City council panel to vet 76.4bn annual budget

City council panel to vet 76.4bn annual budget

The Bangkok city council has appointed a committee to scrutinise its annual expenditure budget for the next fiscal year, which is valued at 76.4 billion baht, says the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA).

The council approved the move during a meeting yesterday chaired by president Niran Praditthakul. The meeting was also attended by deputy Bangkok governors Sophon Pisuthiwong and Sakchai Boonma, city clerk Silpasuay Raweesangsoon as well as council members and directors of the capital's 50 district offices.

Pol Lt Gen Sophon submitted a motion on the 2021 expenditure budget for the BMA, which includes funds to be distributed for general administrative works and public services. According to the deputy governor, the lion's share of the funds, amounting to 24 billion baht, or 32%, will go to general administrative work. Roughly 12.5 billion baht will be used for public works and traffic projects, while 18% is earmarked to help maintain public cleanliness and orderliness. The rest will be spent on water drainage systems, water treatment, public health, public services and education, he said.

City Hall projects in the next fiscal year will be executed in line with the national strategic plan and the Thailand 4.0 initiative, which stresses technological advances and high-level services, he said. Pol Lt Gen Sophon said the BMA had given funding priority to urgent projects that will tackle problems affecting city residents.

There is also a separate tranche of funds to be distributed to the 50 district offices.

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