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Mumbai: MCGM’s budgetary allocations & challenges within.

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Shashwat Mishra, Mumbai Uncensored, 1st January 2022:

With the advent of the Ease of Living Index (EOL) rankings released by NITI AYOG, Urban Governance and the responsibility of various municipalities across cities are kept in check. A municipal corporation of a city is the authority of the first instance, responsible for the development of that city. This article focuses on Mumbai, focal point of the article is budgetary allocation in the city of Mumbai. This article is based on the Urban governance report released by Praja Foundation, a non-partisan organization working towards enabling accountable governance since 1997 based out of Mumbai, Maharashtra.

The report covered several parameters which cumulatively decide the state of urban governance. However, municipal finance is a section of the report which adequately covers the budgetary allocation in the city. The report concluded that 50% of the participants believed that the budget allocated was adequate, however, 44% felt that the budget allocated was underutilized. The underutilization has been linked to two main factors, project delays and difficulty in procuring licenses. The two issues raised by councilors and MLAs in Mumbai are corruption & outsourcing work to contractors who eventually fail to deliver it within the deadline.

An official from Mumbai pointed out that, “Budget is sufficient but utilization doesn’t happen.” On the other hand, one of the MLAs opined that “MCGM has good money, but have been spoiling it by putting it into wrong projects, it has been giving it to contractors who are doing a bad job. Every head in the MCGM is corrupt. Knowing this we should change the guidelines, change the contractor’s law to get better work done.” The next aspect of this issue is budgetary control, as in who has control over the budget. On this issue there are two countering opinions, councillors believe that, although the budget is prepared by the commissioner but they had the opportunity to participate in the budget-making process. The executive on the other hand points out that, budget is prepared by the local assembly which is then scrutinized by the standing committee.

 The finalization of the budget is based on the will of the executive or the political dispensation, and hence, such factors often supersede what the local administration has in mind. This is the reason why the councilors in Mumbai feel that the corporation should have more control over the budget whereas MLAs believe that the state government should have control over the budgetary spending. “Local body should be given the independence to work according to their way.” says the Councillor, Mumbai. Whereas, MLAs point out that, “State control on the corporation is necessary. For eg: If 25 Lakhs is spent on road construction and the state is involved in the audit, it will promote transparency and reduce chances of corruption.” There needs to be mutual coordination between the two stakeholders, the corporation and the executive. A specialized agency that would handle budgetary allocation may be a solution, but again it depends on whether the two stakeholders are on the same page or not. Governance will improve with participation and mutual working at every level.

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क्या ईडी के सामने नहीं पेश होंगे संजय राउत?

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Nazneen Yakub – Mumbai Uncensored, 28th June 2022

प्रर्वतन निदेशालय (ED)ने  शिवसेना के सांसद संजय राउत को तलब किया है। ईडी ने मुंबई के गोरेगांव में एक चॉल के पुनर्विकास प्रोजेक्ट में अनियमितता से जुड़े मामले को लेकर तलब जारी किया है। जिसको लेकर आज 28 जून को पेशी होनी थी। लेकिन संजय राउत ईडी के सामने पेश नहीं हुए हैं। 

संजय राउत ने अपने वकील के जरिए  ईडी से किसी और दिन पेश होने का समय मांगा है। वहीं मुंबई के मुंख्यमंत्री उद्धव ठाकरे ने कैबिनेट की अहम बैठक बुलाई है। 

बता दें कि ईडी द्वारा इस कार्यवाही को लेकर संजय राउत ने अपने सोशल मीडिया अकाउंट पर ट्वीट शेयर किया है कि अभी पता चला है कि ईडी ने मुझे तलब किया है, बहुत अच्छे महाराष्ट्र में बड़ा राजनीतिक घटनाक्रम हो रहा है। हम, बालासाहेब के शिवसैनिक, बड़ी लड़ाई लड़ रहे हैं। यह मुझे रोकने की साजि़श है। भले ही आप मेरा सिर काट दें, मैं गुवाहाटी का मार्ग नहीं लूंगा, मुझे गिरफ्तार कीजिए। जय हिंद। 

