What are you waiting for MLA sahib only five months are left !

Now only about five months are left for the implementation of the model code of conduct for the assembly elections but only 69 percent of MLA fund is being used so far

What are you waiting for MLA sahib only five months are left !

Now only about five months are left for the implementation of the model code of conduct for the assembly elections in Uttarakhand. In this context, the MLAs will soon have to take out their report card in front of the public. Despite this, Rs 393 crore is still left in the MLA fund. Many MLAs have not been able to spend even half their funds in the last four and a half years. The Rural Development Department has also released the last installment of the development fund of the members of the existing Legislative Assembly. With this, a total of Rs 17.75 crore has been received by each MLA from the financial year 2017-18.

But the MLAs have not been able to show the expected speed in spending the development fund. According to the data of the Rural Development Department, all the MLAs together have a balance of Rs 393.95 crore as funds till June 30. Only 69 percent of the fund has been spent so far. Out of total 47,986 works sanctioned under MLA fund, only 36,066 have been completed. According to the rules of the department, if the MLAs are not able to spend the entire fund in their current tenure, then the said fund gets transferred to the next elected MLAs. Thus, the legislators need to show speed on this front.

Full fund released this time

In Uttarakhand, each MLA gets Rs 3.75 crore per annum as a development fund. Last year, the Trivendra Rawat-led government had cut the MLA fund by Rs 1 crore due to Covid but this year being an election year, the government has released the entire Rs 3.75 crore, closing the above deduction. However, the legislators were also pressurizing the government to stop the deduction. Also, being an election year, this time the Rural Development Department has also released the second installment in July itself. Due to this, the funds for the entire five years have been released to the members of the existing Legislative Assembly.

MLAs spending less than 60% of the funds

MLA

Spending Percentage

Manoj Rawat

39%

Mahesh Negi

46%

Dr. Dhan Singh

49%

Munna Chauhan

55%

Karan Mahra

57%

Sahadev Pundir

58%

Vijay Singh Panwar

59%

Premchand Agarwal

59%