New Delhi: In what could be seen as a negligent attitude of parliamentarians in not expediting development work in their respective constituencies, MPs of the ruling dispensation and principal opposition are not utilizing funds allocated under Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme.

Surprisingly, at a time when the Centre enhanced MPLAD fund to Rs 5 crores earlier this year, leaders like Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukherjee, Meira Kumar, Leader of Opposition Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley, senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani and 406 other MPs are finding difficult to spend Rs 2 crore for the development work.

The amount which was to be used for the development of the areas under the respective MPs has been lying unutilized.

The document available with Dainik Jagran reveals the sorry state of MPLAD fund operation. The members of Lok Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and other big states have more than Rs 2 crore in their MPLAD account which has not been used till date.

In August 2011, the Centre held confidential review on the usage of MPLAD fund. It was brought into light that out of 545 Lok Sabha members 293 did not spend the funds allocated to them under MPLAD scheme.

On a similar note, 113 out of 250members of Rajya Sabha failed to use the fund for developing their areas. This includes 76 MPs from Uttar Pradesh, 36 from Bihar, 14 from Jharkhand, 11 from Punjab, 8 from Haryana, 43  from West Bengal and seven from Delhi in both Upper and Lower House of Parliament.

Interestingly, under the leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the Cabinet is facing time crunch to spend the money.

Undoubtedly, the revelation raises questions against MPs who have always maintained an uneasiness regarding MPLAD funds. If the travails did not allow them to use Rs 2 crore, how will they manage Rs 5 crore remains an unanswered question.

(Anshuman Tiwari/JPN)