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MPLAD funds for church works? Centre questions AP

MPLAD funds for church works? Centre questions AP

The Central government has taken seriously the reports that the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) funds are being misused by the state government for construction and repairs of churches and other such religious activities.

In a letter written to Principal Secretary, Planning department of Andhra Pradesh government a few days ago, deputy director of Union ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MPLADS division) pointed out to the reports of non-adherence of guidelines on MPLADS.

The letter was written on a direction from the Prime Minister’s Office on November 1, asking the ministry to follow up the matter with state government and calling for a timely reply regarding misuse of MPLADS funds in Andhra Pradesh.

The ministry asked the state government to look into the complaints on misuse of MPLADS funds and furnish a detailed factual report or Action Taken Report.

“The matter may be taken up on an urgent basis and timely furnish a Detailed Factual Report/Action Taken Report to this Ministry to enable us to submit a report on this matter to Prime Minister Office,” the deputy director said.

The complaint to the PMO was made by rebel YSR Congress MP from Narasapuram Kanumuru Raghurama Krishnam Raju. He alleged that Bapatla MP Nandigam Suresh had spent Rs 40 lakh on the repairs and construction of churches.

He said the funds should be used only for taking up developmental works in the constituency under special circumstances. But the MP had used the funds for Christian religious purposes and construction of churches. He even suspected that the funds were being used for religious conversions.


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