Muslim MPs spent just 17% of constituency fund in 2009-10

By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,

In another shameful revelation, Muslim Members of Indian Parliament have been found doing very little for the people of their constituencies. The Muslim Members of Lok Sabha, the Lower House of Indian Parliament, spent just 16.86% of the annual central government fund for their constituencies in the year 2009-2010.

After exposing before the nation and the community the poor floor performance of Muslim parliamentarians, TwoCircles.net, again first news media to do so, is now going to reveal truth about the performance of these MPs in their respective constituencies. Are Muslim MPs fully utilizing the annual central government fund under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS)? Let’s have a look at the performance of Muslim Lok Sabha Members first.



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For the year 2009-10, a huge sum of Rs 67 crore was released for 30 Lok Sabha constituencies currently represented by Muslim MPs in the country. But they spent only Rs 11.3 crore that is 16.86% of the total fund released.

The data has been provided by the Union Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, the nodal Ministry responsible for policy formulation, release of funds and monitoring the implementation of the MPLADS.

We have already exposed how shameful is their performance on the floor of the Lok Sabha. Since the current 15th Lok Sabha was formed last year after the May elections, we have analyzed their performance in last three sessions – Session July-Aug 2009, Session Nov-Dec 2009 and Session Feb-May 2010 – and found most of them sitting as silent onlookers in the House where issues of people’s interest are discussed. Majority of them did not ask any question in all three sessions.

Under the MPLAD scheme, each MP (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) has power to suggest to the District Collector for works to the tune of Rs.2 crore per annum to be taken up in his/her constituency. The scheme was started in 1993 with Rs 5 lakh for each MP, later it was increased to Rs 1 crore (1994-95 till 1997-98). From 1998-99 onwards the amount has been fixed at Rs 2 crore.

The MPLAD scheme empowers MPs to recommend works of developmental nature for creation of durable community assets and for provision of basic facilities including community infrastructure, based on locally felt needs. Funds for MPLADS, a centrally sponsored scheme fully funded by the Central Government, are released in the form of Grants-in-aid directly to the District Authorities.

According to the rules, works, developmental in nature, based on locally felt needs and always available for the use of the public at large, are eligible under the scheme. Preference under the scheme is given to works relating to national priorities, such as provision of drinking water, public health, education, sanitation, roads, etc. moreover, MPLADS works can be implemented in areas affected by natural calamities like, floods, cyclone, earthquake, drought, Tsunami, etc.

Here arises the million-dollar question: Don’t the Lok Sabha constituencies of Muslim MPs need any of the abovementioned eligible works? Indeed, they need, because most of the Muslim MPs represent areas which lack basic civic amenities like drinking water, health, education, sanitation and roads. But it is their representatives who are just sitting on the funds meant for them.

Now let’s dig into the individual performance of these Muslim Lok Sabha MPs under MPLAD scheme.

There are presently 30 Muslim Lok Sabha MPs. Nine out of these 30 MPs have performed zero as they did not spend even a penny under MPLAD scheme in 2009-2010. These respected MPs are: Shahnawaz Hussain (BJP), Bhagalpur; Smail Hussain Khan (Cong), Barpeta; Sharifuddin Sharriq (National Conference), Baramullah; Farooq Abdullah (National Conference), Srinagar; Shafiqur Rahman Barq (BSP), Sambhal; Mohd Azharuddin (Cong), Moradabad; Asaduddin Owaisi (Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen), Hyderabad; MI Shanavas (Cong), Wayanad; ET Mohammed Basheer (Muslim League), Ponnani.

One name among the zero performers may surprise many. He is Asaduddin Owaisi from Hyderabad. The best performer among Muslim Lok Sabha MPs on the floor of the House in last three sessions Owaisi has not spent a rupee from the fund in 2009-10.

