The special general body meeting of the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) convened on Monday to discuss financial status of the civic body post abolition of the local body tax (LBT) was a stormy affair. The opposition demanded audit reports and balance sheets of the civic body for the last seven years.
“There has been no audit conducted and no balance sheets have been prepared for the last seven years in this civic body. Most of the corporators who have entered the House now are new and are not aware of what financial allocations and transactions were made by their predecessors,” leader of opposition Vijay Choughule said.
The leader added that though the state government has abolished LBT, alternative provisions have been made. He also blamed the civic officials for not giving booklets to the corporators for better understanding of the financial situation before calling the meet. “How much follow-up have our officials done with the state government to get the funds released? The administration should have handed over the booklets to us which provides us with the information of financial situation of the civic body well in advance before this scheduled meeting. They should have given us time to study the same. How do you expect corporators to speak on the subject without knowing the facts and figures,” he questioned.
Meanwhile, while pacifying the members mayor Sudhakar Sonawane asked the opposition to first listen to the presentation, which will be made by administration and then raise queries.
In fact Choughule demanded certified copies of the audit report. Dhanraj Garad, chief accounts and finance officer (CAFO) of NMMC, said, “The civic body has completed audit till 2009-10 and process to complete audit process of 2013-14 is underway. We are completing the process for every year.”