UP Cong leader gives bulk of development fund to his family’s school, college

Pramod Tiwari

Last month, when the state government barred legislators from disbursing funds from the Vidhayak Nidhi — the MLAs' local area development fund — to institutions run by them or their family members, Congress leader Pramod Tiwari was most critical of the decision, terming it as "against the rights of MLAs".

Now, an RTI filed by The Indian Express has revealed that Tiwari sanctioned over Rs 1.40 crore from his Vidhayak Nidhi to a school run by him — Intermediate College, Sangramgarh — and a college run by his daughter — Saryu Indira Mahavidyalaya, Sangramgarh — in the last five years.

While Tiwari, the Congress MLA from Rampur, is the manager of Intermediate College, Sangramgarh, his daughter, Aradhana Mishra, is the manager of Saryu Indira Mahavidyalaya, Sangramgarh.

n In 2007-08, Tiwari sanctioned a total of Rs 1.23 crore from his Vidhayak Nidhi, of which Rs 25 lakh was given to Intermediate College, Sangramgarh, for "construction of rooms".

n In 2008-09, he sanctioned a total of Rs 1.19 crore from his Vidhayak Nidhi. Of this, Rs 25 lakh was given to Saryu Indira Mahavidyalaya, Sangramgarh, and Rs 2.5 lakh to Intermediate College, Sangramgarh.

n In 2009-10, a total of Rs 1.21 crore was released from Tiwari's Vidhayak Nidhi, of which Rs 25 lakh was given to Saryu Indira Mahavidyalaya and Rs 5 lakh to Intermediate College, Sangramgarh.

In 2010-11, a total of Rs 1.13 crore was released from Tiwari's Vidhayak Nidhi, of which Saryu Indira Mahavidyalaya received Rs 25 lakh and Intermediate College, Sangramgarh, got Rs 5 lakh.

n In 2011-12, Tiwari sanctioned a total of Rs 48.54 lakh from his Vidhayak Nidhi, of which Rs 25 lakh was given to Saryu Indira Mahavidyalaya and Rs 3.30 lakh to Intermediate College, Sangramgarh.

While MLAs were earlier allotted a total of Rs 1.25 crore per year as their Vidhayak Nidhi, the amount was increased to Rs 1.50 crore per year in 2012.

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