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Other parameters also indicate improvement in the economic health of the corporation. The salary bill which accounted for 79.7 per cent of the total income of the corporation in the year 2000-01 declined to 37.87 per cent. An ideal budget should not allow the salary bill beyond 30 per cent. The Municipal Commissioner, K. Venkatrami Reddy, said if every thing went well by next year the salary bill would fall below 30 per cent. A lot of efforts had gone into reviving the economic health of the civic body besides the unexpected monies from the merger of Kallur with the corporation and sanctioning of DFID project for the city. During the current year, the DFID project was going to pump over Rs 7 crores into the coffers of the corporation.
The salary bill remained at Rs 65 lakhs per month in the past few years but the burden was lessened following substantial rise in the income of the corporation. The corporation resorted to the policy of "outsourcing'' (an euphemism for privatisation) to keep under the burden of wages under tab. The job of accounting, computerisation of records and sanitation was privatised to a great extent. It had engaged 150 DWCWA workers by paying 1.68 lakh per month. On the other hand, the corporation paid Rs 35 lakhs as wages to 433 sanitation workers and officers.
According to an estimate, the total cost would work out at Rs 5.04 lakhs if outsourcing was done for sanitation. While the corporation was operating six own vehicles for transporting garbage, it hired 11 tractors to supplement the fleet. In future, the corporation was planning to pay to transporters for the sorties made. The practice in Hyderabad Corporation was giving good result with the transporter making conscious efforts to make more number of sorties generating more garbage.
The corporation incurred an expenditure of Rs 43 lakhs on water supply while the revenue collected from tap owners did not cross one-fourth of the total expenditure. The corporation would be able to break even if the water charges were enhanced by four times over the present charge of Rs 60. Public and the elected representatives would not allow any marginal hike in the water charges. Instead, the corporation was planning to encourage people to take more connections so that the total revenue would increase.
The corporation set a target of Rs 12 crores for property tax and water cess. The proceeds from devolution of taxes were expected to be around Rs 9.54 crores. The corporation was likely to receive Rs 25 crores excluding the education grant from the government this year. Meanwhile, Kallur was going to get Rs 10 crores from the DFID grant and plan budget of the corporation. The commissioner said priority in the Kallur area this year would be development of drainage system. Next year, the emphasis would be on laying roads.
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