Socially Active Youth in Action (SAYA) is an organization working towards the betterment of the society and for bringing in transparency in governance has allege that the step taken by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) of donating excess amount to an organization is violating the Bombay Provincial Municipal Corporations Act (BPMC Act), 1949.
On 22 December 2010 NMMC Standing Committee passed a Resolution of donating Rs. 10 Lacs for 84th Akhil Bharatiya Marathi Sahitya Sammelan which is to commence from 25 th December at Thane. Navi Mumbai Mayor Sagar Naik handed over the Cheque to organizing Committee consisting of Working president of Sammelan P.K.Datar, M.Y.Gokale, D.K.Soman, Nandkishor Joshi and others in presence of NMMC Municipal Commissioner Bhaskar Wankhede.
Harpal Singh, Assistant Treasurer of SAYA informed “As per the BPMC Act, municipal bodies have been issued directions by state governments that total annual civic donation amount should not exceed Rs 30 lakhs and institutions should not be given donations exceeding Rs 3 lakh. Unfortunately in Navi Mumbai case the donation has exceeded 300 percent”.
Kishore Biswas, Joint Secreatry states “Moreover no corporation has the right to donate for an event or orgainsation that is proposed outside its limits. The worst part is that The Standing Committee does not have any right to take such decision. Instead it is only possible if the 30 percent of the Corporators give it an approval and the most importantly there is a need of such prvisions made in the Budget”.
“The NMMC has violated the laws by bypassing the state government direction and allocated excess donation. NMMC do not have any rights to misuse the people’s money” expressed Biswas.
Vishal Malhotra Joint Secreatry recalls “It is just few months back the Pune Municipal Corporation had violated and allocated donation to the same organization, this was challenged and the organization was made to repay the amount to the corporation. In such a small interval NMMC has too done the similar fault which is really unexpected”.
Singh expressed “We SAYA strongly oppose such violation done by many Municipal Corporations and demand the NMMC, TMC and MCGM to take appropriate action to get the public money repaid”.
However the concern authority has neglected the fact and says they do have a provision.