NMMC budget 2008-2009 that was approved by the Standing Committee has been presented at the General Body meet.
The NMMC budget 2008 – 09, with an increase of Rs. 118 Crores, 92 lakhs 7 thousand was presented to the general body meet. The budget approved by the standing committee was presented of 1419 Crore 18 lakhs 38 thousand. Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik presented the budget to Mayor Anjani Bhoir at the general body. The budget shows revenue of Rs. 285 Crore from cess, Rs. 200 Crore from property tax, sale of Morbe water will generate revenue of Rs. 28 crore. In the expenditure receipts, 15 new heads have been added. The general body is expected to begin deliberations on the budget from the 27th of this month. That will leave them with only 3-4 days for discussing the budget for after March 31 it is deemed to be approved. It may be recalled that the NMMC Standing Committee had detailed discussions on the budget under the leadership of chairman Sandeep Naik who gave a chance to members or both ruling and opposition to make suggestions on the proposed budget.
So it looks like the NMMC Standing Committee had won with public where the general body will fail. With just a couple of days in hand, the members of the general body will not have sufficient time to study the budget or raise the public issues that might be amiss. There is little doubt that the corporators of the general body will fail the people of their wards and the citizens at large.