Residents’ welfare body demands scrapping of ward development fund
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.