In 2021-2022, NMC spent Rs4.31cr on fees, health of 156 corporations | Nagpur News

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Nagpur: The cash-strapped Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has exhausted the budget provision of Rs50 lakh to pay medical bills submitted by its 156 corporations.
In the last financial year, NMC spent about Rs 4.31 crore on corporators. Considering the total expenses of the outgoing 156 corporators, the average monthly expenses of each corporator amount to more than 22,670 rupees, more than their monthly fee of 20,000 rupees.
There are 151 elected and five appointed corporators in the NMC and each receives a monthly fee of Rs20,000, in addition to a fee of Rs100 for attending each general meeting.
In last year’s budget, NMC had set aside Rs50 lakh to cover corporators’ medical expenses, including medicine and hospitalization. “The budget provision of Rs 50 lakh is almost complete. A total of Rs49 lakh has been spent so far. Besides, several caporators’ medical bills are pending with the city government for reimbursement,” a source told NMC.
Sources said that in 2017-18 and 2018-19, the budget allocation for the medical treatment of caporators was around Rs30 lakh per year. However, it was increased by Rs10 lakh and allocated Rs40 lakh in 2019-20. After the Covid-19 pandemic, it was increased to Rs50 lakh per year in 2020-21 and 2021-22.
Based on the total medical expenses claimed by practicing corporators so far, NMC has spent Rs 1.35 crore on the medical treatment of corporators over the past five years. However, the civic body has long covered medical expenses for corporators, including hospitalization and reimbursement for regular drug bills.
According to details obtained from the NMC General Administration Department and Secretariat, NMC’s mandatory monthly expenses for elected officials were Rs 6 lakh, including vehicles and diesel for Mayor, Deputy Mayor, zone, permanent, transport, fiscal and health presidents. , leader of the ruling party, leader of the opposition, etc.
In addition to this, NMC used to provide funds for tea and snacks in the offices of the mayor, deputy mayor, chairmen of standing committees, chairman of transport committee, leader of the ruling party, from the leader of the opposition, the leader of the BSP party, the party leaders of the NCP and Shiv Sena, and chairpersons of various advisory committees, which amounts to around Rs4 lakh.
Considering vehicles, diesel, tea snacks and medical bills, NMC had spent around Rs 26.07 crore on business in the past five years (2017 to 2022).
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156 —- Corporators (including five appointed corporators)
Rs 20000—-monthly fees for 156 corporations
Rs 10 lakh—monthly vehicles and other miscellaneous expenses
Rs 1.35 crore—-reimbursement of medical expenses by corporators in 5 years

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