In a meeting convened by the 4th State Finance Commission (SFC) team at the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) on Thursday, former Mayor B L Bhyrappa urged the team to take the long-pending vacancies of Group D employees in consideration while submitting its report to the government.
Bhyrappa told that the MCC had enough environment engineers and JEE, while it was facing severe staff crunch when it came to the availability of Group D employees. He urged the team to take the filling of employees on priority.
Seeking more allocation of funds to MCC, Bhyrappa pointed out that MCC was maintaining 600-800 layouts which were under the jurisdiction of MUDA. This he said had increased the financial burden on MCC.
Echoing the same sentiments, former Mayor H N Srikantaiah sought more funds for the setting up of solid waste treatment plants to scientifically treat all the waste. He also urged the team to take up housing scheme on priority pointing out that 34,000 people belonging to poor families live in rented houses in the city.
He also observed that unlike other cities with heritage tags, Mysuru hasn’t been developed much. He sought government’s special attention towards the development of Mysuru besides demanding special funds to maintain Mysuru as eco-friendly city.
Former Mayor Sandesh Swamy raised concern over differential treatment while allocating funds to ULBs. He said “Mysore is the second largest city in the state and is growing rapidly. It also enjoys the tag of the ‘cleanest city’ in the country, but the government is partial over the allocation of funds. The MCC has collected only 40 percent of taxes from the citizens and Rs 100 crore is yet to be collected. Non-availability of funds is impeding the development activities. Even funds sanctioned by the Finance Commission haven’t reached the corporation on time,” he added.
Responding to the concerns, SFC chairperson C G Chinnaswamy said that a questionnaire has been given to collect the feedback of the local bodies based on which the SFC will submit a report comprising recommendations to the government. He asked the MCC officials to submit the filled questionnaire in 15 days.
SFC members HD Amaranath and H Shashidhar, MCC Commissioner G Jagadeesh were also present.