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ONCE AGAIN, BMC SKIPS CITIZENS’ SAY IN BUDGET PLANNING

BMCBudget-3For the fourth consecutive year, attempts to make the BMC’s mammoth budget a participative exercise have been crushed. A day after civic officials presented to the civic Standing Committee budget estimates for 2008-09 with outlays totalling Rs 16,792 crore, officials admitted that while in the process of making budgetary allocations, a proposal for a budget that would reflect citizens’ needs was placed before the leaders of different political parties. But the leaders of all political parties turned down the proposal, fearing that giving citizens a direct say in budget-making would dilute their own powers.

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