Civic administration seeks Rs 108-cr fund diversion

Allocations sought to meet cost of running civic vehicles, establishments post hike in fuel price and power tariff

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) civic administration is seeking a diversion of Rs 108 crore from allocations for development projects to tide over a deficit budget and meet fund requirements for schemes like paying medical bills of corporators and scholarship for meritorious students of Class X and XII, besides meeting fuel charges for civic vehicles and Sixth Pay Commission dues of retired PMC employees.

The PMC budget is likely to face at least 25 per cent deficit this fiscal.

"Budgetary provisions for medical bills of corporators and scholarships for meritorious students of Class X and XII are inadequate and the departments concerned have been demanding an increase. The hike in fuel cost and electricity tariff has also jacked up expenditure on fuel for civic vehicles and electricity to run civic properties and facilities," said PMC chief accountant Ulka Kalaskar.

She said the municipal chief had assured retired PMC staff after their agitation that their Sixth Pay Commission dues will be paid this financial year.

"We had asked all civic departments to inform us if any of their proposed projects is unlikely to take off this fiscal so that funds allocated for them could be used for ongoing projects as well as schemes facing fund shortage. No department has came forward to volunteer a cut," Kalaskar said.

She said medical bills of corporators need to be paid, while expenditure on fuel and electricity was necessary to ensure civic services and facilities run.

The civic administration is estimating at least a 25 per cent shortfall in the Rs 3,633-crore budget for the current fiscal. By November end, the PMC has been able to implement Rs 1,400 crore of the budget and hopes to reach Rs 2,700 crore by the end of the fiscal.

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