The National Conference on Thursday alleged that the newly-elected Members of Parliament from J&K had failed to utilise a single paisa of their MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) Funds for flood victims.
"This was a major indictment of both the PDP and the BJP and that the MPs from both parties owed an answer if not an apology to the people of the state," said NC spokesman Junaid Azim Mattu.
He said seven months have elapsed since these MPs were elected to the Parliament. "Yet the MPs from the PDP and the BJP have chosen not to use one paisa out of 15 crore released to them as the first installment of the MPLAD funds. The MPs could have utilised these funds for a number of pressing public issues in the state, but sadly they have chosen to make the people suffer while they watch and derive sadistic pleasure. This is unacceptable and highly unfortunate," said the spokesman.
Mattu rued the missed opportunity viz-a-viz how the PDP MPs could have utilised these precious funds in helping the flood victims in Kashmir.
"This apathy towards the flood victims was criminal. There are three MPs that the PDP has from the Kashmir Valley. Each MP has been given 2.5 crore as the first installment under the MPLAD funds. That's a total of 7.5 crore that could have been used to provide succour and relief to the flood victims," he added.
He said there were various public issues that could have been focused on by the BJP MPs in the Jammu Province.
"The first installment of the MPLAD Funds could have been utilised to alleviate the sufferings of the displaced people along the International Border, in ensuring the relief and rehabilitation of flash flood victims and in giving a fillip to the development works. This callous behaviour of BJP MPs in J&K contradicts BJP's posturing on development," he added.