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The SDMC House today cleared the civic body's annual budget, which includes property tax exemption for medal winners in Olympics and other top games, and free-of-cost sanitary pads to girls in schools when needed.
Leader of the House in the BJP-led South Delhi Municipal Corporation, Shikha Rai, finalised the estimated SDMC budget for 2018-19, and rejected the new tax and hike in the property tax proposed in the Commissioner's budget in December.
The budget was cleared in a special session of the SDMC House chaired by Mayor Kamaljeet Sehrawat. The decisions approved will come into effect after formal approval by the municipal commissioner.
"Martyrs belonging to the armed forces and the para- military forces and their widows; medal winners in Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games will get full exemption on payment of property tax for one residential property," the SDMC said.
"Ex-servicemen are to get 30 per cent rebate, on lumpsum payment of property tax, up to June 30, for one residential property," it said.
Rai later interacting with reporters, acknowledged that there was still a lot of taboo attached to menstrual hygiene, and "many girls skip schools during menstruation".
"So, we have decided to give sanitary pads to girls in schools, when they need it. We have also sensitised our teachers about it," she said.
"The wood left from pruning of trees and plants will be given to the poor for free for cremation. So, the department concerned would coordinate with the horticulture department in future," she said in her budget speech.
Incidentally, the Opposition AAP heckled her multiple times, saying, many of the announcements made by Rai, including on the matter of all 104 wards of SDMC becoming open defecation-free, were "mere claims" and "existed on papers only".
Also, a "glaring mistake" in the printed budget speech, on the subject of the recent proposal of the DDA to increase FAR (floor area ratio) for local shopping complexes, drew flak from the Opposition, both the Congress and the AAP, who urged the mayor, to get it rectified.
As per the proposed amendment in the Master Plan of Delhi 2021, the FAR is to be a uniform 350 for 100 sqm. The decision is yet to be cleared by the DDA' top decision-making body, but the printed speech says, "it has been done".
"It was a printing mistake," Rai told reporters.
The budget has also proposed 16 multi-level automated car parking and procurement of 72 electric cars soon.
Other decisions approved include, hike in fodder allowance for upkeep of cows in gaushalas, from Rs 20 to Rs 50; renaming of schools, parks and community centres to be after those killed in the line of duty, freedom fighters and great leaders.
All lighting system in schools would be replaced with LED lights, the mayor said.
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