15% of the BMC budget for health; education and capital spending also get big slices | Bombay News

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MUMBAI: The BMC on Thursday unveiled the city’s budget for 2022-23 with an 18% increase in spending, with much of the additional allocation going to health and education, except for a significant chunk capital expenditure.
No new taxes have been proposed or gratuities announced ahead of municipal elections, which mark the end of a five-year term for the administration controlled by Shiv Sena.

The budget was increased from Rs 39,038 crore to Rs 45,949 crore, but BMC tapped into special and reserve funds (Rs 14,704 crore) for loans and withdrawals to stimulate spending.
Overall, 15% of the funds are reserved for health. Huge provisions have been made to upgrade primary health centers by equipping them for a range of tests and diagnostics. BMC is offering to staff them with consultants to ease the pressure on secondary and tertiary hospitals in Mumbai. As enrollment increased after the pandemic, the education budget was also increased to carry out repairs and upgrade facilities.
Projects aimed at mitigating climate change and encouraging the use of clean energy, spearheaded by Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray, have been prioritized. A user fee on bulky waste generators and a penalty on unauthorized construction, twice the property tax rate, have been proposed.

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