The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the 2012-13 budget is presented on time.

The BBMP officials are already in the process of finalising the draft budget copy and have held preliminary meetings with the various departments. The draft is expected to be ready by this month-end and will be sent to the Standing Committee for Taxation and Finance soon after.

Highly placed sources told The Hindu that the State Government had expressed objections when the BBMP presented the 2011-12 budget for Rs. 9,830 crore nearly six months late. The gargantuan budget was presented on August 18 and approved by the BBMP council on September 3. It was sent to the Government for approval only on September 28.

As per section 170 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act, 1976, the civic authority is to present the budget three weeks before the new financial year commences. The whole process, including Government approval, should be completed before March 31.

While according approval to the 2011-12 budget, the State Government had directed the civic body to ensure that the next budget is presented on time and is “realistic.”

BBMP officials said that efforts were on to present a more realistic budget this time around. “Some of the proposals are beyond the BBMP's purview. For example, Akrama-Sakrama was included in both the 2010-11 and 2011-12 budget. However, the BBMP could not meet the revenue target as the Akrama-Sakrama Bill is pending due to the public interest litigation filed in the High Court regarding the same,” said sources.

The officials added that though the draft will be ready and sent to the Standing Committee for Taxation and Finance by this month-end, there was no telling when the Ruling Party in the BBMP council (BJP) would present the budget.

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