Lucknow: The financial crunch faced by the urban bodies in Uttar Pradesh is having a toll on the developmental work in the state. These bodies are financially strapped as majority of the funds are spent on payment of salaries to their employees.

Due to insufficient finances, basic public amenities are suffering and if works are carried out they are marred by corruption.

According to the third State Finance Commission report, billions of rupees are sanctioned to 630 bodies in the state (13 municipal corporations, 194 Palika Councillors and 423 Nagar panchayats), annually. This amount is distributed among the bodies under a prescribed formula and these bodies have to spend the amount on development work after distributing salaries to their employees.

After the implementation of recommendations by the Sixth Pay Commission, most of the amounts sanctioned to the bodies are spent in giving salaries.

In such a situation, work related to roads, water, sewer, supply of drinking water are suffering due to insufficient funds. Most of the people in cities are facing problems related to roads, garbage, sewer, etc.

As per the report from the state government, majority of funds sanctioned by the SFC to Lucknow, Bareilly, Varanasi, Allahabad, Kanpur Municipal Corporation in the current fiscal are spent on salaries.

Only 2.14 percent in Meerut, Saharanpur (3.14 percent), Agra (6.4 percent), Aligarh (18.60 percent), Ghaziabad (27.98 percent), Moradabad (29.42 percent) and Gorakhpur (41.24 percent) have been spent on development work.

Meanwhile, Jhansi Municipal Corporation spent most of the SFC funds on development work, mostly on road projects.

JPN/Bureau