10 Aug 2012

Diversion of MPLADS Funds

The Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Statistics and Programme Implementation Shri Srikant Kumar Jena has said that the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India, in his Performance Audit Report on MPLADS of 2010-11, has reported that Rs. 4.67 crores of MPLADS funds were diverted to other schemes of the State and the Central Government, such as National Old Age Pension Scheme, SampooranGramin Rojgar Yojna, payment for panchayat elections, Mid Day
Meal Scheme, MLA schemes, etc. by 22 District Authorities of seven States, namely, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu (statement enclosed). Apart from the above, the Ministry has not received any other complaint regarding diversion of MPLADS funds.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha today he said, the Ministry has not received any report of MPLADS funds being used for payment of honorarium, fuel for official vehicles and travelling expenses of the staff which are presently inadmissible under MPLAS guidelines. 

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