3 MLAs sitting on Area Devpt funds: District Planning Committee
With the code of conduct for assembly polls slated to come into force on August 21, District Planning Committee tells mid-day that three MLAs from the city have not submitted proposals for a portion of their Rs 2-crore local area development fund
Despite the code of conduct slated to come in force on August 21, mid-day has learnt that three out of eight MLAs in the city are yet to submit proposals for a portion of their Rs 2-crore Local Area Development (LAD) funds, which are meant to be used for the development of their constituencies.
The District Planning Committee has revealed that with barely a week left for the utilisation of the LAD funds, BJP MLAs Madhuri Misal and Bhimrao Tapkir and Shiv Sena MLA Chandrakant Mokate have not yet submitted the list of developmental works they want done in their constituencies with the remaining portion of the fund allotted to them. The committee is responsible for sanctioning the projects proposed by MLAs.
“Misal has not yet submitted a proposal for two developmental works she wants done in her constituency, while Mokate is yet to spend Rs 12 lakh from his allotted fund. Along similar lines, Tapkir is yet to send proposals for developmental works worth Rs 6 lakh,” said District Planning Committee head M D Ghode. While Misal reprsesents the Parvati assembly segment, Mokate and Tapkir represent the Kothrud and Khadakwasla respectively.
Ghode also said that Girish Bapat, the MLA from the Kasba assembly segment, has also submitted his proposal for the expansion of Sat Toti Police Chowky in his constituency at the last moment. “We have received his proposal of Rs 10 lakh on Wednesday and will try our best to approve it before the announcement of the model code of conduct,” said Ghode.
How it works
Under the Local Area Development scheme, each MLA is authorized to spend Rs 2 crore on various developmental works such as construction of walkways, streetlights, parks, community halls and so on. “I have the authority to deny proposals and we don’t accept those for maintenance and repair work. So far, apart from these three MLAs, others have spent a major share of their funds and we have given approval to their proposals,” said Ghode. He clarified that while all MLAs have outstanding amounts, the other five MLAs’ proposals for spending the amounts are in and are awaiting clearance from his committee.
When contacted, Misal said that she already sent a proposal and it was yet to reach the District Planning Committee’s office. Mokate said, “I have suggested developmental works worth R3 crore. It should be noted that this fund can be used until March next year.” Tapkir, on the other hand, said that the District Planning Committee had refused his proposal and he would send a fresh one in the next couple of days.