Our MPs are too stingy!
Spend only 16 per cent of Local Area Development funds;
10 out of 17 Telangana MPs yet to open their account
Believe it or not, but MPs, who spend crores of rupees in winning elections, suddenly become stingy when it comes to utilising their Local Area Development (LAD) funds.
The LAD funds are allocated by the Centre for development of Parliamentary constituencies. Till May 1, 2015, members of the 16th Lok Sabha had spent only 16.13 per cent of the total funds released to them. Interestingly, MPs from the northeastern States seem more concerned about their constituencies as Manipur tops the chart with a fund use of 53.70 per cent.
The Centre has so far released Rs 1,837.50 crore to MPs under LAD category, but a staggering Rs 1,552.78 crore remains unutilised.
MPs from Uttar Pradesh are the worst performers. There are 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP and the Centre allocated Rs 265 crore for the State for one year, but only 10.66 per cent of funds have been spent while Rs 237.16 crore is still lying unused
The other States who have received over Rs 100 crore are West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Bihar. These States got funds to the tune of Rs 180 crore, Rs 157.57 crore, Rs 152.50 crore and Rs 130 crore respectively while their percentage utilisation of funds is 20.76, 29.34, 12.28 and 17.45 respectively.
There are as many as seven States whose MPs have failed to use even 10 per cent of the LAD funds given to them. These States are Assam (9.09 per cent), Goa 6.27 per cent), Odisha (6.96 per cent), Rajasthan (8.60 per cent), Sikkim (one per cent), Uttarakhand (9 per cent) and Jharkhand (7.95 per cent).
Among union territories, MPs in Delhi spent 13.50 per cent of funds while those in Puducherry spent 5.20 per cent. However, MPs in remaining five UTs did not even open their account.
The MPs of new States like Chhattisgarh and Telangana too have performed below average.
The MPs of Chhattisgarh have received Rs 32.50 crore but they spent 22.74 per cent of the funds leaving Rs 25.24 crore unused. Similarly, the MPs of Telangana have received Rs 57.50 crore but they spent 16.39 per cent of the given fund leaving Rs 48.10 crore unused.
Among 17 MPs in Telangana, 10 have not yet opened their accounts. These MPs are Gaddam Nagesh from Adilabad, BB Patil from Zaheerabad, Konda Vishweshwar Reddy from Chevella, Vinod Kumar Boinapally from Karimnagar, A P Jithender Reddy from Mahabubnagar, Boora Narsaiah Goud from Bhongir, Yellaiah Nandi from Nagarkurnool, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s daughter Kalvakuntla Kavitha from Nizamabad, Balka Suman from Peddapalle and Bandaru Dattatreya from Secunderabad.
The MPs those who have carried out development work in their constituencies include Asaduddin Owaisi from Hyderabad (75.45 per cent spending), Ch Malla Reddy from Malkajgiri (68.77 per cent), Ponguleti Srinivasa Reddy from Khammam (44 per cent), Kotha Prabhakar Reddy from Medak (7.64 per cent), Gutha Sukhender Reddy from Nalgonda (5.97 per cent), Azmeera Seetaram Naik from Mahabubabad (8.32 per cent) and Kadiyam Srihari from Warangal (12.67 per cent).