Thursday, October 08, 2009

DF MLAs top unspent fund list

When it comes to utilising MLA funds, don-turned-politician Arun Gawli of the Akhil Bharatiya Sena (ABS) has spent every penny of the Local Area Development (LAD) funds he received over the last five years. The Congress and the NCP, however, have the highest percentage of funds unspent - 5.7% and 7.6% respectively.

These are just a few of the figures that Praja, an NGO working for good governance, released on Thursday as part of a white paper analysing the various functions undertaken by Mumbai's 34 MLAs. The paper groups the city's MLAs according to the political party they belong to, giving Mumbaikars something to chew over before the elections. Praja's managing trustee, Nitai Mehta, is quick to point out that the NGO is not ranking parties or MLAs, but simply putting out "information that's relevant to citizens''. The data was collected through the laborious process of filing Right to Information (RTI) queries over the last two years.

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