The best performer of all 30 MPs is Abdul Rahman (DMK) from Vellore Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu. A sum of Rs 3 crore was released by the government for his constituency. He recommended works worth Rs 2.40 crore, out of which Rs 2.21 crore was sanctioned and actually Rs 1.75 crore was spent (58.33% of the released amount). The sum of Rs 1.25 crore is lying with the district administration as unspent balance. He is followed by Monazir Hassan (JD-U) from Begusarai constituency in Bihar. The percentage of his performance is 45.33%. Out of Rs 3 crore released to his constituency he could spent only Rs 1.36 crore. At No. 3 is JM Aron Rashee (41.50%) of Congress from Theni Lok Sabha constituency in Tamil Nadu. Out of Rs 2 crore he spent Rs 0.83 crore.

Performance of Muslim MPs in MPLAD in 2009-10 (amount in Crore)

State

MP Dist

Entitlement Amount

Released Amount

Amount Available with Interest

Amount Recommended

Amount sanctioned

Expenditure

% of utilisation over
released fund

Unspent balance

Bihar

Monazir Hassan
BEGUSARAI (JD-U)

4.00

3.00

3.04

2.73

2.04

1.36

45.33

1.68

 

M Asrarul Haque
KISHANGANJ (Cong)

4.00

3.00

3.01

2.60

1.89

0.95

31.67

2.06

 

Shahnawaz Hussain
BHAGALPUR (BJP)

4.00

1.00

1.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

1.00

Assam

Badruddin Ajmal
DHUBRI (AIUDF)

4.00

3.00

3.02

1.00

1.00

0.64

21.33

2.38

 

Smail Hussain Khan
BARPETA (Cong)

4.00

1.00

1.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

1.00

J&K

Hassan Khan
LADAKH (Ind)

4.00

3.00

3.00

1.12

1.11

0.74

24.67

2.26

 

Mirza Mehboob Beg
ANANTNAG (NC)

4.00

1.00

1.00

0.50

0.17

0.01

1.00

0.99

 

Sharief Ud Din Shariq
BARAMULLAH (NC)

4.00

1.00

1.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

1.00

 

Farooq Abdullah
SRINAGAR (NC)

4.00

1.00

1.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

1.00

UP

Salman Khursheed
FARRUKHABAD (Cong)

4.00

3.00

3.00

1.00

0.80

0.07

2.33

2.93

 

Tabassum Begum Hasan
KAIRANA (BSP)

4.00

3.00

3.01

1.10

0.90

0.44

14.67

2.57

 

Zafar Ali Naqvi
KHERI (Cong)

4.00

3.00

3.00

1.29

1.29

0.10

3.33

2.90

 

Kadir Rana
MUZAFFARNAGAR (BSP)

4.00

3.00

3.01

0.70

0.63

0.14

4.67

2.87

 

Shafiqur Rahman Barq
SAMBHAL (BSP)

4.00

1.00

1.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

1.00

 

Kaisar Jahan
SITAPUR (BSP)

4.00

3.00

3.00

1.10

1.04

0.48

16.00

2.52

 

Mohammed Azharuddin
MORADABAD (Cong)

4.00

1.00

1.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

1.00

AP

Asaduddin Owaisi
HYDERABAD (MIM)

4.00

1.00

1.00

0.02

0.01

0.00

0.00

1.00

TN

J. M. Aaron Rashid
THENI (Cong)

4.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

1.76

0.83

41.50

1.17

 

Abdulrahman 
VELLORE (DMK)

4.00

3.00

3.00

2.40

2.21

1.75

58.33

1.25

WB

Sk. Nurul Islam
BASIRHAT (TMC)

4.00

3.00

3.00

2.24

0.97

0.97

32.33

2.03

 

Sk. Saidul Haque
BARDHAMAN-DURGAPUR (CPM)

4.00

3.00

3.01

1.90

1.91

0.43

14.33

2.58

 

Kabir Suman
JADAVPUR (TMC)

4.00

3.00

3.00

1.95

0.95

0.88

29.33

2.12

 

Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury
MALDAHA DAKSHIN (Cong)

