Special Correspondent

Thiruvananthapuram: UDF members in the City Corporation Council staged a dharna in front of the Corporation office at Palayam on Monday to protest against the delay in disbursing Plan fund assistance to poor families.

Inaugurating the dharna, DCC president V.S. Sivakumar termed the government’s contention that local bodies had disbursed 80 per cent of the Plan funds an attempt to hoodwink the public.

“The delay in disbursing assistance demonstrates the abject failure of the administrative machinery,” he said.

Fund utilisation

Mr. Sivakumar alleged that the LDF-ruled Corporation had failed to utilise the funds sanctioned by the Union government for urban development under the Jawharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and other schemes.

“The government and the Corporation are sitting on proposals worth crores of rupees,” he said.

UDF council party leader Johnson Joseph and councillors Veli Varghese, Beemapally Rashid, Anilkumar, Nedumam Mohan, Ajikumar, Philomina Rani, Badarunnisa, Sylvi Mathew, Sheeba Justin and Biju Harikumar participated in the dharna.