Visakhapatnam

Move to bring transparency in MPLADS spending

In a novel initiative, MP K. Haribabu on Monday invited suggestions from a cross-section of society, including NGOs, PSUs and academics, on spending from MP Local Area Development Fund. He stated that taking up big, long-term projects, will help solve chronic problems facing various sections of the society.

He said spending funds in a transparent manner without giving scope for corruption would also help continue the scheme, under which each MP gets Rs.5 crore a year, in view of the debate on whether to continue it or not.

Gujarat witnessed high drop out rate among girls between 10 and 14 years of age owing to lack of toilets in schools. The Naredra Modi Government at that time took up construction of toilets finding a solution, the MP said. Mr. Haribabu said various organisations should come together for provision of furniture etc in schools instead of a piece-meal approach. Municipal schools constructed in the city in 1990s languished without facilities like toilets or furniture.

The workshop on MPLAD scheme was organised by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.

Andhra University Vice-Chancellor G.S.N. Raju lauded taking the view of various sections view on MPLAD implementation.

Anakapalle MP Muttamsetti (Avanthi) Srinivasa Rao wanted spending under the scheme to address BPL population. Government universities and educational institutions should be strengthened as majority still studied in them, he said pointing the thriving of private universities.

Describing education as leveller that still created various levels, former Vice-Chancellor of Andhra University Koneru Ramakrishna Rao suggested setting up of pre-schools and talent schools. While creating infrastructure was government’s responsibility, there should be devolution of control involving local people. Another former vice-chancellor K.V. Ramana pointed out delay in completion of projects and the need for public contribution.

Former principal of AU College of Engineering R.V. Rama Rao said no money should be spent on fund-rich mission programmes. Kishore Kumar of Rotary wanted support for universal literacy programmes.

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