Now Delhi MLAs can use past funds

Staff Reporter

Over 59 crore unspent funds to be thus utilised

Rs.85 lakh to be given per MLA

Bid to make Capital smoke-free

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Cabinet on Wednesday decided to authorise all members of the Legislative Assembly to recommend financing of development works from unreleased and unprocessed MLA Local Area Development Scheme funds pertaining to the years 1994-95 to 2008-09.

This decision would help in utilisation of unspent MLALADS funds amounting to Rs.59.80 crore.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the unspent amount that was lying with the Delhi Government and the Municipal Corporation of Delhi would now be re-allocated at the rate of Rs.85 lakh per MLA to be further released to the executive agencies only after being duly recommended by the newly-elected members of the fourth Delhi Assembly.

The Cabinet also approved a proposal for making Delhi smoke-free by 2010 through a project in collaboration with Bloomberg Global Initiative. The smoke-free Delhi project would be implemented in two years at an estimated cost of Rs.10 crore. While BGI would contribute nearly Rs.4 crore, the Delhi Government would contribute Rs.6 crore.

The Delhi Government has also decided to sign a memorandum of understanding with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, US, for exchange of technical know-how and capacity building in field protocol and installation of air nicotine monitoring devices in several strategic locations and public places in Delhi.

Ms. Dikshit said her government wants the Capital to be smoke-free before the Commonwealth Games-2010 with the intention to protect the citizens from the ill-effects of exposure to tobacco smoke, reduce prevalence of smoking and to honour the right of Delhi’s citizens to breathe clean air.

The Chief Minister also announced that a Delhi Skills Mission Society under the Societies Registration Act would be set up to contribute to Delhi’s development by training people in areas that have high market demand.

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