Corporators belonging to Jagan group stage a walkout
Amid protests by the Opposition and walk-out by the breakaway Jagan group corporators, Standing Committee Chairman and Mayor Pulusu Janardhana Rao presented an ambitious budget projecting a revenue of Rs.2,116.48 crores and expenditure of Rs.1997.88 crores for 2011-12 and revised budget estimates for 2010-11.
As the meeting began, TDP, CPI(M) and the breakaway group wanted the Mayor to first tell them whether the budget was prepared on the basis of old property tax receipts or the hiked one. TDP floor leader Ch.V. Pattabhiram said without actually assessing the revenue from the tax, the budget lacked basis and reminded the Mayor of his ruling that those who felt burdened need not pay the tax. He wanted a special meeting to be convened to thrash out the issue and the budget presentation postponed till such time. Speaking on behalf of the Jagan group, G.V. Ravi Raju said the tax issue had to be settled because of the burden imposed on people. Ch. Potaraju, also of the Jagan group, said the estimates lacked clarity and announced a walkout. The two, K. Hanoku, ASN Raju, T. Nagi Reddy, Vurukuti Appa Rao, K. Susila and K. Appa Rao walked out raising slogans of ‘Jai Jagan.' Following the intervention of Deputy Mayor K. Dorabbai, the Mayor announced holding a meeting tentatively on January 19 on the tax issue paving way for the budget presentation.
On the highlights of the budget, the Mayor said following norms, 40 per cent of funds were earmarked for localities in which poorer sections lived, only realisable income was shown and allocations for basic amenities and salaries, pensions and other maintenance expenses were made under the heads concerned.