Appointed to the Upper House in 2012-13, Sachin Tendulkar chose Suburban Mumbai as his area of work. But has already wasted two terms of MPLADS fund allocation with the almost completion of current financial year. Renowned film actress Rekha was also appointed to the Rajya Sabha at the same time. Even she failed to find any kind of activity to use the five crore per year fund. In fact, she did not even choose a place where she would like to focus her fund allocation.
Among such shockers from earlier times, Lata Mangeshkar, Kuldip Nayar, Mrinal Sen, Cho Ramaswamy, C Narayan Reddy did not allocate even a rupee to park building, footpath making, protection of water bodies or any such community building, infrastructure creation activity for their chosen constituency. An unexpected shocker would be Ex RBI governor C Ranga Rajan also featuring in this list!
There have been many complaints of MPLADS funds being misused and being misdirected. Many leaders have asked for the scheme to be scrapped or changed. MP Murli Deora has written to the PM some time back asking for using these funds in a different manner. News like this definitely calls for a new mechanism for better utilization of the scheme.