THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The discussion on the financial statement in the Corporation Council on Friday witnessed curious scenes with an Opposition member asking the Mayor how the Corporation became richer by Rs 2 lakh on the night of April 30. BJP member P Asok Kumar’s doubt was a real poser to the ruling front, which had retained an upper hand right from the start of the meeting.
Deputy Mayor G Happykumar, who presented the financial statement, said the opening balance in the Corporation account on May 1 was Rs 18,54,42018.02. Asok Kumar, who questioned the statement, said the closing statement on April 30 was Rs 18,52,77488.02, according to the financial year-end statement of the Council.
Though the Mayor and some ruling front members intervened to rescue Happykumar, none had a convincing explanation for the anomaly in the accounts.
In his long reply to Asok Kumar, the Deputy Mayor attributed the mistake to the Sankhya software used by the accounts wing. He also stressed the need for a ‘master trainer’ to coach the Corporation staff.