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MCD panel heads demand vehicles

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NEW DELHI, JAN. 7. After the Municipal Corporation of Delhi distributed laptops to its elected representatives, a new demand has now been placed before it: provide official vehicles to the chairmen of the 40-odd committees of the civic body.

In his annual budget presentation before the MCD Standing Committee, the Works Committee Chairman, Ramesh Pandit, on Thursday proposed a special budgetary allocation of Rs. 2 crores for purchase of vehicles for the heads of various committees of the Corporation.

Asserting that the chairmen of these committees had to move from one part of the city to the other as part of their official duty, Mr. Pandit said there was an urgent need to provide vehicles to them. "This would increase work efficiency and speed up development activities in the MCD," he said in his presentation. As of now, the MCD provides official vehicles to the Mayor, A.R. Verma, and the Standing Committee Chairman, Mukesh Goel.

In his presentation, the Garden Committee Chairman, Sirish Chand Tiwari, allocated Rs. 25 lakhs for purchase of flowers and garlands for various functions of the MCD during the year. Incidentally, the civic body has its own special gardens to grow flowers for this purpose. He also proposed, Rs. 50 lakhs for upkeep and maintenance of trees, which are more than 15 years old.

Another unique feature of the MCD budget at Town Hall was the presentations by two Councillors, Ashok Jain and Khajan Singh, who were caught red handed by the CBI taking bribe. While the Standing Committee Deputy Chairman, Ashok Jain, presented the annual budget of the Slums and Jhuggi Jhonpri Department, the annual budget presentation for the Sanitation Committee was made by its Deputy-Chairman, Khajan Singh.

The Rural Areas Committee Chairman, Aruna, demanded more budgetary allocation for the rural areas of the Capital. She alleged that the rural areas were discriminated against. The Education Committee Chairman, Thakur Dass, said the process of distribution of shoes and shocks to the students of municipal primary schools have begun.

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