Res­i­dents’ wel­fare body de­mands scrap­ping of ward devel­op­ment fund

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CHANDIGARH: The mem­bers of Chandigarh Res­i­dents So­cial Wel­fare Fed­er­a­tion has de­manded scarp­ing of ward devel­op­ment fund of the coun­cil­lors of mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion Chandigarh.

Ever since the in­tro­duc­tion of MPLADS in 1993, fol­lowed by MLAs and coun­cil­lors of cor­po­ra­tions for ward devel­op­ment fund, it re­mained in dol­drums. The ob­jec­tive be­hind the scheme was to en­sure that coun­cil­lors in the case of mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion would not have to de­pend on the au­thor­i­ties for devel­op­ment of their ward.

DS Cha­hal, pres­i­dent and SK Khosla, sec­re­tary of the Chandigarh Res­i­dents So­cial Wel­fare Fed­er­a­tion in a state­ment said that un­der such an en­vi­able po­si­tion, the de­mand by coun­cil­lors of mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion Chandigarh rec­om­mend­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion to raise their fund from Rs 40 lakh to Rs 1 crore is highly ir­ra­tional.

Some of the coun­cil­lors have not spent a sin­gle penny out of their al­lot­ted fund of Rs 40 lakh.

Un­der such cir­cum­stances, the scheme needs to be scrapped al­to­gether so that crores of ru­pees in five years could be utilised for ac­tual devel­op­ment pur­poses on the ba­sis of var­i­ous heads al­lo­cated out of the an­nual bud­get of the cor­po­ra­tion.

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