MUSSOORIE, March 7
The non-profit organization, Keeping the Environment Ecologically Natural (KEEN) involved in collecting waste disposal from six wards in the town was given a extension for the period of three years, during the Municipal board meeting held at board auditorium, on Wednesday. It was also decided to extend services of KEEN to two more wards in the town.
The Municipal Board also tabled its estimated amended budget 2017-18 showing profit of around three crores.
However, some ward members aired their unhappiness at accounting of the budget till the month of September and said that the remaining month should also have been included in the budget as it would have given a clearer picture about the income and expenditure of the Board. The president Manmohan Singh Mall accepting the demand of the members said that the complete budget would be presented in next special meeting of the board.
The ward members namely Vinod Semwal, Ramesh Bhandari, Jasvir Kaur etc were livid at only 30 percent being recovered from the town as taxes and took the employees to task for not making concerted efforts in collecting tax from the town.
The ward members said that employees have not been able to recover taxes amounting to Rs 7 crores so far which was really unfortunate. The president Manmohan Singh Mall Lambasted the tax employees for their lackadaisical approach and directed them to speed up the recovery work and try to achieve 80% percent without before March final. He said that the recovery challans should be served to those units erring in tax payment.
Manmohan Singh Mall said that service charges worth couple of crores were still pending on government organisations such as ITBP, Survey of India etc and efforts should be made to recover them too. The MC executive officer ML Shah, health officer Dr RK Singh, Executive engineer RS Bisht, ward members Shivani Baharti, Beena Panwar, Kuldeep Rawat, Rami Devi,Viendar Panwar and others were present on the occasion.