207 vehicles allotted to MPs; only five returned: Antony

A total of 207 vehicles like jeeps and motorcycles were allotted to MPs for touring their constituencies in last three years, even as only five of them were returned to the Defence Ministry.

New Delhi: A total of 207 vehicles like
jeeps and motorcycles were allotted to MPs for touring their
constituencies in last three years, even as only five of them
were returned to the Defence Ministry.

"During the last three years, 82 requests were
received from MPs and a total of 207 vehicles were alloted to
them. However, only five vehicles have been collected so far," Defence Minister AK Antony said in his written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

"Government is not aware of the reasons, if any, for
the vehicles not taken so far," Antony said.

"Sitting members of Parliament are eligible to get a
total of three vehicles- Jeep, Jongas and Motor Cycles in any
combination during their tenure... The prices of these
vehicles are fixed periodically for them," Antony added.

The Minister further said MPs can also opt for an
Ambassador Car Class V or Class VI, within the eligibility of
the three vehicles.

The vehicles from the disposal stock of the defence
forces are alloted to the MPs on their request for touring
their constituencies.

PTI