The Kochi Post recently published a story on the amount utilised under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) by the Members of Parliament (MPs) from Kerala in the 16th Lok Sabha. The data we have published clearly shows that Innocent, MP from Chalakudy constituency, has utilised the least amount of funds. He has only used 29.53 % of the total amount available. The amount recommended by the MP was Rs. 10.65 crore and the district authority granted Rs. 9.12 crore.
The Kochi Post approached Mr. Innocent to find out in detail regarding the same and he said, “There are people who have used lesser funds than me. Shashi Tharoor, Rakesh (The Kochi Post believes that he is referring to M.B. Rajesh) and P.K. Biju (Alathur) are behind me in fund usage. I have used 43% funds.”
The Kochi Post reminded him that the data was taken from the official website of MPLADS. Then the answer from the MP was, “Maybe the data is old and sometimes only after the opening or completion of projects, the actual data is shown. Some of the projects completed are waiting to get sanction from the Chief Minister,” Mr. Innocent added.