We, Not MLAs, Supreme in Council: Corporators - The New Indian Express

We, Not MLAs, Supreme in Council: Corporators

Published: 01st January 2014 08:14 AM

Last Updated: 01st January 2014 08:14 AM

Declaring that development funds allocated to their wards should be used as per their directions, several councillors on Tuesday said their words should carry more weight in the BBMP council than that of MLAs.

In the Council meeting, Dodda Bidarakallu ward Councillor T A Gayathri of JD(S) claimed that five villages came under her ward. Each village in her ward is supposed to get around Rs 45 lakh, Gayathri said. “I have the right to utilise it for the development of my ward. Funds should be utilised as per my direction and not that of the local MLA,” she said.

Kacharakanahalli ward member Padmanabha Reddy (Independent) said that prior to 1999, there was no practice of allotting grants to MLAs in the Palike budget. “The local body is supreme in Bangalore and the city should be run by the Council and councillors. MLAs are there to make laws. From Gram Panchayats to BBMP, local representatives should be given priority in administration,” he said.

He warned that with MLAs now getting grants, MLCs and MPs would also demand the same in the future. “MLAs can attend Council meetings and have the power to vote in the election of the Mayor,” Reddy added.

Ruling party leader Ashwath Narayana Gowda demanded that the grants, which have been fixed for councillors in the BBMP budget, not be given to others.

JD(S) floor leader R Prakash alleged that Congress MLAs had taken a large share of the `50 crore, allocated to develop 110 villages in the newly-added areas, to use in projects in their constituencies. He demanded that the amount be distributed equitably in all 110 villages. Interestingly, no Congress councillor spoke on the issue. Jayamahal ward councillor M K Gunashekar even defended the role of MLAs, stating that they also were members of the Council.

Mayor B S Sathyanarayana said he will convene a meeting of MLAs and councillors to discuss the issue.

Revalidation by Next Month

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) will take up revalidation of all major commercial establishments and a report will be submitted by the next Council meeting, said BBMP Commissioner M Lakshminarayana.

Rs Rs 311 Cr not Recovered From Officials Yet’

Bangalore: The annual internal audit report has recommended that BBMP has recover over Rs 311 crore from the officials responsible for misappropriation of funds, but the Palike has failed to do so, alleged former Opposition party leader M K Gunashekar.

Speaking at the Council meeting on Friday, Gunashekar said that as per Karnataka Municipal Corporation Act, BBMP has to conduct department-wise audit every year and the officials of the departments concerned have to submit the bills to auditor on or before October every year. But, since 2010-11, no audit has been conducted. Before that, as per the audit report, from 2006-07 to 2009-10, the Palike has to collect `311.01 crore from the officials responsible for misappropriation of funds.

“We have failed to collect the amount. Some of the officials from whom we were supposed to collect the amount have either died, retired or even got transferred. Who should be held responsible?” he questioned.

Gunashekar also pointed out that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report had recommended to collect Rs 50 crore from the officials involved in irregularities in 2008-09.

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