4.00

3.00

3.00

1.10

1.10

0.44

14.67

2.56

 

Mausam Noor
MALDAHA UTTAR (Cong)

4.00

2.00

2.00

0.86

0.86

0.10

5.00

1.90

 

Abdul Mannan Hossain
MURSHIDABAD (Cong)

4.00

3.00

3.00

0.93

0.93

0.06

2.00

2.94

 

Ahmed Sultan
ULUBERIA (TMC)

4.00

3.00

3.01

1.99

1.18

0.51

17.00

2.50

Lakshadeep

A. B. Muhammed Hamdulla Sayeed
LAKSHADWEEP(ST) Cong

4.00

2.00

2.00

0.95

0.51

0.25

12.50

1.75

Kerala

M. I. Shanavas
WAYANAD (Cong)

4.00

1.00

1.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

1.00

 

E. Ahamed
MALAPPURAM (Muslim League)

4.00

3.00

3.00

2.68

1.25

0.06

2.00

2.94

 

E. T. Muhammed Basheer
PONNANI (Muslim League)

4.00

1.00

1.00

1.96

0.15

0.00

0.00

1.00

However, no Muslim MPs is in the top three performers in nine states/union territories which have more than one Muslim MPs except J&K where Hasan Khan is top performer with 24.67%. Here it should be noted that out of 6 LS MPs from J&K 4 are Muslims.

Top 3 performers in states which have Muslim MPs

State

MP Dist

Entitlement Amount

Released Amount

Amount Available with Interest

Amount Recommended

Amount sanctioned

Expenditure

% of utilisation over
released fund

Unspent balance

Bihar

Vishwa
Mohan Kumar
SUPAUL

4.00

1.00

1.00

1.23

0.98

0.74

74.00

0.26

 

Radha Mohan Singh
PURVI CHAMPARAN

4.00

1.00

1.00

1.15

0.98

0.53

53.00

0.47

 

Jagada
Nand Singh
BUXAR

4.00

3.00

3.00

2.00

2.00

1.55

51.67

1.45

Assam

Bijoy Krishna Handique
JORHAT

4.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

1.00

100.00

0.00

 

Dip Gogoi
KALIABOR

4.00

2.00

2.00

1.96

1.46

0.92

46.00

1.08

 

Joseph Toppo
TEZPUR

4.00

2.00

2.00

2.00

1.84

0.92

46.00

1.08

J&K

Hassan Khan
LADAKH

4.00

3.00

3.00

1.12

1.11

0.74

24.67

2.26

 

Lal Singh
UDHAMPUR

4.00

2.00

2.00

1.92

1.85

0.19

9.50

1.81

 

Madan Lal Sharma
JAMMU

4.00

3.00

3.00

1.14

0.63

0.20

6.67

2.80

UP

Nirmal Khatri
FAIZABAD

4.00

3.00

3.01

2.01

1.99

1.33

44.33

1.68

 

Jagdish Singh Rana
SAHARANPUR

4.00

3.00

3.01

1.98

1.98

1.28

42.67

1.73

 

Rajendra Agarwal
MEERUT

4.00

3.00

3.00

1.97

1.97

1.26

42.00

1.74

AP

Kristappa Nimmala
HINDUPUR

4.00

3.00

3.01

2.08

1.98

1.48

49.33

1.53

 

Manda Jagannath
NAGARKURNOOL(SC)

4.00

3.00

3.00

1.98

1.98

1.47

49.00

1.53

 

G. Vivekanand
PEDDAPALLE(SC)

4.00

2.00

2.00

1.92

1.68

0.91

45.50

1.09

TN

D. Venugopal
TIRUVANNAMALAI

4.00

3.00

3.00

3.86

2.11

2.00

66.67

1.00

 

M. Krishnasamy
ARANI

4.00

3.00

3.00

2.88

2.00

2.00

66.67

1.00

 

