Pardeshi asks department heads to comply with the Public disclosure act
Four months after the state government brought into force the amendment in Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporation (BPMC) Act 1949 to make of public disclosure of all its records, Municipal Commissioner Praveensinh Pardeshi on Friday directed the department heads of the PMC to begin the disclosures against development plan, budget provisions, expenditures and revenues recovered on the website.
The decision came after RTI activist Vijay Kumbhar pointed out to the PMC that the state government had brought into force the Public Disclosure Act on December 26, 2007 and the civic body was yet to execute it. The reform of making the municipal corporation record public has been made mandatory for Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).
“All the expenditures, revenue records along with the work management system will be made public by putting it on the official website of the PMC,” Pardeshi said in a reply to Kumbhar.
According to Kumbhar, the municipal corporation has to publish through internet, newspapers and notice boards the information related to audited financial statements showing balance sheet, receipts and expenditures, and cash flow on quarterly basis within two months of the end of quarter and audited financial statement for the full quarterly basis within two months of the end of quarter and audited financial statement for the financial year.
It should also disclose statements showing each of the services provided by the corporation, particulars of all the plans proposed, details of subsidy programs on major services provided or activities performed by the corporation and criteria for identification of beneficiaries of such programs, he added.
Readers who are further interested in knowing about the Mandatory Reforms and the Optional Reforms necessary to be made by Urban Civic Bodies in order to qualify for funds from Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) can refer to: