budget would be sent to the government for sanctioning. Earlier, MC officials had prepared a proposed Budget of ~859.48 crore, excluding grants. When this proposed budget was presented in the meeting, a few councillors including Mamta Ashu sought from the House to include grants in the proposed budget. During the House meeting, councillors demanded to increase the revenue so that more development could take place. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said all suggestions to increase MC’s revenue were welcome, as MC was struggling to improve its financial condition. Some councillors demanded to ask officials to make extra efforts in ensuring the recovery of pending house and property tax. Some councillors also suggested that revenue be generated by charging fixed fee from street vendors. It has been seen that many shopkeepers collect money from vendors for stationing their carts outside their shops in various markets. District Controller Finance and Accounts (DCFA) officer of the MC, SK Gupta, read the proposed Budget. On demand of the House members, Mayor Balkar Singh instructed the officials to Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu addresses the Budget meeting at the MC Zone-A office in Ludhiana on Friday. TRIBUNE PHOTOS: HIMANSHU MAHAJAN Income sources Expenditure ■ Roads: ~42 crore for new works, ~25 crore for MC had then decided to collect rent from shopkeepers for using 2.6-ft space in front of shops. However, the Local Bodies Department had cancelled MC’s proposal for the regularisation of these encroachments in November 2016. Meanwhile, councillors demanded from the House to deal with the problem of stray animals, including cattle and dogs, at the earliest. Some councillors also demanded to ensure shifting of stray cattle to gaushalas at the earliest. Responding to a question raised by councillors, MC Commissioner informed that 1,780 stray cattle have been shifted to gaushalas. He assured the House that the problem of stray cattle would be redressed soon. SAD councillor Harbhajan Singh Dang also raised questions as to why MC’s slaughter house was not being upgraded. MC Commissioner Jaskiran Singh said the bids were invited thrice for modernisation of the slaughter house, but only single bid was received. He said tenders would be floated again for the project. Some councillors also raised questions over pending roads and other development projects due to unavailability of funds. MLAs including Surinder Dawar, Bharat Bhushan Ashu and Sanjay Talwar were present during the House meeting. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu assured the members that meetings would be called timely according to their requests.— TNS crore from rent of properties and ~3 crore from tehbazari. Besides, MC expects to generate income of ~75 crore from Operations and Maintenance (O&M) cell in 2018-19. Last year, MC had proposed to generate income of ~100 crore from the O&M cell, but had generated only ~20.50 crore till December 2017. In 2018-19, the MC proposed to spend ~42 crore on new roads and ~25 crore on maintenance of roads. It has proposed to spend ~40 crore on bridge projects, while ~6 crore on the maintenance. The officials are expecting to spend ~47 crore on new works related to streets and drains, while ~9.50 crore on their maintenance. For new projects of street lights, ~4.5 crore will be spent, while ~6 crore on the maintenance during 2017-18. It is proposed to spend ~4 crore on new works in parks and ~6 crore for its maintenance. Besides, ~1.5 crore will be spent for the development of slum colonies, outer areas/ BSUP (Basic service for poor) and ~60 lakh on their maintenance. The proposed expenditure on repayment of loan is ~72 crore and ~30 crore on solid-waste management. It is proposed to spend ~1 crore on de-silting of Buddha Nullah. Sidelights ■ Share of VAT: Ludhiana: No new project was proposed for the city during the budget meeting, but a proposal under the table agenda was presented for the regularisation of ‘encroachments’ at Chaura Bazar. A writ petition regarding alleged encroachment on the 2.6 feet space in front of shops at Chaura Bazar was pending in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Mayor Balkar Singh Sandhu said the proposal would be sent to the Local Bodies Department, expressing hope that it would be approved. Notably, the last MC House had also approved the resolution to regularise the decade-old ‘encroachments’ and then sent it to the Local Bodies Department for final approval in March 2016. The ■ It was first Budget meeting ~550 crore ■ House tax/ property tax:~95 crore ■ Advertisement tax: ~12 crore ~2.25 crore ■ Licence fee vehicle: ~30 lakh ■ Slaughter house fee: ~35 lakh ■ Rent and tehbazari: ~8 crore ■ Composition fee : ~30 crore ■ Other misc income: ~36.58 crore ■ Sale of property: ~15 crore ■ Income from O&M cell: ~75 crore ■ Additional excise duty: ~35 crore ■ Grants : ~420 crore ■ Licence fee u/s 343: include grants of ~420 crore, including ~225 crore under AMRUT scheme, ~85 crore under PIDB, ~10 crore under Swachh Bharat and ~ 100 crore under