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RTI reveals that BMC has deposited ₹86 crores in the relief fund in four months

Information obtained under RTI by Mumbai based activist Anil Galgali has revealed that the BMC has deposited ₹86 crores in the relief fund in four months.

RTI reveals that BMC has deposited ₹86 crores in the relief fund in four months
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Information obtained under RTI by Mumbai based activist Anil Galgali has revealed that the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has deposited ₹86 crores in the relief fund in four months.

The Chief Accountant Office of the Finance Department of BMC informed Anil Galgali about the five types of funds that have been received. According to the information, in the last 4 months, the BMC has received a total of 86 crores 5 lakh 30 thousand 303 rupees to fight the coronavirus.

The Mumbai City Collector has contributed ₹72.45 crores to this fund, which is the highest amount and is also 84 per cent of the total fund received. After that ₹11.45 crore has been deposited by Mumbai Suburban Collector and ₹50 lakhs has been given by the Ministry of Textiles while ₹35.32 lakhs have been deposited by private people. Meanwhile, only ₹1.29 crore has been received from the party representatives and the people's representatives.

On this issue, Anil Galgali said that, in fact, these funds are not equal as BMC has so far spent over ₹700 crores in order to deal with the pandemic. He further added that neither the Center has helped in this nor any financial assistance has been received from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.

Surprisingly, the commissioners, mayors, IAS officers and corporators of Mumbai have not taken any initiative to raise money for COVID-19 in the coffers of Mumbai Municipal Corporation.

Furthermore, according to reports, the RTI response also showcases how there is a requirement of 17,938 ventilators across the country but so far only 9,150 ventilators have been allotted by the central government. There are only a few states like Chattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Chandigarh, Puducherry, Odisha and few Union Territories that have received 100 per cent ventilators as per their demands.

However, Maharashtra still needs 1,770 ventilators, Karnataka 1,020, Andhra Pradesh 914, Uttar Pradesh 811, Rajasthan 706, and Tamil Nadu 529 in order to treat the patients suffering from the coronavirus.

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