Sankar Adhi
KALLAKURICHI

4.00

3.00

3.00

2.00

1.97

1.97

65.67

1.03

WB

Sisir Kumar Adhikari
KANTHI

4.00

1.00

1.00

1.75

0.95

0.65

65.00

0.35

 

Pulin Bihar Baske
JHARGRAM(ST)

4.00

3.00

3.00

1.43

1.43

1.43

47.67

1.57

 

Nripendra Nath Roy
COOCHBEHAR(SC)

4.00

3.00

3.01

1.61

1.59

1.39

46.33

1.62

Kerala

P. Karunakaran
KASARAGOD

4.00

3.00

3.00

1.52

1.44

0.59

19.67

2.41

 

P. K. Biju
ALATHUR(SC)

4.00

2.00

2.00

1.98

0.89

0.26

13.00

1.74

 

Anto Antony
PATHANAMTHITTA

4.00

3.00

3.00

3.05

1.85

0.14

4.67

2.86

Here we are representing a brief table of performance of Muslim Lok Sabha MPs on the floor of the House in last three sessions. This will help readers to judge these MPs from two angles.

Performance of Muslim MPs in 15th Lok Sabha

Sl. No

Name

Session: July-Aug 2009

Session: Nov-Dec 2009

Session: Feb-May 2010

 

 

No. of questions

Attendance

(26)

No. of questions

Attendance

(21)

No. of questions

Attendance

(32)

1

Abdul
Mannan Hossain(INC)

0

16

0

8

0

15

2

Abdul
Rahman(DMK)

0

22

11

14

30

23

3

Abu
Hasem Khan Choudhury(INC)   

0

20

0

5

0

30

4

Asaduddin
Owaisi(AIMIM)

47

20

42

13

102

22

5

Badruddin
Ajmal(AUDF)

6

18

10

12

24

19

6

Begum
Tabassum Hasan (BSP)

0

21

0

11

0

24

7

Dr.
Mirza Mehboob Beg (NC)

1

21

3

14

0

26

8

Dr.
Monazir Hassan(JDU)

0

25

11

17

0

30

9

Dr.
Farooq Abdullah(NC)

Renewable
Energy Minister

10

E.
T. Muhammed Basheer(ML)

6

23

1

17

40

30

11

E.
Ahamed(ML)

Railway
Minister for state

12

Hassan
Khan (Ind)

0

26

8

17

7

32

13

Ismail
Hussain(INC)

0

25

0

21

0

32

14

 J.M.
Aaroon Rasheed  (INC)

0

18

19

11

64

28

15

Kaisar
Jahan (BSP)

0

12

0

6

0

22

16

Kabir
Suman(TMC)

0

19

0

16

0

10

17

Kadir
Rana (BSP)

0

8

0

6

4

16

18

Mausam
Noor (INC)

0

16

0

4

0

30

19

Mohammed
Azharuddin(INC)

0

21

1

18

0

25

20

M.
I. Shanavas(INC)

0

21

18

18

40

30

21

Mohammad
Asrarul Haque(INC)

0

22

0

20

7

30

22

Muhammed
Hamdulla A. B. Sayeed(INC)

0

26

0

9

7

32

23

Sultan
Ahmed(TMC)

Minister
of State for Tourism

24

Salman
Khurshid(INC)

Minority
Affairs and Corporate Affairs

25

Sharifuddin
Shariq (NC)

1

22

1

19

18

29

26

S.K.
Nurul Islam(TMC)

0

14

0

10

0

16

27

S.K.
Saidul Haque(CMP)

16

25

9

21

16

31

28

Syed
Shahnawaz Hussain(BJP)

0

25

32

21

62

32

29

Shafiqur
Rahman Barq (BSP)

7

25

1

21

9

31

30

Zafar
Ali Naqvi(INC)

0

26

0

6

0

30

MPLAD scheme has the website (http://www.mplads.nic.in/) where information on release of funds, details of works completed, under execution etc., are available.

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