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GHMC rules amended

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The Hindu      15.09.2017

GHMC rules amended

10 civil society members to be nominated to the area sabhas

The State government has, on Thursday, issued orders amending the GHMC Rules, 2010, pertaining to the constitution, conduct of meetings, powers and functions of ward committees and area sabhas, in a bid to strengthen the area sabhas.

As per the orders, 10 civil society members would be nominated to the area sabhas apart from the representative, five of whom should be woman voters from the ward. President or secretary of registered resident welfare association of the area, president or secretary of the slum-level federation of a slum from the area, or in absence of such federation, representative from the senior self-help group in the area, member of registered association or institution, body, organisation, mahila mandali, trade union or chamber of commerce, and self-employed person such as auto driver, hamali, street vendor, carpenter, electrician or plumber should be among the members.

 

Tough choices ahead for Corporation

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The Hindu       10.08.2017 

Tough choices ahead for Corporation

Road works stalled as contractors protest over GST charges

The city Corporation is left with some hard choices to bring an end to the tender boycott by its contractors after the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) which has stalled road works in the city. It could either revise the estimates by cutting down on the volume of work, thus earning the displeasure of the councillors or bear the extra costs from its own funds, at a time when it is reeling from loss of entertainment revenues.

The Mayor has called for a meeting with representatives of the six contractors’ unions in the city Corporation to bring an amicable settlement to the issue. Officials from the Taxes Department will also participate to communicate with the contractors.

Last month, all the contractors unions decided to boycott the tender process for works to be carried out in the city roads, citing the increase in their financial burden after the implementation of GST. Earlier, the tax for civil works were fixed at 6%, including Value Added Tax (VAT) of 4%, welfare fund contribution of 1% and income tax of 1%. Post- GST, this tax component has increased to 18%.

Thin margin

“Already, we were having only a thin margin of profits for works taken up in the Corporation. The GST has come as a huge blow. We decided to stay away from the tender process as there was no point in it, if we are not getting any profits from this. The issue can be solved if the Corporation is ready to bear the extra burden,” says contractor Anil.

Though the Corporation officials are hinting at a reduction of the tax to 12% by the GST council, no official decision has been communicated yet.

“By the time GST was implemented, we had got the technical sanctions and began the tender process. Only, VAT was considered in these estimates. Now, revising the estimates is not practical. The councillors will not agree to the cutting down of the already estimated works. The State Government has to take a decision on whether we can revise the estimates or make it up from our own funds. More clarity will be there after the government publishes a revenue note regarding this,” said the Corporation Mayor V.K.Prasanth.

Meanwhile, contractors who are not part of any of the six unions, bid successfully for the tenders of few works in the Kazhakuttam zone. The unions are seeing this as an attempt by the local body to defeat their tender boycott.


  • Mayor has called for a meeting with six contractors’ unions
  • Other contractors bid successfully for tenders in Kazhakuttam zone
 

BBMP to finally digitise employee records

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The Hindu          07.07.2017  

BBMP to finally digitise employee records

How many Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) officials got promoted/transferred/suspended last year? It seems even the civic body does not know.

While employee names and payment records were centralised a while ago, details on employee transfers and promotions continue to be maintained separately in each zone by the respective drawing and disbursing officers. For citizens, this becomes evident while trying to contact officials based on the information provided on the BBMP website. Many officials would have been transferred or retired but this information is rarely updated.

BBMP has finally woken up to this lacunae and has decided to bring in computerisation of all employee records. “Sometimes, we do not get to know if an officer has been transferred or promoted as there was no information coming to the head office,” said V. Manjunath, an official working for the BBMP Establishment and Administrative Reforms Standing Committee, who is part of the digitisation programme.

According to G.R. Harishilpa, Assistant Commissioner (Administration), the software for centralisation of records is ready and officials are waiting for approval from the Finance Department to start the system in a month or so. As the records of 9,000 employees will need to be entered, she expects that the system will be running in another three to four months.

“Currently, employee service registrars are being handled by the 140 drawing and disbursing officers working under BBMP, and there is a delay in updating records,” she said.

The database will also include permanent pourakarmikas employed directly by the civic body.

 
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