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The Fifteenth Finance Commission meets representatives of Rajasthan Urban Local Bodies - New Delhi, Dated: 8th September, 2019
The 15th Finance Commission headed by Chairman, Shri N.K. Singh alongwith its Members and senior officials today met with the representatives of the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) of Rajasthan. The Commission was informed that: • 16 out of 18 functions envisaged in the Twelfth Schedule of the Constitution have been devolved to ULB’s. Water Supply function is partially devolved and urban planning is yet to be devolved to PRIs. • Rajasthan has a total of 190 ULBs, of which 149 are Municipal Boards, 34 are Municipalities and 7 are Municipal Corporations. The 14th Finance Commission had recommended for the period 2015-20, a devolution of Rs. 3611crores to Rajasthan as Basic Grant ( 5.2 per cent of total grants) and a devolution of Rs. 903 crores as Performance grant ( 5.2 per cent of total grants). According to Pr. AG Rajasthan, following are the issues pertaining to accounting of ULB are - • The accountability mechanism and financial reporting of the Urban Local Bodies in the State continues to be weak. Only 68 of the ULB Accounts are certified during 2017-18. • Parking of money & Multiplicity of Bank accounts are major areas of concern in ULBs hampering transparency & accountability. As on March 2018, Rs 1,652 cr was lying as unutilized closing balances in Municipal Funds. • National Municipal Accounts Manual (NMAM) for ULBs was introduced for all ULBs to maintain the accounts on Accrual Based Accounting System from 1 April 2010: Only 60 ULBs were maintaining the accounts on above system. Representatives of Municipal Corporations of Municipalities of Bikaner, Jaipur, Gangapur, Sujangarh, Niwai, Sambhar, Pratapgarh, Keshavraypatan, Shahpura, Sikar were present. The Commission noted all the concerns highlighted by the representatives of the ULBs and promised to address them in its recommendations to the Central Government.