Kosi flood relief appeal fails to move MPs

Last Updated: Sun, Aug 16, 2009 05:08 hrs

New Delhi: The appeal of presiding officers of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to MPs to contribute to Kosi flood relief from their local area development funds last year generated a lukewarm response from members of the Lower House while it was a shade better in the Upper House.

The appeal of Lok Sabha speaker seeking contribution from MP's Local Area Development (MPLAD) Fund for reconstruction works after the Kosi flood last year elicited response from just 155 of the total strength of 545 members, which is about 28 per cent.

The response of Rajya Sabha members was slightly better with 149 of the 250 members coming forward to chip in the reconstruction projects in flood-affected regions of Bihar, the data from Ministry of Statistics and Program implementation suggests.

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