Opposition slams Sena Sena-BJP for poor utilisation of funds

Tuesday, 4 February 2014 - 12:25pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA

As civic chief Sitaram Kunte is set to present his second financial plan, the Opposition on Monday slammed the ruling Shiv Sena, BJP and civic administration for non-utilisation of funds.

As on January 21, only 22.72% of the Rs6,143.63 crore meant for capital expenditure of the ongoing fiscal was used, BMC data shows. “Despite fund provision, money is not being used,” said Opposition leader Devendra Amberkar.

Samajwadi Party’s group leader Rais Shaikh said that ruling parties have lost control over the administration. “I’ve insisted that adequate funds be allotted for women and child welfare. In the past two years, only Rs10 crore was allotted for both but funds have not been utilised,” he said.

NCP group leader Dhananjay Pisal said not a rupee was spent on road works in eastern suburbs. “Election code of conduct will eat a substantial period and the situation of non-utilisation of funds will arise,” he said.

Sena corporator and standing committee chairman Rahul Shewale ridiculed the Opposition. “Take the case of either central or the state budget, all Bills are cleared in March. So, there is no question of those figures reflecting now. At the end of the fiscal, we will know the actual spending. So far, a majority of the work is in progress,” he said.

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