Haryana Chief Minister has announced to enhance the financial limits in Urban Local Bodies in the State

Chandigarh : (zeeharyana.com/Sunita Sharma) Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal has announced to enhance the financial limits for according administrative approval of estimates of developments works in Urban Local Bodies in the State. Besides, he also announced to enhance the monthly minimum wages of Safai Karamcharis working in the municipalities on contract basis from Rs 8100 to Rs 11,500 or DC rate, whichever is higher.

           Mr Manohar Lal was presiding over a meeting to review the functioning of Urban Local Bodies Department here today. Finance Minister, Capt. Abhimanyu and Urban Local Bodies Minister, Mrs Kavita Jain were also present in the meeting.

          Now, in case of Municipal Corporation, the Commissioner, Municipal Corporation would have  the power to accord administrative approval to the estimates of upto Rs one crore instead of Rs 50 lakh earlier. Similarly, the Municipal Corporation would have the power to accord administrative approval to the estimates of above Rs one crore to Rs 2.50 crore instead of Rs one crore earlier.  The Director, Urban Local Bodies would have the power to accord administrative approval to the estimates costing above Rs 2.50 crore to Rs three crore instead of Rs one crore whereas, for estimates above Rs three crore, the power to accord administrative approval would rest with Administrative Secretary, Urban Local Bodies Department. Earlier, this limit was above Rs one crore.

         In case of Municipal Council, the Municipal Council would have the power to accord administrative approval to the estimates upto Rs 25 lakh instead of Rs ten lakh earlier. The Deputy Commissioner would have the power to  accord  approval to the estimates of above Rs 25 lakh to Rs one crore instead of Rs 25 lakh earlier. The Director, Urban Local Bodies would be able to accord administrative approval to the estimates costing above Rs one crore to Rs three crore instead of Rs one crore earlier and the Administrative Secretary, Urban Local Bodies would have the power to approve the estimates costing above Rs three crore instead of Rs one crore.

          In case of Municipal Committee, Municipal Committee would have the power to accord administrative approval to the estimates costing upto Rs 15 lakh instead of Rs five lakh whereas, the Deputy Commissioner would have the power  to approve estimates of above Rs 15 lakh to Rs one crore. The Director, Urban Local Bodies would have the power to approve estimates of above Rs one crore to Rs three crore instead of Rs one crore whereas, Administrative Secretary, Urban Local Bodies would have the power to approve projects of above Rs three crore instead of above Rs one crore.

          While reviewing the progress of development works, the Chief Minister directed the Urban Local Bodies Department that roads in 163 sectors of Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP) which has been transferred to the Department should be repaired well before the onset of rainy season. As many as 163 sectors of HSVP spanning across 33 towns in the State were transferred to Urban Local Bodies Department for maintenance. Funds to the tune of Rs 265.97 crore would be provided by HSVP for this purpose. He also directed the department to prepare an online module for all the Municipalities in 20 towns of the State regarding the development works to be carried out during the year on the pattern of Gram Panchayat Development Plan (GPDP) as envisaged under the e-Panchayat system.

          The Chief Minister also asked the department to evolve an online system for the installation of advertising boards in the municipal areas of the State.  On this, Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies, Mr Anand Mohan Sharan apprised the Chief Minister that a provision has been made in the Policy as per which; the hoardings would be installed only through e-tendering process.

          The Chief Minister said that concept of night sweeping in Karnal has been very successful and got tremendous response from the public. He directed the department to start night sweeping in all Municipalities across the State. He also asked the Municipalities to enhance their own source of income through land monetization and innovating funding.

          It was informed in the meeting that work of Rs 782 crore is in progress under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) Scheme in the State. It was also informed that funds to the tune of Rs 1126 crore is likely to be incurred during the Financial Year 2018-19 under the scheme.

          Among those present in the meeting included Chief Secretary, Mr D.S Dhesi, Principal Secretary, Finance Mr TVSN Prasad, Principal Secretary, Urban Local Bodies, Mr Anand Mohan Sharan, Additional Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, Dr Rakesh Gupta, Principal Secretary, Town and Country Planning, Mr Arun Kumar Gupta, Director, Urban Local Bodies, Mr Nitin Yadav and other senior officers of the Department.

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