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Lucknow no exception

india Updated: Jul 05, 2006 01:35 IST
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Alarming misuse of MPLAD funds

Lucknow was no exception when it came to misutilisation of the MP/MLA local area development funds. In fact, info provided under the Right to Information Act to retired IG SR Darapuri about utilisation of the funds by MPs/MLAs of Lucknow is quite alarming.

Here some MLAs sanctioned funds for private schools despite there being against no such provisions under the rules. Sample this: MP Mohanlal Ganj Jai Prakash sanctioned 23 works during the current financial year in which 16 were for schools. Of the total Rs 1.04 crore, the MP gave Rs 62 lakh to schools, most of them in private sector. In 2004-05 also he had provided huge funds to schools.

Former MP Rina Chaudhury from Mohanlal Ganj had also spent considerable amount on schools in her constituency. She gave Rs ten lakh to a school for the construction of five rooms and Rs seven lakh was given to another school for three rooms. Interestingly, the sanctioned fund was directly given to managers of these schools.

Similarly, Vidhan Parishad member SP Singh also spent MLC fund on schools. In the last fiscal year, he gave funds to 14 schools, that is Rs seven lakh of the total Rs ten lakh spent by him.

Another MLC Sheema Rizvi gave Rs 57 lakh out of total 71 lakh to schools. Devi Dayal also paid fund to nine schools. BJP MLC Kusum Rai also gave Rs seven lakh out of Rs nine lakh to schools. Peter Fanthom’s record was also similar.