‘Have properly utilised MPLAD funds, left with Rs 5 crore for coming fiscal’

Union Minister and Ludhiana MP Manish Tewari Saturday clarified that his Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds have been utilised properly and only Rs 5 crore is left for the coming financial year. As per data available from statistical department, Tewari had utilised the minimum amount of funds among all Punjab MPs.

Tewari said: "All the funds have been utilised properly, but the delay has been in collecting the utilisation certificates from organisations to whom the funds had been given. This is to be done by the district administration and even the organisations also need to be sincere enough to deposit the certificates."

According to the Union minister, funds had been distributed fully, and only few of the certificates are yet to be deposited with the Centre, which he expects will be done by the end of this financial year. "The entire fund of this year will be utilised by March 31 and for the coming financial year only Rs 5 crore will be left in MPLAD fund. So there is no question of less distribution of funds," he added. As per Tewari, he will have distributed over Rs 14 crore by the end of this financial year.

Will only contest from Ludhiana

Putting speculations to rest of where he will contest, Tewari said: 'Ludhiana is the only constituency from where I will like to contest the next elections provided the party gives me a ticket." Tewari rubbished rumours which said that he is no longer interested in Ludhiana and may seek ticket from some other constituency in 2014 Lok Sabha elections.

"Love showered by Ludhiana residents pulls me towards them to serve them again and again," he added.

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