Tribune News Service
Amritsar, June 15
A local RTI activist has accused officials of the Municipal Corporation of not being serious in fulfilling their revenue targets and using illegal means to benefit people from whom, thereafter, recovery is made.
Interacting with the media here today, activist Suresh Kumar Sharma said, “Based on an answer to an RTI query, the MC departments have not been able to touch 50 per cent mark of what their targets were during the past four years.”
He alleged that as MC officials failed to achieve their targets, there was a loss of Rs 168 crore in the income of the Municipal Corporation during the past four years. Sharma said all departments of the MC had a target to recover Rs 108 crore in 2013-14, but they collected merely Rs 62 crore. The target for 2014-15 stood at Rs 115 crore, but the recovery made was of Rs 58 crore. In 2015-16, the MC had a target to collect Rs 100 crore, but it managed to collect only Rs 53 crore. In 2016-17, the MC collected only 73 crore, instead of targeted Rs 91 crore.
Sharma said the government should get an enquiry conducted to know about the reasons of shortfall in meeting the targets. “The amount recovered witnessed a downfall for three years, but it suddenly picked up this year,” he said, demanding that the government should indentify officials who had made unjustified gains for themselves at the cost of the civic body.
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