The Aam Aadmi Party government’s proposal to increase MLA Local Area Development (LAD) fund from Rs 4 crore to Rs 14 crore has been returned by Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung, who has sought a justification for the 250 per cent hike in the funds to be allocated to Delhi’s 70 legislators.
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Sources in the L-G’s secretariat said the proposal had not been rejected but he had returned the file to the elected government seeking answers to queries raised by his office.
The one-time increase of Rs 10 crore in funds was proposed by the AAP government to improve the quality of work undertaken by MLAs in their respective constituencies.
However, sources said, Jung had questioned the use of these funds, observing that no utilisation certificates were produced by the MLAs for projects undertaken by them.
Jung has sought details of various projects undertaken using MLA LAD so far.
Sources said that Jung, while seeking a justification for the increase, also asked the department of urban development to inform him of the practices in other states of the country for allocation and utilisation of MLA funds.
“It’s a major increase of about 250 percent. In some cases, even MPs don’t get such amounts allocated to them. The proposal needs to be examined and, hence, the file has been sent back to the government. It is the public exchequer’s money after all,” a source said.