New Delhi: After getting caught badly in the swamp of graft, the Centre is giving thrust to the completion of work related to public welfare as early as possible.

In this context, it has started building pressure on the state governments to expedite the public welfare work done through the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) and has asked to release the remaining amount of the sanctioned fund with immediate effect.

The state governments have been asked to release the arrears of MPLAD funds sanctioned to MPs of the 14th Lok Sabha before September 15.

The government recently reviewed the use of MPLAD funds during which it was found that the states are yet to release the remaining amount of Rs 1700-2000 crore. The Centre, in a review meeting, has asked the state governments and the Union Territories to release the remaining amount at the earliest.

According to sources, there are 128 districts of 35 states and Union Territories where the entire amount of fund issued is lying unused.

Meanwhile, the Centre has also asked the state governments to submit report on the use of MPLAD funds before September 15.

The government has already approved the hike in the annual allocation of MPLAD fund from Rs 2 crore to Rs 5 crore for each MP from this fiscal. Not only this, the government has also extended the scope of its use as it wants to speed up work related to public welfare.

JPN/Bureau