More Power To Haryana ULBs To Speed Up Development Works
The Haryana government has been making quick progress in the development works across the state. To accelerate these works further, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar recently tweaked the powers of the corporation that would aid developmental work undertaken by it. The chief minister was reviewing the progress across the state.
Here are some of the decisions that were taken during the review meeting:
More power: In the meeting, it was announced that the municipal council would now be able to approve estimates up to Rs 25 lakh instead of Rs 10 lakh earlier. The deputy commissioner of a district could give approval to projects with estimates of Rs 25 lakh up to Rs 1 crore. It was also announced that the commissioner of municipal corporation could now approve estimates of up to Rs 1 crore. This number was earlier capped to Rs 50 lakh. However, the municipal corporation could approve estimates of Rs 1 crore to Rs 2.50 crore, as compared to Rs 1 crore earlier.
The estimate approvals for the directors of urban local bodies have also increased from the earlier Rs 1 crore to Rs 2.50 crore to Rs 3 crore, while for estimates above Rs 3 crore, it will be the administrative secretary of the ULBs who can give approvals.
This move will help accelerate the small development works that are important yet held back due to various approval delays.
Better pay-outs: In order to ensure that the state maintains its status of being an Open-Defecation-Free (ODF) state in rural areas and achieves the same in the urban areas, Khattar announced that the monthly minimum wages of contractual sanitation workers in the municipalities should be increased from Rs 8,100 to Rs 11,500. This will help motivate the workers and work towards the common goal of remaining an ODF state.
E-tendering for advertisements: In order to better market its various projects the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government has also announced that an online system will be set up to invite tenders for the installation of advertisement hoardings across municipal areas. E-tendering will make the process transparent and help choose the right provider easily.
With inputs from Housing News