Turning a blind eye to allegations that corporators were not using the laptops already provided to them for administrative purposes, the municipal corporation on Monday sanctioned a proposal worth Rs7.67 crore to give them a new set of the gadget complete with the latest software.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will provide these laptops to 227 corporators and five co-opted members of the House.
The corporators and their personal assistants will also be imparted training on how to use the laptops, which are loaded with new applications to help for the users with the carrying out of administrative works.
The municipal corporation, during its last term, had provided corporators with laptops at a cost of Rs54 lakh. After allegations of members misusing the laptops for non-administrative purposes became rife, and many did not return the laptops long after the civic elections were held, the authorities warned them that the costs would be recovered from property taxes issued to them.
This time, the municipal body has loaded the devices with a public representative knowledge programme. The software will comprise details pertaining to what works are being carried out through their funds, how many of them have been completed, budget recommendations for several works among others.
“Besides, there will be SAP system loaded in it. Last time, we distributed laptops so that corporators could access agendas for upcoming meetings and know their schedules. This was part
of our effort to ensure paperless governance. However, this did not happen. Hopefully, they will put it to right use now,” said a senior civic official, requesting anonymity.
The committee had earlier approved a proposal to make android-enabled mobile phones available to corporators.