If your colony saw some frantic development activities in the past few months of the financial year 2011-2012, give credit to the municipal elections.
As many as 19 Delhi MLAs, from all across the capital, exhausted almost every penny of the money they got in the past three-and-a-half years in this term of the assembly. And most of these MLAs gave money to the MCD to improve basic amenities that are taken care of by the civic body.
According to Delhi government's urban development department officials, Delhi MLAs spent almost 70 per cent of the total funds allocated to them under the MLA Local Area Development Scheme (MLALADS) in 2011-2012. They said almost 90 per cent of the money the MLAs spent went to the works done by the MCD.Each of the 70 MLAs in Delhi is given R4 crore every year under the MLALAD scheme, which he can spend on development works in his or her own constituency. Till 2010-2011, this amount was R2 crore a year for each MLA.
With their eyes set on the municipal polls, most MLAs used the money on improvement of drains, roads, parks and streetlights in the last fiscal. On the other side, however, there are some MLAs who have yet to use a major portion of the fund allocated to them on development works. Veteran Congress MLA Prem Singh is yet to utilise R5.24 crore while BJP's Dharam Deo Solanki has unspent fund of R4.63 crore. LJP's Shoaib Iqbal and independent MLA Asif Khan too have unspent funds of R3.43 crore and R3.37 crore, respectively.
"There are some MLAs who prefer spending this money early and some who spend the fund late. It is individual choice," said CM Sheila Dikshit, who is MLA from Gole Market.
"It cannot be the parameter to judge an MLAs performance," said senior BJP leader Jagdish Mukhi.