Over Rs 2,600 cr not utilised under MPLADS: Govt

The government on Friday informed Parliament that over Rs 2,600 crore on funds sanctioned under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) is lying unspent.

Updated: Aug 05, 2011, 18:02 PM IST

New Delhi: The government on Friday informed
Parliament that over Rs 2,600 crore on funds sanctioned under
the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme
(MPLADS) is lying unspent.

"As reported by the district authorities in the monthly
progress reports for period ending June 30, 2011, an amount of
Rs 2627.98 crore was lying unspent with the district
authorities," Minister of State (Independent Charge) for
Statistics and Programme Implementation Srikant Kumar Jena
said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha.

Uttar Pradesh was at the top of the list with Rs 408.88
crore being unutilised, followed by Bihar (Rs 261.52 crore),
Maharashtra (Rs 217.34 crore), West Bengal (Rs 185.22 crore),
Andhra Pradesh (Rs 177.19 crore) and Karnataka (Rs 144.36
crore).

Jena said the government has approved the enhancement of
the annual allocation of MPLADS fund from Rs 2 crore to Rs 5
crore for each Member of Parliament from this fiscal.