City MPs sit on development funds
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A more detailed look at the break-up of expenditure shows that most MPs spent bulk of their funds on civic issues such as toilets, roads, footpaths, water supply and drainage, followed by other issues such as construction for community development. Little or no money was spent in areas such as community education, health, gardens, solid waste management, crime, public transport and housing.
The study has also assessed the performance of MPs in Parliament from May 2009 to December 2012. While the average attendance of Mumbai MPs has been a decent 79.5 per cent, Kamat's has been the lowest (61 per cent). Also, Kamat has asked only one question. Kamat was a minister between 2009 and 2011, during which period he cannot ask questions on the floor of the house. Gaikwad with 765 questions was the most active Mumbai MP.
Vivek Gilani of MumbaiVotes said while verbal participation in Parliament sessions may not reflect upon an MP's actual performance, it does give a sense of her or his commitment. "It gives citizens an idea about whether the MP is raising issues he promised in his pre-election manifesto," he said.
The departments on which most of the questions were raised included railways; finance; civil aviation; HRD; home affairs and health and family welfare.
The recent changes in the way works are tendered have made the process tedious and complicated. While I have identified this year's as well as next year's work, actual work happened only under the quota where contractors can be appointed directly
A lot of works recommended to government agencies are pending for sanction. Request and need of people in my constituency is reflected in these works but till MHADA accords sanction, work cannot move ahead
The information gathered through RTIs is incomplete as only those works where bills have been produced are termed officially done. In most of my works, bills are pending. I have assigned works for the entire amount and drawn out the plan for 30 per cent of next year's fund