Govt pushing GHMC into financial crisis: RTI activist

THE HANS INDIA |   Sep 14,2017 , 04:52 AM IST


Hyderabad: The State government is pushing the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) into deep financial crisis by not releasing the funds allotted in successive budgets. Funds totalling Rs 632 crore have been withheld by the State government.

According to the information gathered through Right to Information (RTI) Act by the CPI (M) city unit, the government had so far released a mere Rs 40 crore under Stamps Duty though as much as Rs 240 crore was to have been given to the  GHMC under this head. The government did not even release a single rupee under budgetary provision which include profession tax, motor vehicle tax, property tax on government buildings and entertainment tax.

According to budgetary provision the government should have released Rs 41.25 crore under profession tax, Rs 0.50 crore under motor vehicle tax, Rs 24.20 crore under property tax on government buildings and Rs 34.25 crore under entertainment tax. The 14th Finance Commission grants worth Rs 279.63 are also not released during the financial year 2016-17.

CPI(M) city secretary M Srinivas said the government has been “looting the civic body,” but not releasing the budgetary allocations. He said for the first time in the history of GHMC the government has withheld the funds for three consecutive financial years. He said the funds totalling Rs 632 crore are pending with government.  

The CPI (M) leader further said during the last year the government had transferred Rs 270 crore from GHMC budget to city RTC. Besides this, the government had also asked the civic body to pay 15 per cent of its property tax collected to Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board.  If this trend continued, the GHMC would not be able to take up any development activities in the city.

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