Amount to be raised by Rs.1,000
The government has decided to increase the honorarium of elected representatives of local bodies by Rs.1,000, Finance Minister K.M. Mani said in his budget speech. The government has also decided to allocate Rs.4,000 crore to the local bodies during the coming financial year, which is 23.9 per cent more than the allocation made during the current fiscal.
Local bodies would be provided a sum of Rs.5.5 crore to improve the conditions of slaughter houses in villages. To improve the functioning of village panchayats, ten panchayats from each of the districts would be selected for getting ISO certification, he said. The Erattupetta panchayat would be upgraded to the level of municipality.