Only 70 Percent MPLAD Funds Utilised in Delhi from 2009-13

Published: 23rd March 2014 09:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 23rd March 2014 09:32 AM   |  A+A-

By PTI

Congress MP from North East Delhi Jai Prakash Agarwal has best spent the funds allocated to him under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development while his South Delhi counterpart Ramesh Kumar has barely utilised the money for development of his constituency.          

According to data of Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation released for 2009-2013, only 70 per cent of Rs 93.75 crore that was made available to Lok Sabha MPs in Delhi under the MPLAD fund, was utilised, leaving around Rs 28.80 crore unspent.  

Delhi has seven constituencies and all of them are represented by Congress members.           

Mahabal Mishra from West Delhi and Jai Prakash Agarwal have been able to perform comparatively better than their counterparts, but none of the MPs could manage to spend 100 per cent of the amount allotted.         

While Agarwal, the former president of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC), has spent Rs 16.69 crore out of Rs 18.39 crore available with him, Mishra brought Rs 10.26 crore to use out of total Rs 13.31 crore. Kumar is the worst-performing MP when it comes to the utilisation of MPLAD funds. He managed to spend only Rs 3.71 crore till date out of a total sum of Rs 10.32 crore allotted to him by the Union government.

The residents of the areas of Kumar's constituency allege that basic infrastructure is in deteriorating state. "Not in our knowledge any such fund has ever been used. The locality lacks parkings, places for garbage to be dumped and proper urinals, and many stretches have missing lamp posts," says Ashish Batra, a resident of Chhattarpur area which is under Kumar's constituency.         

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Union Minister for Telecommunication and Law Kapil Sibal, who is Lok Sabha MP from Chandni Chowk, utilised an amount to the tune of Rs 13.47 crore out of a total of Rs 18.24 crore that rested with him from the funds, the data shows.       

Congress' media in-charge and MP from New Delhi constituency Ajay Maken spent around Rs 16.61 crore out of Rs 20.96 crore allotted to him.         

Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath, who represents North-West Delhi, has spent Rs 5.66 crore out of Rs 9.99 crore funds allocated to her.            

Some of the areas that come under Tirath's constituency are Rohini, Rithala, Nangloi Banwana and Narela. Residents of these areas allege that funds are being spent but in an unorganised way.     

"There are drains but uncovered. Mosquitoes breed in these drains and large numbers of dengue and malaria cases are reported every year from the locality. Also the municipal corporations dig up roads to lay pipes and wires but the debris is left on the roads," says Shikha, a resident of Sector 3, Rohini.    

Residents also complain of unkempt municipal corporation parks in the locality which attract hooligans and drunkards at night, making it unsafe for the people.

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