Provision to double councilors' fund; restart Atal Aahar Yojana: LoH
The Leader of House in the BJP-led SDMC while finalizing the civic body's annual budget on Thursday said provisions have been made to restart Atal Jan Aahar scheme and double the councilors' development fund. South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) Commissioner Gyanesh Bharati had presented revised budget estimates for 2020-21 and budget estimates for 2021-22 at the Civic Centre in Delhi in December last year.
Under the scheme, people will get thali for Rs. 15
Leader of SDMC House Narendra Chawla, leading a discussion on Thursday said, provision has been made to restart Atal Jan Aahar Yojana by remodeling the scheme launched in 2017. "People will get a thali for Rs. 15. Initially, it will be started with five in-built kitchen mobile vans in each zone and later two will be made available in each SDMC ward," Chawla stated.
Standing Committee recently rejected any hike in taxes in budget
The Standing Committee had recently rejected any hike in taxes in the budget. Seeking to augment revenue, the SDMC Commissioner in the budget had proposed a one percent education cess, while asserting that efforts will be made to bring more properties under the tax net.
Rs. 5 lakh will be allocated for installing LED lights
Chawla on Thursday said there is provision to double councilor development fund from Rs. 50 lakh to Rs. 1 crore for each ward, adding there is a provision of Rs. 50 lakh for the Deputy Chairman of each zone by creating a new head of account. "Rs. 5 lakh in each ward for installing LED lights at dark spots will be allocated," he added.
Rs. 10,000 will be given to councilors for national festivals
"There is a provision to provide Rs. 10,000 to the councilor of each ward for the celebration of national festivals like Republic Day and Independence Day, and Rs. 10,000 will be given separately on both occasions," the statement said. "Provision will be there to hike funds to celebrate festivals like Ramlila, Krishnalila, Chhath Puja from Rs. 50 lakh to Rs. 1 crore," it said.
Keeping of animals without paying animal tax has been provisioned
"There will be a provision to bring a policy to sell and supply food items through e-carts, food trucks, buses, etc, and to open food hubs on SDMC lands and parking lots," Chawla said. "To allow keeping of an animal (cow or buffalo) within the housing periphery of residents living in rural and urban villages without paying animal tax has been provisioned," he said.
Provision to place a blue board in regularized, unauthorized colonies
"Provision to mention the name of area councilor on inauguration plate/plaque with the name of MP/MLA even if work is being done from MP/MLA fund is part of it," the statement said. "And, provision is there to place a blue board in all regularized and unauthorized colonies on which house numbers, block number, ward number, etc. will be written," it added.