other schemes. MC Commissioner Jaskiran Singh accepted the proposal to include grants in the MC’s annual proposed Budget. maintenance of the MC’s 6th House ■ Bridges/ projects: ~40 crore for new works, ~6 crore for maintenance ■ Streets and drains: ~47 crore for new works, ~9.5 crore for maintenance ■ Street lights: ~4.5 crore for new works, ~6 crore for maintenance ■ Parks: ~4 crore for new works and ~6 crore for maintenance ■ Development of slums, outer areas, BSUP: ~1.5 crore for new works, ~60 lakh for maintenance ■ Buildings, construction of library, public toilets: ~6.5 crore for new works and ~1.5 crore for maintenance To spend 60 % income on development works Of the total estimated budget of the new fiscal, the MC has decided to spend 60.01 per cent amount on development and other committed expenditure. Besides, 34.99 per cent would be spent on establishment and 5 per cent on contingency. In 2017-18, the MC ■ The kin of many women councillors accompanied them to the House ■ District Congress President (Urban)-cumcouncillor from ward 76 Gurpreet Gogi left the meeting in between ■ Tributes were paid to the victims of the plastic manufacturing factory fire and building collapse incident before starting the meeting (right) aimed at spending 67.74 per cent of the budget on development and other committed expenditure. For 2017-18, the MC’s last House had approved a proposed Budget of ~1,316.88 crore, including grants of around ~500 crore. However, the government had sanctioned ~1,194.88 crore, includ- SNIPPETS Scooterist hit by truck, dies Ludhiana: A 62-year-old man died after the scooter he was riding was hit by a truck at Tajpur Road cut on Thursday. The deceased has been identified as Jasvir Singh, a resident of Nirmal Nagar, Dugri. In his complaint, deceased’s son Chanmeet Singh said an unidentified driver of the truck, coming from Delhi side, hit his father’s Activa without blowing any horn and he received severe injuries in the mishap. Jasvir Singh was taken to Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, but the doctor on duty declared him dead, the police said. A case under Sections 279, 304 A and 427 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered against the unidentified driver at division number 3 police station. ASI Surinder Singh said the body was handed over to the family after the post-mortem. Constable Pyara Lal is investigating the case. He said Jasveer used to work at a hosiery. TNS 10-yr jail under POCSO Act Additional Sessions Judge Virinder Aggarwal has convicted Rajesh Mandal of Etehri village, Supol, Bihar, on the charge of sexually exploiting a minor girl, under the POCSO Act. He was ordered to undergo rigorous imprisonment for 10 years. A fine of ~75,000 was also imposed on him. Out of the recovered fine amount, ~50,000 would be paid to the victim. The court asked the District Legal Services Authority for grant of compensation to the victim. A case was registered against him at Sudhar police station on March 15, 2015, following the statement of victim’s father. The victim told the court that the accused induced her to accompany him on the pretext of marrying her. But when she reached his house, she was raped. She also came to know that he was already married. During trial, the accused pleaded innocence. But after hearing the arguments of APP SS Haider, the court found him guilty. OC Couple dies in road accident Khanna: A couple died after a speeding truck hit them on the Samrala road at Khanna on Thursday. The deceased have been identified as Amrik Singh (60) and his wife Amarjit Kaur (55), residents of Model Town, Khanna. As per the information, both of them had gone to Kisan Mandi to buy vegetables. They were on their way back home, when a truck suddenly came from the opposite near the Model Town turn and hit their scooter. Amarjit died on the spot while Amrik succumbed to his injuries on his way to the Khanna Civil Hospital. SHO City Khanna Rajneesh Kumar said they have registered a case against the truck driver, who managed to escape. The bodies were handed over to their guardians after the post-mortem. Meanwhile, the family and residents of the city, including former president of Khanna Municipal Council Iqbal Singh staged a protest on Friday demanding ramps on both sides of the railway over bridge on Samrala Road to prevent such accidents in future. The deceased have left behind their two sons and a daughter. OC c m y b ing grants. Notably, the sanctioned budget without grants was later revised to ~635 crore. It is expected to generate income of ~550 crore from VAT/GST in 2018-19. MC proposed to generate revenue of ~95 crore as property tax in 2018-19. It had aimed at collecting ~100 crore in 2017-18, but was expecting to gener- ate only ~70 crore from property tax till March 31, 2018. Besides, the MC is expecting to generate ~12 crore from advertisements. However, MC failed to meet its ad revenue target for 2017-18. MC officials are expecting to generate ~35 lakh fee from slaughter house in 2018-19. They expect to generate ~5
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