The appeal of presiding officers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to MPs to contribute to Kosi flood relief from their local area development funds last year generated a lukewarm response from members of the Lower House while it was a shade better in the Upper House.
The appeal of Lok Sabha speaker seeking contribution from MP's Local Area Development (MPLAD) Fund for reconstruction works after the Kosi flood last year elicited response from just 155 of the total strength of 545 members, which is about 28 per cent.
The response of Rajya Sabha members was slightly better with 149 of the 250 members coming forward to chip in the reconstruction projects in flood-affected regions of Bihar, the data from Ministry of Statistics and Program implementation suggests.
Unprecedented damage was caused by flood in Bihar's Kosi river in the northern districts of Madhepura, Supaul, Saharsa, Purnia, Katiahar and Araria affecting about 23 lakh people in the area.
The Home Ministry had also declared the natural disaster in the state as "calamity of severe nature" on September 2, 2008 after which presiding officers of both the Houses appealed to the MPs to contribute Rs 10 lakh each from their MPLAD Funds for the reconstruction projects.