Telangana government recently announced its plan of a special development fund for both the chief minister and other cabinet ministers. While the CM gets a whopping Rs 5,000 crore special fund, each minister would be given Rs 25 crore each year. But the fact is that the MLAs are constantly failing in utilizing funds for development of assembly constituencies.
The MLAs in the state on an average are only using 30% to 40% of the funds available to them. More over, barring a couple of ministers, others have not been able to spend their allocated funds in the financial year. In the budgets of 2014-15 and 2015-16, MLAs and MLCs were given 3 Crore.
However MLAs say that district collectors reject many proposals sent by MLAs as they do not come under the designated schemes. They also complain that collectors do not guide the MLAs, especially the newly elected legislators on the proposals. Further they allege that they are not informed about the status of the work unless called for a meeting.