VASCO: Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) has passed a surplus budget of Rs 1,82,68,082 for the financial year 2015-16. The projected revenue for the financial year 2015-16 has been put at Rs 38,84,19,000 while the expenditure has been pegged at Rs 37,01,50,918.
A special meeting of the council was held in the council hall on Friday morning and chaired by MMC chairperson Bhavana Bhosle.
Increase in revenue has been projected taking into consideration the recovery proceedings being initiated with regards to house tax, occupation tax (sopo), rent, advertisement fee, licence fee and other form of taxes. The council has proposed an amount of Rs 10 crore for initiating various development works.
Projected octroi tax stands at Rs 3 crore, house tax at Rs 6 crore, signboards fees at Rs 31 lakh, occupation of municipal plot rent at Rs 2.10 crore, income from markets at Rs 60 lakh, trade licence at Rs 31 lakh, construction licence at Rs 1.70 crore, interest from municipal investments at Rs 55 lakh and non-specified income at Rs 1 crore.
The council expects to get government funds of Rs 5.50 crore for the purpose of paying allowance of common cadre and dearness allowances to the municipal employees, besides Rs 10 crore for development works and also for the upgradation of garbage treatment plant, and Rs 1.02 crore under National Urban Livelihood Mission.
Provision for payments to common cadre staff stands at Rs 95 lakh, salaries of municipal employees at Rs 12.78 crore, wages of daily rated staff at Rs 2.90 crore, administrative expanses at Rs 25.35 lakh, pension and gratuities at Rs 2.10 crore, salary reserve fund at Rs 1 crore, garbage treatment plant at Rs 4 crore, repair of roads, drain and culverts at Rs 3 crore besides various other payments.
During the last three financial years, the council had passing a deficit budget. Earlier, during discussions over the budget, councillors raised various issues wherein the councillor Sharad Chopdekar has demanded an enquiry over a fellow councillor misusing his powers and threatening a staff. The council has decided to constitute a panel to enquire into the case.
Another councillor Saifullah Khan threatened to go on hunger strike if the state government fails to make provision for developmental grants for the council in another one month. He requested Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida, who was also present for the meeting, to ask the state government to make a provision for funds for various developmental works and projects. Almeida said that developmental grants which were sanctioned by the state government to the council during the last year were not utilised and sent back.
Councillor Chopdekar suggested allotting interest on Golden Jubilee Fund equally to all 20 wards for development works.
Councillors Shekhar Khadapkar, Saifullah Khan and Tara Kerkar called upon state government to allot a larger share of octroi tax collected by the government with many petroleum companies operating from the port town.
Councillor Manesh Arolkar demanded strict action against contractors who fail to discharge their duties properly. The council decided to issue show cause notices to contractors. Khadapkar demanded that the council make a provision for medical check-up and medical treatment for civic workers by a tie-up with government or private hospitals.
Stating that the financial position of the council is very bad, MMC CO J B Bhingui sought cooperation from the councillors to fulfill the provisions made under the budget for the financial year 2015-16.