New Delhi: The parliamentarians have blamed the District Magistrates (DMs) for not providing the correct data related to Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund utilisation to the Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation which had earlier questioned the spending of fund in their constituencies.

Refuting the ministry data several parliamentarians including Samajwadi Party MP Mohan Singh, Congress’ Navin Jindal, Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Ajit Singh said, “The DMs have been entrusted with the task of implementation and monitoring of the MPLAD funds. They are not providing information on time. Therefore, the parliamentarians cannot be blamed for the mess.”

The MPLAD annual allocation has been hiked from Rs 2 crore to Rs 5 crore. The Centre had held review meeting in February and August in this regard.

The documents of the meetings have been uploaded on the official website of the Ministry.

As per the Ministry documents, the account of the MPs are mandatory for releasing MPLAD fund. Failing to which, the fund may not be released.

The DMs failed to send the account numbers of the several MPs to the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. The name of such many such parliamentarians have been made public by the Ministry.
Reacting to the news published in Dainik Jagran in this regard, MPs like Mohan Singh, Ajit Singh, Navin Jindal, Anu Tandon, Kapil Sibal, Raghuvansh Prasad Singh and Pradeep Jain expressed reservations over data provided by the Ministry.

Mohan Singh said, “I have my bank account in Deoria district. I have already spent most of the MPLAD fund.

Echoing the same, Navin Jindal said, “I have only Rs 18 lakh in my account instead Rs 3 crore as stated in the Ministry data.”

Raghuvansh Singh informed that he had already spent 90 percent of the funds released under the MPLAD during the past 12-13 years.

MPs clearly opine that DMs neither give priority to the developmental works carried out under the MPLAD scheme nor provide adequate information to them.

JPN/Bureau