Agra civic body passes Rs 619 crore civic budget for 2016-17
AGRA: A civic budget of Rs 619 crore for financial year 2016-17 was passed during the 24th budget meeting of Agra Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Monday. In addition, a Rs 123 crore water supply budget was also passed during what turned out to be a stormy session, with councilors registering protests against the delayed meeting and for lack of development in their wards.
The civic budget has a provision of Rs 15 crore for sanitation works on contract basis, Rs 85 lakh for medical facilities, Rs 9 lakh for immunization, Rs 12 lakh for libraries, Rs 55 lakh for maintenance of parks, Rs 1 crore on e-governance, Rs 5 crore on lighting, Rs 5 crore for drainage works, Rs 50 lakh for toilets, Rs 2 crore for public welfare, among other heads. The civic budget for this financial year us more than one-and-half that of the previous year.
Proposal for winter uniform of sanitation worker, increment in wages of outsourced sanitation workers from Rs 120 to Rs 200 and others also got passed by the house.
The last house meeting occurred on December 26. Due to it being organized after much delay, there was considerable unrest among councillors who, across party lines, registered their protest on different subjects.
The meeting was scheduled to begin at 12 noon but due to incomplete quorum got delayed to 1:20 pm. BJP councillor Ashok Bansal registered his protest against the delay. As per the law, it is compulsory for a mayor to call for a general session of the house at least once in two months.
Councillor Rafat Ullah of ward number 79 (Dhankot) and Sonu Pandit of ward number 70 (Shaheed Nagar) protested against the alleged absence of development work in their areas. Both the councillors sat on floor to register their protest. Pandit threatened to jump off the AMC building and commit suicide if development work did not take place in his area.
BSP councillors protested against suitable civic works not being done by AMC with regard to BR Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary celebrations. Councillors also objected to alleged non-supply of LED bulbs. “Each councillor was to get 20 LED bulbs by Diwali last year. People are asking us to make arrangements for lighting but neither the bulbs nor any other alternatives have been supplied till now,” they alleged.
Councillor Kundanika Sharma who on Saturday joined Samajwadi Party got emotional during the session. SP councilors gave the former BJP leader a warm welcome. Sharma is to be SP candidate from Agra North legislative assembly constituency. SP councillors welcomed her with slogans and garlands. She first visited the BJP councillors’ row and exchanged cordial greetings with her former colleagues, before sitting on the first bench of the SP councillors’ row.