State finance minister Sudhir Mungantiwar has assured cantonment boards a share of the goods and services tax (GST) revenue to carry out development works.
A high-level meeting of the vice-presidents of all the cantonment boards in the state will be held to discuss various civic issues, following which concrete decisions will be taken. Members and officials of the boards will also attend the meeting, Mungantiwar said after inaugurating the Khadki Cantonment Board’s dispensary at Sapras on Thursday.
Earlier, the boards were given a share of the octroi to undertake development works in their jurisdiction. The GST revenue share will be on the lines of the octroi income that the boards received, the minister said, adding that a provision for the same will be made in the state budget.
Abhay Sawant, vice-president, KCB, had earlier requested the minister to give funds to the cantonment boards for development works. Amol Jagtap, chief executive officer, KCB, said the cantonments in other states get funds for education, health, basic amenities at hospital, roads, water and streetlights. “Such funds be provided to the cantonments in the state as well,” he had said.
BJP Shivajinagar MLA Vijay Kale also demanded that the state government provide funds to cantonment boards on the lines of civic bodies. “The vice-presidents of the cantonment boards should be made a member of the District Planning and Development Committee (DPDC) to make available DPDC funds to the boards,” the MLA demanded.
Brigadier Dheeraj Mohan said 70% of the income of the cantonments is spent on administrative expenses, due to which the boards run out of funds for development works.