आपको बता दें कि ईडी ने अप्रैल में संजय राउत की अलीबाग की जमीन और दादर का फ्लैट कुर्क करने का नोटिस दिया था। अब ईडी गोरेगांव में पतरा चॉल पुनर्वसन प्रोजेक्ट में बिल्डर ने अनियमिमता कर 1,039 करोड़ कमाए और उसी पैसे में से 55 लाख रुपए गुरू आशीष कंपनी के डारेक्टर प्रवीण राउत ने संजय राउत की पत्नी को दिए थे जिससे संपत्ति खरीदी गई थी। इसी मामले को लेकर ईडी संजय राउत से पूछताछ करेंगी।

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Draupadi Murmu joins Chirag Paswan, LJPR chief announces support

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Kamaljeet Singh – Mumbai Uncensored, 23th June 2022

The BJP-led NDA has fielded former Jharkhand governor Draupadi Murmu as its candidate for the presidential election. 

With the announcement of his candidature, he has also started getting support from outside parties. LJPR Chief Chirag Paswan has also announced his support for him. He tweeted, “LJP (Ram Vilas) fully supports this decision of BJP.”

Chirag Paswan wrote on his Twitter handle, “Despite coming from tribal society, the position that Mrs. Draupadi Murmu ji has achieved today is the result of her ability and struggle. 

The claim for the highest position of the country from the deprived section of the society is inspiring for crores of Indians. It is a matter of pride for us that Smt. Draupadi Murmu ji has been made the Presidential candidate by NDA. 

This would be the first time in the country, when a daughter coming from a tribal society would assume the responsibility of the highest post of the country. LJP (Ram Vilas) fully supports this decision of BJP.”

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एकनाथ शिंदे यांचे बंड, महाविकास आघाडीमध्ये पेचप्रसंग?

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Kalyani Gilbile – Mumbai Uncensored, 22th June 2022

राज्यसभा निवडणुकीच्या अपयशातून सावरतोय तेवढ्यात ‘’आपण महाविकास आघाडीतून बाहेर पडून भाजपसोबत युती करावी आणि राज्यात नवे सरकार स्थापन करावे’’ असा प्रस्ताव शिवसेनेचे नेते नगरविकासमंत्री एकनाथ शिंदे यांनी मुख्यमंत्री उध्दव ठाकरे यांच्यासमोर ठेवून काल २२जून रोजी 40 आमदारांसह सूरतेची वाट धरत बंड पुकारले.

समर्थक आमदारांसह शिंदे यांनी केलेल्या बंडामुळे शिवसेना पूर्णपणे चक्रव्यूहात अडकली असून महाविकास आघाडीमध्ये मोठा पेचप्रसंग उभा राहिला आहे. उध्दव ठाकरे यांच्या हातात पक्षाची धुरा असताना शिवसेनेतील हे पहिले बंड आहे. म्हणून गटनेतेपदावरून एकनाथ शिंदेची हकालपट्टी करताना दुसऱ्याबाजूने मात्र शिवसेनेतून त्यांची मनधरणी होत आहे. 

मला कोणत्याही मंत्रीपदाची आशा नाही. मात्र हिंदुत्वाचा पुरस्कार करणाऱ्या शिवसेनेने काँग्रेस आणि राष्ट्रवादी काँग्रेस यांची साथ सोडून भाजपसोबत सरकार स्थापन करावे, असे ठाकरे यांच्याशी संवादात सांगितल्याचे समजते. 

आमदारांच्या नाराजीची सुरुवात राष्ट्रवादीकडे अर्थ आणि गृह मंत्रालय गेल्यापासूनच झाली होती, शिवसेनेच्या अनेक आमदारांना निधी मिळत नव्हता. त्यामुळे शिवसैनिक खूप नाराज होते. निधी मिळत नसल्याची तक्रार अनेक आमदार मुख्यमंत्री उध्दव ठाकरेंकडे करायचे. त्यावर मी शरद पवारांशी बोलतो, असं उत्तर मुख्यमंत्री द्यायचे. मात्र त्यापुढे काहीच व्हायचं नाही. संपूर्ण सरकारच शरद पवार चालवणार असतील, तर मग आपण या सरकारमध्ये का आहोत, अशी भावना सेनेच्या आमदारांच्या मनात निर्माण झाली आणि हळूहळू ती अधिक प्रबळ होत गेली. त्याचीच परिणीती एकनाथ शिंदे यांच्या बंडात झाली.

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