From Kudumbashree activists to representatives of residents associations, NGOs, Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry (and other trade organizations, who are generally present during the budget presentation and discussion, everyone its seems had better things to do.
“Before presenting the budget, ideally, the corporation should do a financial review and prepare a status report of projects announced in the previous budget. But, now, such a practice is not followed and the budget has become a ritualistic affair. Corporation authorities draft proposals only three to four days before the presentation and do not take into consideration what the city really needs,” said D Dhanuraj, chairman, Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR), Kochi.
Rangadasa Prabhu, president, Ernakulam District Residents Association Apex Council, said, “We are not happy with the budget proposals for the next fiscal. It’s only a continuation of the previous one. We have been demanding the supply of subsidized biogas plants under the decentralized waste management project. But the corporation has failed to do so. The budget is full of false promises.” Many prominent citizens of the city also didn’t take the budget proposals seriously. E P George, chairman, Kerala Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), said, “The projects announced in the budget should not remain on paper. There should be a scrutiny of projects implemented before coming up with new ones.”
Meanwhile, in his speech on the budget, mayor Tony Chammany, said that GIZ, a German agency, would give technical advice for setting up two sewage waste management plants in the city.
Opposition councillors wanted the health hygiene force, a proposal in the budget for eradicating mosquitoes, to be deployed based on the size of each division.