New Delhi: Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) expressed its dissatisfaction for the implementation and management of the money allotted to the MPs under Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD).

In the report tabled in the Parliament, it was highlighted that some Members of Parliament have spent funds from their Local Area Development (LAD) fund for works, which not allowed under the scheme.

The report further stated that there has been mismanagement in the allocation of contracts. It has also found that the district administration utilised funds from MPLAD without any authorization from the members of Parliament.

The MPs had even pressurised the local administration to give the tenders to the contractors favourable to them. Highlighting the irregularities in the MPLAD, it even questioned the hike in the allocation of MPLAD fund from Rs two to Rs five crore.

However, Finance Minister Pranab Mukerjee in the budget speech had already indicated the dissatisfaction of the CAG about the utilization of the MPLAD fund. He had even asked PAC chief Murali Manohar Joshi to advice on the issue.

In the CAG report it has been highlighted that only half of the MPLAD funds were used during 2004 to 2009.

JPN/ Bureau