Thursday, October 22, 2009

Democracy decays without people's vigilance

In India Every MP (Member of Parliament) is given Rs. 2 crore (Usually released in 2 equal parts) but nobody is using any of of it. Thanks to RTI (Right To Information Act which is very new in India) and (A website where MPs Local Area Development funds allocation and usage is shown for the public) we now know who is using how much? Visit the web-site and you will find that although 1 crore has been released to almost all MPs (for spending in 6 months in the field of Local Area Development), no body has allocated any funds for any purpose.

The "Released/Expenditure" webpage is beautifully broken up in several statements, Click on "Released/Expenditure State-wise Details for 15th Lok Sabha MPs" and enter the amazing world of inactive MPs. Going by the election promises, I was expecting that they might have expended the whole amount in weeks. Add to that; The promise of using these funds for helping drought affected rural population.

The report has columns like :
  • Entitlement of Constituency(Rs.Crore)
  • Released by G.O.I.(Rs.Crore)
  • Amount available with interest (Rs.Crore)
  • Amount Recommended (Rs.Crore)
  • Amount Sanctioned(Rs.Crore)
  • Expenditure Incurred (Rs.Crore)
  • Percent of Utilisation Over Released
  • Unspent Balance(Rs.Crore)

You would find 2.00 in first column, 1.00 in 2nd, 3rd column and 1.0 in last column.

At a first glimpse it would look like the page has not been updated.
But thanks to the following MPs (Yes. I can name them all, they are that few) who have some other values (utilization etc) against them.

  • Harsimrat Kaur Badal-BHATINDA-Punjab
  • Kavuri Sambasiva Rao -ELURU-AP
  • Mohammad Asrarul Haque-KISHANGANJ-Bihar

Couple of MPs have recommended but utilization not yet reported:
Ganeshrao Nagorao Dudhgaonkar -PARBHANI -Maharashtra
Guddu Premchand UJJAIN(SC)-Madya Pradesh

Out of 543 MPs, 3 could show some progress and 2 more can show some allocation. Debating the proper usage is a far cry kind of scenario as they don't even report to the authorities.

A clear show of utter disrespect to the concept of being accountable to the people.

Is this height of Mal-governance? Does n't this prove, Democracy decays without people's vigilance

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