Punjab ranks 3rd in MPLADS scheme

Written by States Bureau | Chandigarh, Dec 28 | Updated: Dec 29 2007, 06:38am hrs
Punjab ranks third in the implementation of MP Local Area Development Scheme after Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh.

The information came to light during a meeting on MPLADS called by Punjab chief secretary RI Singh here on Friday. It was learnt that since the inception of the scheme in 1993 by the Centre, total funds to the tune of Rs 458 crores had been received in the state against which Rs 418 crore had been utilised.

Under the scheme, all members of Parliament belonging to both houses are entitled to rupees two crore annual grant from the ministry of programme implementation and statistics government of India to be used for different development works in their respective constituencies.

At the meeting chief secretary Ramesh Inder Singh while appreciating state's performance under MPLADS, laid emphasis on ensuring proper utilisation of funds by the districts and asked the deputy commissioners to review the working of the scheme on fortnightly basis. He further added that the executing agencies must pay due regard to the quality and durability of assets being created under the scheme.

He urged the commissioners and deputy commissioners to undertake some sample checking of works themselves as well as impress upon the other supervisory officers to ensure regular checking of works. The deputy commissioner must also maintain proper liaison with the members of Parliament to ensure the successful implementation of the scheme, he added.

Any laxity on the part of the officers in releasing the sanctioned amount in time would not be tolerated and stern action would be initiated against the erring officers, said chief secretary.