Rs 406.4m Hyderabad city budget presented
HYDERABAD, July 09 2006: Hyderabad Taluka City Nazim Javed Jabbar presented Rs 406.4 million budget for 2006-07 during the special session presided over by convener Shabbar Chusti at the Jinnah Hall here on July 08. In the budget, the mobile phone companies have been brought in the tax net for installation of towers. The budget estimates showed that Rs 406.4 million would be the expected income of the Taluka city while no new tax had been imposed. In his budget speech, the Nazim said that the budget had been made keeping in view the needs of the people and no new tax was imposed while income of mobile phone companies towers was estimated at Rs 1.8 million and Rs 15 million were collected from various departments in term of road cutting charges.
He said all-out efforts have been made to present a balanced budget for providing maximum relief to the masses and huge funds have been allocated for the development works in union councils. Javed said funds have also been allocated for councilors elected on reserved seats, including women, labourers, peasants and minority, adding special incentive package would be given to the employees of the Taluka City Council.
He said Rs 0.6 million has been allocated for educational purpose of employees, Rs 3.5 million for purchase of uniform and motorbikes, Rs 2 million for loans, Rs 0.5 million for family of employees died during duty, over Rs 250 million for salaries, Rs 0.2 million for welfare purposes, Rs 0.5 million for Hajj and Rs 0.1 million for good performance. He said sanitation is the biggest problem of the Hyderabad city, therefore, about 150 sanitary workers have been appointed on contract basis, besides a Task Force has been formed under Naib-Nazims to solve major problem.
The Nazim said only source of income for Taluka City is contracts and property rents, adding all the contracts have been awarded transparently before July 1 and expected income from this sector would be Rs 10 million. He said four high mask towers have already been installed to improve light system in the city, adding over Rs 70 million has been earmarked for development purposes. He said that Rs 12.5 million has been earmarked for construction and repair of lanes, Rs 10 million for sanitation, Rs 5 million for grid cross, Rs 1.5 million for parks renovation, Rs 1 million for Eidgah, Rs 0.5 million for repair of graveyards, Rs 0.2 million for renovation of Qila ground, Rs 0.8 million for repair and maintenance of minority colony and Rs 4 million for purchase of lights. Later, the chair adjourned the session till July 12.
Source: The News