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Lok Sabha elections: What does your MP's report card reveal?

mumbaivotes.com publishes performance reports of six city MPs, detailing queries they asked in Parliament, funds they spent etc

You can now judge the performance of your MPs by a report released by mumbaivotes.com, a website tracking the work of legislators. The report details how many questions the MP asked in Parliament, how many sessions they attended, and how much they spent from the MP Local Area Development Funds (MPLAD).

Sanjay Nirupam
Sanjay Nirupam (Cong), MP from Mumbai North

>> Asked 331 questions, compared to a national average of 300 questions asked
>> Attended 16 sessions and proposed no bills
>> Spent Rs 11.55 crore (61 per cent) of the total Rs 19 crore available in the MPLAD fund

Gurudas Kamat
Gurudas Kamat (Cong), MP from Mumbai North West

>> Asked one question when average number of questions asked was 114
>> Average number of questions is less because Kamat was a minister and resigned in 2012 (ministers have to answer questions)
>> Attended 5 sessions and proposed no bills
>> Spent Rs 9.11 crore (48 per cent) of R19 crore available in the MPLAD funds

Priya Dutt
Priya Dutt (Cong), MP from Mumbai North Central

>> Asked 156 questions when national average number of questions asked by MPs was 300
>> Attended 16 sessions and proposed 3 bills (Destitute Children, Writers and Artists, Persons with Disabilities)
>> Dutt spent Rs 11.67 crore (61 per cent) of the R19 crore made available to her via the MPLAD funds

Milind Deora
Milind Deora (Cong), MP from Mumbai South

>> Asked 274 questions, when average number of questions was 200 (he was appointed as minister in 2011)
>> Attended seven sessions and proposed no bills
>> Spent Rs 13.31 crore (70 per cent) of the total Rs 19 crore available in the MPLAD funds

Eknath Gaikwad
Eknath Gaikwad (Cong), MP from Mumbai South Central

>> Gaikwad asked 992 questions, highest Mumbai MPs, compared to average of 300 questions
>> Attended 16 sessions, no bills proposed
>> Spent Rs 13.26 crore (70 per cent) of the total Rs 19 crore available in the MPLAD funds
*All results as published in the report by Mumbaivotes.com

Sanjay Patil
Sanjay Patil (NCP), MP from Mumbai North East

>> Asked 455 questions, compared to a national average of 300 questions asked
>> Attended 16 sessions, no bills proposed
>> Spent Rs 12.28 crore (65 per cent) of the total Rs 19 crore available in the MPLAD fund
*Data for parliamentary sessions from June 2009 to Dec 2013

How does the audit help
According to Vivek Gilani, the founder of Mumbaivotes.com, a third party audit helps check whether a candidate is performing their parliamentary duty. “At times, we forget to ask whether our elected representatives are doing their work or not. These audits help,” said Gilani.

Asked if the surveys could be biased, Gilani replied, “It’s the responsibility of the representative that they work, so that their report card is good. If they have worked, they can show it off. If the report is bad, they will face the consequences.”

Gilani claims that politicians are now more aware of scrutiny. “I remember an MP starting his interview with us by quoting the no of questions and his attendance figures. They have realised that statistics is what the voters want.”

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