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Tewari spends MPLAD funds, covers every village of constituency

punjab Updated: Jan 01, 2014 21:01 IST
HT Correspondent

Union information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari has already spent the entire amount of Rs 19 crore from his MP's local area development (MPLAD) fund.

He said given the extent of the constituency the amount is quite small, but he has tried to balance the distribution to the maximum possible extent and make whatever difference he could.

Of the Rs 19 crore, he had already spent Rs 16.83 crore. The proposals for the remaining Rs 2.17 crore have already been approved, and the cheques will be issued the moment the money is credited into the MPLAD account by the central government.

When Tewari became the Member of Parliament (MP) in 2009, for the first two years he got Rs 2 crore each. From his third year in the parliament, in 2011-12, the grant was increased to Rs 5 crore per annum.

Ludhiana MP said his priority was rural health centres, educational institutions, clean drinking water and road connectivity.

On an average, Tewari provided Rs 5 lakh for each of the works. However, in certain cases the grant extended to Rs 25 lakh depending upon the importance of the project and the number of people who will get benefitted from it. He said he had provided grants for about 300 works during the past five years.

The minister said he did not restrict himself to sanctioning the grants only, but would also ensure that it has to be purposeful as well. He ensured that the money was sanctioned for the right purpose, and was released by the district administration in time, he said adding that it has to be monitored till the completion of the work.

Tewari said despite his hectic schedule, earlier, as the national spokesperson of the party, and later, as the minister of information and broadcasting, he ensured that he oversaw all projects personally.

Among the major grants in which the amount was over Rs 10 lakh, include 15 tubewells in the city constructed with a cost of Rs 15.5 lakh each, construction of computer rooms at Ramgarhia Girls School, Miller Ganj, Rs 10 lakh for the auditorium at Indian Medical Association (IMA) house at Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, Rs 10 lakh for the operation theatre of Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital Model Town, Ludhiana, Rs 20 lakh for sewerage in Chakkar village in Jagaraon, and Rs 26.49 lakh for replacement and upgrading of the sewerage system at Ahatta Mohammed Tyre near Gurdwara Chhatti Padshahi, Ward 39.