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Your MP’s not spending on you

mumbai Updated: Jul 04, 2011 00:40 IST
Pooja Domadia

It’s more than two years since your elected representative took up his/her place in the Lok Sabha, but s/he is neither spending all the money allotted for your welfare nor fulfilling the promises made to you before the 2009 elections.

This is what a report on the performances of the six Members of Parliament (MPs) from Mumbai from June 2009 to June 2011, compiled by a city-based independent research organisation MumbaiVotes (MV), has revealed.

None of the six MPs — Sanjay Nirupam, Sanjay Dina Patil, Gurudas Kamat, Priya Dutt, Eknath Gaikwad and Milind Deora — have used all of the Rs 3.35 crore that has been allotted to each of them for local development under the MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme.

Nirupam, who represents North Mumbai, has utilised the maximum amount of Rs 2.75 crore. “I have submitted recommendations for many other facilities, including toilet blocks and borewells. I have already exhausted my funds with these recommendations,” said Nirupam.

Under the scheme, the MP can suggest to the district collector that work to the tune of Rs 2 crore per annum be taken up in his/her constituency.

Of the Rs20.10 crore released in two years — the total amount given to all six MPs — only

Rs10.97 crore has been used. This accounts for little more than 50% of the total funds.

The worst spender has been North-West Mumbai’s Kamat, with 65% of his fund lying unutilised. Despite repeated attempts, Kamat was unavailable for comment.

The report has been compiled on parameters such as attendance in Parliament, number of questions raised at each session, parliamentary committees the MP is associated with, usage of funds and election promises fulfilled.

“We conduct video interviews of the MPs recording their promises. Additionally, their personal manifestos, websites and media reports are analysed to check on the promises. Then, on the basis of media reports and their answers, a promise versus performance check is done,” explained Vivek Gilani, founder, MumbaiVotes.

As per the report, Deora has done the best when it comes to keeping his word; of the 11 promises made, he has fulfilled three. Nirupam made 26 promises in his personal manifesto, website, and video interviews, out of which he is working on fulfilling two of them. He has undertaken other tasks not on his list of promises, though. “It is good that an MP does work for the people, but the point is that promises are not kept,” said Gilani.

Dutt, Gaikwad and Deora were also unavailable for comment.