OP­PO­SI­TION AC­CUSES NMMC SEC­RE­TARY OF BY­PASS­ING MAYOR

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The op­po­si­tion on Fri­day ob­jected to the man­ner of pre­sen­ta­tion of the NMMC Bud­get 2016 in the gen­eral body meet­ing, al­leg­ing that no se­crecy had been main­tained.

It once again tar­geted NMMC sec­re­tary Chi­tra Baviskar, claim­ing she had by­passed the mayor and vi­o­lated the BPMC Act.

The civic bud­get that was ap­proved by the stand­ing com­mit­tee was pre­sented in the gen­eral body on Thurs­day. Fri­day was the first of the two- day spe­cial ses­sion to dis­cuss the bud­get.

Op­po­si­tion l eader Vi­jay Chougule raised the is­sue, say­ing: “There is a pro­to­col and process that needs to be fol­lowed while pre­sent­ing the bud­get which is an im­por­tant doc­u­ment not meant for pub­lic do­main un­til it is fi­nally ap­proved.”

He added, “The copy of the bud­get had not been given to the mayor, but the mem­bers of the house man­aged to get it seven days ago. In fact, even some me­dia per­son­nel had it.”

Chougule said, “This is clear vi­o­la­tion of the BPMC Act and the rules spec­i­fied. The bud­get should first have been given to the mayor and then to the mem­bers in the house. The ad­min­is­tra­tion has failed in its duty.”

Blam­ing Baviskar for the vi­o­la­tion, Chougule said, “We have re­peat­edly raised ques­tions on her con­duct and ca­pa­bil­ity. This is fur­ther proof of her ac­tions that are not proper. There is a need for im­me­di­ate ac­tion on the is­sue.”

Re­spond­ing to the ob­jec­tion, mayor Sud­hakar Son­awane said, “We will have an in­quiry into the is­sue to find out why this has hap­pened. Ac­tion will be taken ac­cord­ingly.”

He added, “Hence­forth, the bud­get should first be pre­sented to the mayor and only then should the mem­bers get it.”

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