Himachal’s 6th Finance Committee calls for extension of mandate

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Himachal’s 6th Finance Committee would recommend that the state extend its mandate until October 31, 2022, which otherwise ends on December 31

The 6th State Finance Committee would recommend that the State extend its mandate until October 31, 2022, which otherwise ends on December 31.

Finance Committee chairman Satpal Singh Satti said a decision to this effect was taken at a meeting on Friday.

Satti said the commission at its 2nd meeting held on March 26 this year sought suggestions and comments from the departments of the panchayati raj and urban development on questionnaires regarding the income and expenditure of local bodies that were to be sent. to local bodies for further information. .

After incorporating the suggestions of the departments concerned, the questionnaires were prepared by the end of April 2021.

However, during this time, the second wave of Covid-19 swept the country and Himachal Pradesh was not spared, Satti said.

He said a statewide lockdown was imposed in the first week of May with little presence of all offices, affecting official work.

Work in the offices resumed at full capacity in June 2021. However, he has already delayed questionnaires which could not be sent to local authorities until the end of June, Satti said.

Despite the efforts made to collect information from local bodies on their income and expenditure, only 20% of municipalities submitted their response.

Later, the submission of questionnaires completed by local bodies was affected by the October and November by-elections, as a majority of field staff were engaged in electoral tasks.

After considering all these facts, it was decided to recommend that the state government extend the commission’s mandate until October 2022, Satti said.

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