GHMC budget meet Monday

Published: 18th February 2013 11:53 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th February 2013 11:53 AM   |  A+A-

The special meeting of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation to be held on Monday is likely to be stormy. The meeting is convened to approve Rs 3,800-crore budget for 2013-14. The revised budget is Rs 2,664 crore.

The standing committee already approved the budget in December. Since it is mandatory for the GHMC to pass the budget before February 21.

The previous two meetings held in the first week of this month were adjourned by mayor M Majid Hussain. The first meeting was suspended as the MIM and the Congress had heated arguments allegedly to deny Langer Houz corporator C Uday Kumar of the BJP, who was declared elected by the High Court in Nov , the chance to take oath.

The government said the corporator had taken the oath at the earlier meeting but the mayor differed. The second was adjourned after paying tributes to former  mayor Sarojini Pulla Reddy.

TDP floor leader S Srinivas Reddy said the GHMC budget should be discussed at least for three days on the lines of the state budget. All corporators should be given an opportunity to speak on the proposals and their views will be incorporated in the final draft. The TDP would oppose any proposal to revise property tax, he said and added that though budgets were passed by the general body, the authorities were not spending even half of the amount.

The Congress floor leader D Rambabu alleged that officials were ignoring the suggestions made by corporators. BJP floor leader Bangari Prakash called for an in-depth discussion of all major issues.

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