Vasco: Mormugao Municipal Council (MMC) passed a surplus budget of Rs 3.57 crore for the financial year 2020-21 during the council meeting held on Friday. Interestingly, the opposition councillors boycotted the meeting alleging mismanagement in the budgetary provisions by the ruling council.
MMC chairperson Nandadeep Raut presented the budget for the financial year 2020-21. He disclosed that the budget is development-oriented with focus on development works in all 25 wards, having provisions for the staff who are about to retire, upgradation of garbage treatment plant at Headland-Sada besides other things.
Raut disclosed that the council will get additional funds from the 14th Finance Commission with the utilisation of Rs 15 crore. “The council is focusing on development projects,” he said.
He thanked the Minister of Waste Management Michael Lobo for giving priority to removal of legacy waste from the garbage treatment plant at Headland-Sada.
“I express gratitude to the Urban Development Minister Milind Naik, Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida and ruling council members for their all-out support to the task of disposal of legacy waste,” Raut stated.
When asked about boycott of the meeting by opposition councillors, Raut said that “I am not aware why they failed to attend the meeting. The council had sent notices of the budget meeting well in advance. They should have remained present for this important meeting.”
Opposition councillor Kritesh Gaonkar alleged that there are several issues in the budget which was presented by the ruling council on Friday. “The council is facing several problems as regards funds and release of salaries of the workers in time. The figures shown in the budget are inflated,” alleged Gaonkar.