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City MLAs? love for laptops

EVER WONDERED why your area continues to wallow in civic neglect despite the fact that your local MLA claims to have spent crores on the development work? If not, better get cracking. For you have every right to know how this huge amount of public money allocated to these peoples? representatives under their local area development fund is being utilised by them.

india Updated: Jul 05, 2006 01:47 IST

Notebook bought for a whopping Rs 3 lakh apiece

EVER WONDERED why your area continues to wallow in civic neglect despite the fact that your local MLA claims to have spent crores on the development work? If not, better get cracking. For you have every right to know how this huge amount of public money allocated to these peoples’ representatives under their local area development fund is being utilised by them.

A query to the chief development officer (CDO) of the district on a simple sheet of paper is all that can get you the answer and put the ‘neta’ in a spot.

If you are still not sure how to make the right query and go about the process, ask the volunteers at the Drive Against Bribe camp, who will assist you in the job. “In fact, we have already obtained the details of how these funds were utilised by all the five MLAs, three MLC’s and the two members of Parliament from the State capital,” said retired IPS officer SR Darapuri, who is supervising the camp.

The information culled by Darapuri and his colleagues on how money under the local area development fund was spent by the memebers of the legislative council make for some interesting reading.      

Forget development work or civic needs of the area, one thing that topped the list of our Lucknow MLAs and MLCs was their fancy for a laptop. A sign of the ongoing e-revolution or just a centerpiece of attraction? Darapuri is not sure, though he is certain that almost all these prized possessions have been procured on an exorbitant price (over Rs 3 lakh a piece) to be precise. “I for one know for sure that a branded laptop of a reputed company is easily available for a little over Rs one lakh,” he said.