CM urges urban bodies to generate their own resources

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Patna, Jun 30 (UNI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today called upon the elected members of urban bodies to prepare bye laws for generating their own resources for meeting the establishment cost as the financial support given to them by the state government would not be continued perpetually.

Addressing the elected members of the urban bodies at his residence here, Mr Kumar said the Bihar government had constituted the state finance commission to recommend for distribution of the revenue among the urban bodies from the taxes collected by the state government.

'' The system would be as per the model of the National Finance Commission which recommends the share of the revenue between the Centre and the states, collected as taxes by the Centre,'' Mr Kumar said adding the Bihar government had already implemented the recommendation of the earlier state finance commission and it would also do the same once the new commission submits its recommendations to the Bihar government.

Taking note of the concern expressed by some of the members of the local bodies about the non co-operation by the concerned executive officers, the Chief Minister warned them that any laxity on their part in this connection would not be tolerated.

He, at the same time, cautioned the elected representatives to work within purview of the rules and regulation and would be given proper suggestions by the officersm, if needed.

Mr Kumar said that BPL lists in rural areas had been published at the circle level and any complaints regarding it, could be made before the sub-divisional officers. Their complaints would be investigated properly and due action would also be taken within a stipulated time frame,he added.

'' In urban areas, the works for the preparation of the BPL lists were going on and it would be completed shortly,'' Mr Kumar said and added that once the government notify the list, people belonging to BPL list would get the benefits of the various welfare schemes launched by the Centre and the state government.

Mr Kumar said despite his requests, the Centre had not increased the monthly allocation of kerosene oil to Bihar which stood at 6 crores 93 lakhs litres per month. Similarly, the state government had urged the Centre to increase the quota of power to Bihar by 300 MW, but the Centre increased only 60 MW, he lamented.

The Chief Minister advised the urban bodies' members not to equate them with MPs and MLAs as their works and jurisdiction varied. MPs frame the laws at national level while MLAs do the same at state level while urban bodies' members have jurisdiction in their respective municipal areas.


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