Aam Aadmi Party on Tuesday demanded to allocate Rs three crore annually to each MLA of state under Local Area Development Fund. Addressing the media at Chandigarh, AAP MLAs Aman Arora, H S Phoolka and others demanded from government to pass the MLA Local Area Development Fund Bill 2017 in coming session of Vidhan Sabha.Aman Arora said that MLA Local Area Development Fund has been introduced in many states which is similar to that of MPLAD Fund introduced by Union government in 1993. He demanded that fund of Rs three crore per constituency must be provided in the state’s Plan Budget every year to meet the demands of the people of Vidhan Sabha.Arora said that at present along with Members of Parliament, MLAs of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Delhi etc are getting Rs two to four crore fund under MLA Local Area Development Fund but the concept has not implemented in Punjab. He said that Delhi Vidhan Sabha has passed the bill to raise the fund to Rs 14 crore that is awaiting the nod of Lieutenant General of Delhi. Arora said that he has written a letter to the Speaker of Vidhan Sabha in this regard to seek his permission to introduce private member bill in coming session of Vidhan Sabha. He also requested MLAs of Congress, BJP and SAD to support the bill for the overall development of the state. He said that with passage of bill, the disparity in spending funds in specified constituencies will end.Phoolka said that it is shoking to know that no private member bill has been introduced in Vidhan Sabha in last 15 years. He said that Captain Amarinder Singh who used to accuse the previous government for step-motherly treatment to the constituencies related to members of opposition parties must avail the opportunity to fill the gap. He said that the implementation of bill is the need of the hour for the overall development of the state.
For more news updates Follow and Like us on Facebook