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Monday, 19 March, 2012

Rourkela civic body okays Rs 84.51-crore Budget

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New Indian Express reports

ROURKELA: The Rs 84.51-crore budget of Rourkela Municipality for 2012-13 was finally approved on Saturday. Earlier, the Opposition councillors had boycotted the first budget session three days back, objecting to anomalies regarding expenditure figures of 2011-12.

Sources said the budget estimate for 2012-13 was approved after the BJD-led council admitted to wrong expenditure entries under certain overheads and addressed other concerns of Opposition councillors.

BJD Vice-Chairman R N Mishra said the thrust will be on completing major road works, streetlights, sanitation and other development projects.

Earlier, Congress and BJP members on Thursday had made noisy scenes as the income and expenditure statement of the budget estimates had disparities. In the absence of satisfactory reply, they boycotted the budget meeting which was deferred to Saturday.

Former municipal chairman and Congress member Ramesh Bal had accused the BJD-led council of supplying wrong information regarding expenditures. Bal claimed anomalies were detected in urban housing scheme and in urban electrification there was no mention of last year’s expenditure against fund allocation of ` 1.25 crore.

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