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Councillors welcome budget

Staff Correspondent

Mysore: Councillors cutting across party lines welcomed the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) budget for 2011-12, presented by Chairman of Standing Committee on Taxation, Finance and Appeals Shivakumar on Tuesday.

Leader of the Opposition in the council Nandeesh Preetam (BJP) said the budget was pro-poor and more categories such as Ganigas should have been included in the list for receiving benefits. A sum of Rs. 13.2 crore was set aside — 16.2 per cent for Scheduled Castes and 6.55 per cent for Scheduled Tribes — under the 22.75 per cent allotment.

B.L. Byrappa of the Congress said that the budget was good but officials should strive to mobilise the targeted revenue. However, he said that Mr. Shivakumar should have considered including Kurubas for receiving benefits.

G. Madhusoodan, MLC, who welcomed the budget, stated that the MCC should take steps to stop leakage of revenue while collecting revenue under Self-Assessment Scheme. He added that officials and councillors should be responsible for the mobilisation of revenue as well as expenditure. He was in favour of the MCC taking stern action by clearing encroachments and reclaiming properties.

Siddaraju, MLC, lauded the MCC's move to construct an Ambedkar Bhavan for which it had contributed Rs. 25 lakh. Chikkamadu, MLC, also termed the budget as a good one. Chairman of the Mysore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) L. Nagendra lauded Mr. Shivakumar for presenting a good budget and said that the incentives announced for Savita Samaja members was progressive.

The members would receive financial help through the Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare Department. Mr. Nagendra also welcomed the announcement of incentives for theatre artistes and wrestlers.

Many councillors wanted Mr. Shivakumar to specify the amount earmarked for the creation of ‘Mayor's Fund' which was proposed in the budget. The fund would help the Mayor sanction funds on the spot for various public works, based on petitions from citizens.

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