MPLAD Funds See 78% Utilisation

New Delhi, July 4: | Updated: Jul 5 2003, 05:30am hrs
Members of Parliament (MPs) utilised as many as 78 per cent of of the total amount of Rs 11,209 crore released under the MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme in the first half of the current calender year.

According to an official release here on Friday, there has been a steady increase in utilisation of the money allocated since 1998, when MPs spent just 55 per cent of the allocated amount.

As per the data available till June 30, Chandigarh topped the list by utilising a near total utilisation at 97.5 per cent of the sanctioned amount. It was followed by Daman & Diu and Mizoram which utilised 93.5 per cent and 93.2 per cent of the amount respectively.

The MPLAD scheme was launched way back on December 23, 1993. It provides for allocation of funds for small community oriented projects in the constituencies/states of the members of Parliament. The purpose of the scheme is to create durable assets for the community on the basis of locally felt needs, the release said.

The allocation under the scheme was doubled to Rs 2 crore during 1998-99 from the initial Rs 1 crore per year. The amount is released to the head of the nodal district concerned. There are two Parliamentary committees for monitoring the scheme.

Recently, the scheme came under severe attack as there were allegations that UP chief minister Mayawati had asked her party MPs to divert the funds from this scheme to the party coffers.