Karnataka lose MP Local Area Development Fund: MP

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Bangalore, Nov 5 (UNI) Lack of a dedicated implementing and monitoring agency in Karnataka resulted in the state being denied Rs 200 crore under MP Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) during the last five years, Canara Lok Sabha Member Ananthkumar Hegde said here today.

No money had been released to Karnataka during 2006-07 under the scheme as it had not sent the utilisation certificates issued by the concerned authorities.

In a chat with reporters Mr Hegde, who represents Canara Parliament segment, said inordinate delay in the submitting utilisation and audit certificates by Deputy Commissioners had led to the huge loss to the state, he said.

MP's in Karnataka had brought this to the notice of the Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa and the latter had promised to look into the matter, he said.

Stressing the need for a separate and dedicated state agency, he said this would help ensure regular flow of funds. "In the absence of such agency state stand to lose heavily" he said.

Replying to questions Mr Hegde said that all Centrally funded schemes should be brought under a single supervising and monitoring agency. The Chief Minister favoured setting up of such a agency, he added.

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