The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC)’s general body approved the Rs297.78 crore budget of the education board on Monday. However, it was the very last day for approval of the budget as per law.
Corporators of all parties took the civic administration to task during the GB meeting for taking extra time to prepare a report on the budget of the PMC’s education board for 2013-14, leaving them little time to study and analyse it.
As leader of the house Subhash Jagtap tried convincing the corporators to approve the budget of Rs2,97,78,36,479, corporators of all parties, especially those of Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), raised questions on the haste.
Jagtap explained that by December 31, the GB of the PMC was required to approve the budget to forward it to the municipal commissioner for incorporating it in the PMC’s annual budget so that the civic budget can be drafted by January 15.
When the corporators insisted on getting more time to study the budget, it was revealed that the education board had forwarded the budget to the standing committee on August 31. It was also informed to the house that the standing committee forwarded it to the municipal commissioner Mahesh Pathak on September 11 for his opinion.
It was also revealed that the civic administration took over two-and-half months to resend the budget to the standing committee and it was approved by standing committee on December 11.