CHATTOGRAM: Chattogram City Corporation (CCC) on Sunday announced a Tk 24.63 billion (Tk 2,463 crore) proposed budget with a surplus of around Tk 30 million for the 2021-2022 fiscal year (FY).
CCC Mayor M Rezaul Karim Chowdhury unveiled the budget at a budget session at the Theatre Institute of Chattogram (TIC).A revised budget of Tk 1,001 crore for the 2019-2020 FY was also approved at the CCC general meeting held before the budget session.
In the proposed budget, the CCC estimated an income of Tk 852 crore to come from CCC’s own resources and Tk 1,570 crore from development grants, relief aids and other sources.
The budget allocated Tk 601 crore for salary, allowances, repair and maintenance, power, fuel, water and welfare among others while Tk 1,859 crore was kept for development works, development of permanent resources, payment of debts, relief aid and other expenses.
Of the development budget, CCC allocated Tk 142 crore for different development works, Tk 834 crore for payment of debts, Tk 106 crore for developing permanent resources, Tk 4 crore for relief aids and Tk 32 crore for other expenses.
Mayor Rezaul in his budget speech said the development of Chattogram means the development of the entire country as Chattogram contributes much for having the country’s premier seaport.
The budget envisions this city as a more liveable one with more focus on the environment, technology and economic activities, he said.He also expressed hope that the tax and trade licence application and delivery process will be brought under 100 per cent online system by this FY.
Rezaul informed that a transport pool management system has also been introduced integrating with the existing store management and fuel management systems for ensuring transparency and accountability in this sector.
“Steps are also being taken to realise fees for rickshaw licence, advertisement tax, shop rents and others through online by this FY,” he added.
CCC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mohammad Shahidul Alam conducted the budget session while Finance and Establishment Affair Standing Committee Chairman Councillor Md Ismail put up the budget report.
CCC Panel Mayors Abdsus Sabur Liton, Md Gias Uddin, Aforoza Kalam, Secretary Khaled Mahmud, Chief Revenue Officer Nazrul Islam and Chief Engineer Rafiqul Islam Manik attended the budget session among others.