Issue of misuse of funds under NURM raised in BBMP meeting

Issue of misuse of funds under NURM raised in BBMP meeting

Submitted by Rashmi on Tue, 2016-05-31 23:32 Bengaluru: The BBMP is looking at handing over the case of misuse of funds under National Rural Urban Mission to the CID, said Mayor Manjunath Reddy at a council meeting on Tuesday.Using the provision of Detail Contingency (DC) bill, funds received under the NRUM were allegedly misused to purchase chairs and other materials rather than spending on health issues such as treatment of dog bites, medicine and others. With the help of a DC bill, an amount below Rs1 lakh can be spent without calling for tender.“The issue has already been forwarded to the BBMP’s technical vigilance committee for conducting a probe. If required, we will refer it to the CID,” said the mayor adding that the Chief Health Officer and Deputy Health Officer had a joint account but had not provided transaction details, creating doubt.MLA Munirathna Naidu, Rajarajeshwari constituency, also attacked BBMP health department. The MLA said the constituency was being billed Rs17 lakh over solid waste management when garbage was being set on fire every day in RR Nagar. “Official say that the amount has been spent on pourakarmika workers and cite a figure of 60 members. In reality, there are less than 30 workers. The pourakarmikas set fire to tonnes of garbage and it is not going to the SWM centers,” said Munirathna Naidu.Nitish Purushotham, Corporator of Garudacharpalya ward, appealed to the mayor to speed up asphalting work. Lamenting over the slow progresss, Prurushotham said a stretch of 2.13km was taken up for asphalting three years ago and Rs46 crores had been spent on the work so far. “But there has been no progress which has made public unhappy,” said the corporator.In his reply, chief engineer KT Nagaraj said the BWSSB has dug up the newly laid road a year ago for laying new sewage and water-pipes, resulting in extra costs. But he assured that the asphalting work would be finished soon.On the advertisement scam, Hari Shilpa, Assistant Commissioner, Advertisement, said there were 4,697 unauthorised hoardings in the city. The official said the BBMP was close to developing its own software to identify illegal hoardings. “There are over 40 agencies that have violated the guidelines and a fine of Rs17 crore has been imposed. So far, we have been able to collect only Rs10 lakh,” said Shilpa.