SHILLONG | March 15, 2019:

The Executive Committee of the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) today decided to table the full budget for the year 2019-2020 during the upcoming budget session of the Council which is scheduled to begin from March 25.

“We have decided to table the full budget in the upcoming budget session,” KHADC CEM Teinwell Dkhar told media person after the Executive Committee meeting today.

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He said that this not that the first time that the Council is tabling the full budget during the budget session adding that they have done the same even last year.

It may be mentioned that the Council normally passes the vote on account for April to June and then table the full budget during the Council Summer Session in June.

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Meanwhile, Executive Member in-charge Finance, Pyniaid Sing Syiem said that the amount of Rs 111 crore which was earmarked by the Centre to the three Autonomous District Councils would be reflected in the budget.

“Out of the total amount, Rs 52 crore has been earmarked for the KHADC by the Centre,” he said.

Meanwhile, the KHADC CEM said that there is no plan, at the moment, to request the State Government to depute an MCS officer for the post of the secretary of the Council.

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Earlier, Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma had told the Assembly that they had decided to depute an MCS to hold the post of the secretary of the GHADC after receiving a request from the Council. Sangma, however, insisted that the Government would depute an MCS officer only if the other two Councils (KHADC and JHADC) make such request in writing.

“The Government would not like to disturb the autonomy of the Council,” the Chief Minister had stated.

The KHADC CEM, however, insisted that the new Executive Committee is committed to streamline the overall functioning of the Council.

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“We would be revamping the functioning of the Council under the able-leadership of the existing officers of the Council. We have not yet discussed seeking the service of an MCS officer from the State Government,” EM in-charge Finance said.

He said that the priority list of the new EC is to pluck the leakages on the revenue collection of the Council. “We will like to see that there is a huge jump in the revenue generation of the State in the next fiscal year,” Syiem said.



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