Times of India, March 17, 2019
LUCKNOW: MPs from Uttar Pradesh</a> have tried their best to pave the way for a second term, spending at least 78% of the local area development funds to build roads, bridges and pathways. The spend, as of March 2019, is the highest in the country, shows data under the ‘priority sector’ head.
Of 4,224 sanctioned “priority projects” worth over Rs 277 crore in UP, more than Rs 217 crore went to infrastructure projects. In comparison, MPs from Madhya Pradesh spent 33% of their funds on road construction, while those from Maharashtra spent 44% and Rajasthan 30%.
MPs get Rs 5 crore annually under MPLAD to carry out development work and create community assets and have a recommendatory role.
Among other heads, 32 projects worth Rs 1.7 crore were related to sanitation and public health in UP. MPLAD guidelines were revised on June 2016 to allow spending on construction of toilets. MP and Maharashtra spent Rs 2.5 crore and Rs 5 crore respectively, on toilets.
The 80 MPs from UP spent Rs 9 crore on drinking water projects, Rs 6.5 crore on education and Rs 4 crore on the power network under MPLAD scheme. The ruling BJP is giving a push to rural electrification under the Centre’s flagship schemes like Saubhagya and Deen Dayal Upadhayay Rural Electrification.
However, though 60% of state’s economy rests on agriculture, MPLAD spend on agriculture and irrigation was less than Rs 90 lakh.
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