Accusing the state government of not effectively implementing the devolution of funds to the local bodies, senior BJP leader Bandaru Dattatraya has urged the Finance Commission to check misuse of local bodies’ funds and remove bureaucracy control over the local bodies.
In a letter to YV Reddy, chairman of the Finance Commission on Friday, the BJP leader pointed out that the concept of decentralisation was not effectively implemented in the state and funds were not being allotted in time as local body polls were not held. The local bodies in the state were deprived of Rs 3,000 crore for not conducting elections to the local bodies in time.
He said the Centrally sponsored schemes should compensate the short of funds for local bodies and misuse of funds to local bodies should be checked effectively. Market borrowings by the local bodies for the development works should be permitted in the state as being followed in Tamil Nadu and Kerala. He said all the 29 subjects allotted to rural local bodies and 18 subjects allotted to urban local bodies should be provided with effective devolution.
The senior BJP leader said the proportion of allotment to local bodies should be raised and the state should not be allowed to misuse or restrict the funds allotted to local bodies.