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For Saifai, the MP’s funds as state share

In Saifai, a wedding home was being used as a residence for political activists.

Published: February 21, 2014 1:30:35 am

Funds Transfer: From the MP’s local area development funds, Rs 2 crore went as the state government’s share in the cost of building a shed for the Saifai Mahotsava (in Mulayam’s home), notes a third-party audit on MPLAD fund utilisation. This goes against the guidelines. From audit reports accessed by The Indian Express, some of the other findings on Etawah district:

Use of Assets: A shed for farmers in Saifai was “benefiting an individual political leader and his relatives”. Also in Saifai, a wedding home was being used as a residence for political activists; it was built in 2007 with MPLAD funds recommended by Dharmendra Yadav. An interlocking road built with MPLAD funds had an “animal shed and garage permanently constructed…”

Societies, Trusts: When applying for MPLAD funds, these need to submit affidavits that their management and office-bearers don’t include the MP or members of his family. Auditors inspected 17 sample works; only one soceity/trust had submitted such an affidavit, while another was sanctioned funds although one relative of the MP was an office-bearer.

Funding Limit: Trusts/societies cannot get more than Rs 25 lakh from MPLAD funds in a lifetime. S S Memorial Public School (Saifai) got Rs 49.50 lakh, an academy in Dhaulpur Rs 48.57 lakh; a school in Shanti Colony Rs 27.50 lakh; an inter college in Mahewa Rs 28 lakh; a school in Basrehar Rs 39.40 lakh. Most of these were recommended by SP MPs (both Houses) over 15 years: Ramgopal Yadav, Janeshwar Mishra, Raghuraj Shakya, Premdas Katheria, Akhilesh Yadav, Azam Khan.

SC/ST: “District agency has not been strictly enforcing the provision of works allocation of 15 per cent and 7.5 per cent in areas inhabited by SC and ST communities respectively.”

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