The Pune Cantonment Board will not take up any new development project in its limits until it gets its share of GST revenue from the state and central governments, said Major General Navneet Kumar, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) of Pune Sub Area and PCB president, on Tuesday. Kumar chaired the PCB’s general body meeting for the first time since taking charge of the Pune Sub Area recently. “Ideally, the board should have got its GST share by now. It has not and the situation has badly affected its revenue. We have taken up this issue with the Ministry of Defence and the Director General Defence Estates. For now, our endeavour is to run the board smoothly so that citizens don’t suffer. This prompted us to unanimously decide at the meeting against launching any new development project until we get our GST share,” He said.
He said that it was unfair on the part of the state government to pay money to the Pune Municipal Corporation but not the PCB. “If we do not get a positive response by the end of January, the board will move the Bombay high court. The board’s financial status has reached a stage where it will find it difficult to pay the salaries of its 1,100 employees from February onwards.” Kumar, who reviewed the ongoing development projects and various departments of the board, said, “Providing quality healthcare, civic facilities and improving standard of education at the PCB-run schools are among the key subjects we will focus on in the coming days.” Kumar urged all the elected board members to come up with concrete revenue generation ideas to develop a stable revenue model which will cater to the board’s financial needs in the future.