ASSEMBLY QUESTIONS

Starred Questions

Question No. Session Subject
S6839(Starred) Rajya Sabha Budget Session,2007
How much amount has been spent for computerisation in schools under MPLAD Scheme during 2006-07 ?
11897(Starred) Lok Sabha Budget Session,2007
Implementation of MPLAD Scheme
11624(Starred)
Lok Sabha Budget Session,2006
Irregularities in MPLADS
7452(Provisional Starred) Lok Sabha Budget Session-2006
Constitution of District Planning Committees in the State of Punjab.
1620(Starred)
During State Assembly Budget Session ,2006
Per capita income of the State from 2000-01 to 2004-05

1548 (Starred)

12 Vidhan Sabha-11th Session-2006

Regarding allocation of Rs.5.00 crores to all MLA’s for development works in State.

885 (Starred)

12 Vidhan Sabha -2nd Session-2004

Regarding distribution of funds by District Planning and Development Board, Hoshiarpur.

614 (Starred)

12 Vidhan Sabha-5th Session-2003

Regarding meetings of District Planning and Development Board, Gurdaspur held from March, 2002 to date and work done.

361 (Starred)

12 Punjab Vidhan Sabha-Agami Session-2003.

Criteria regarding nomination of members of District Planning and Development Boards in the state.

299(Starred)

12 Punjab Vidhan Sabha-Agami Session-2003.
Constitution of District Planning Committees

Starred Rajya Sabha Question No. S6839

Will the Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation be pleased to state;

(a) whether there are delays reported in implementing MPLAD Scheme whenever schools are directed to be given computers for students for their learning; and
(b) how much amount has been spent for computerisation in schools under MPLAD Scheme during 2006-07?


Reply:

(a) No delay has been reported in implementation of the works where ever funds were given to schools for computers for students for their learning.

(b) Rs.9.75 lac has been spent for computerisation in schools under MPLAD Scheme during 2006-07.


Starred Lok Sabha Question No. 11897

Lok Sabha Starred Question Dy.No.11897 regarding ‘Implementation of MPLAD Scheme’.

Will the Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation be pleased to State:

            (a) whether the Government has received complaints from various corners including Members of Parliament for not following the Guidelines by various State Governments particularly Rajasthan,. Madhya Pradesh in respect of implementation of MPLAD Schemes;
            (b) if so, details of complaints received and remedial measures/fresh guidelines issued or proposed to be issued for proper utilization of the funds released in the MPLAD Scheme;
            (c) whether Divisional Commissioners are not also hold meetings with MPs/Officers as stipulated in the guidelines; and
            (d) action taken in this regard? 
It is requested  furnish the material for part (c) and (d) of the said question.


Reply:
            (c) No. No meetings are held at the level of Divisional Commissioners since they have not yet been empowered.  Somehow this provision in the guidelines has escaped the attention of State Govt.  However, MPLAD Scheme is being regularly reviewed at the level of Chief Secretary with Deputy Commissioner & MPs.  Four meetings have been held so for since the issuance of new guidelines in November, 2005.  For this purpose, a State Committee headed by CS on MPLADS has also been constituted with all DCs as it members and all MPs as special invitees.

           (d) State Govt. will very soon empower the Divisional Commissioners to review the MPLADS implementation progress & guide the district authorities.


Starred  Assembly Question No.614

Meeting of District Planning & Development Board, Assembly Gurdaspur Captain Balbir Singh Bath, MLA

Will the Finance and Planning Minister, Punjab be pleased to State the number of meetings of District Planning and Development Board, Gurdaspur held from March, 2002 to date together with the details of work done therein?


Reply            Sh. Lal Singh, Finance & Planning Minister, Punjab

The Statement containing the number of meetings held by the District Planning and Development Board, Gurdaspur is placed on the table of the House as per Statement-I. The detail of works done by the District Planning and Development Board, Gurdaspur is placed on the table of the House as per Statement-II and Statement- III.
                                                                  Date of receipt 25/11/03


Starred Assembly Question No.361

Members in the  District Planning & Development Boards Sh.Tikshan Sood, MLA

Will the Finance and Planning Minister, Punjab be pleased to State the criteria adopted by the Govt. for nominating members in the newly constituted District Planning and Development Board in the State.


Reply             Sh. Lal Singh, Finance & Planning Minister, Punjab

The notfication dated 4th July, 2002 for nominating members in the District Planning and Development Boards is placed on the table of the House as per Statement-I. This notification was later partially modified vide notification dated 21st Feb., 2003 which is placed on the table of the House as Statement-II.


Starred AssemblyQuestion No.1620

Sardar  Manpreet Singh Badal,M.L.A

Will the Finance Minister be pleased to state the Per Capita Income in the State during the years from 2000-01 to 2004-05  together with the position of  State in the country in this regard?

Reply:        Sh. Surinder Singla, Finance and Planning Minister, Punjab

Per Capita Income in Punjab during the years 2000-01 to 2004-05 together with the position of Punjab in the country is as follow:-

Year
Per Capita Income at constant prices(base (1993-94) in Rs. Position of the State

2000-01

15071

3rd

2001-02

15308

3rd

2002-03

15407

4th

2003-04  (Provisional)  

16119

5th

2004-05
(Quick estimates)

16756

Not available


Provisional Starred Question Dy.No. 11624                       

Sh. V.K.Thummar, Smt. Sangeeta Kumari Singh DEO, Sh. M.Appadurai

Will the Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation be pleased to State:

  1. Number and details of complaints of irregularities of funds under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS).
  2. The details of the action taken by the State Government against the officers on the basis of such complaints during the last three years; and
  3. The steps taken by the State Govt. of check  misutilization of funds and to ensure implementation of the projects/works under the scheme.

Reply:

(I) Complaints of Irregularities under MPLADS in Punjab      

  1. Dy.Commissioner Hoshiarpur has received a complaint from   Sh. Varinder Singh Bajawa, MP(Rajya Sabha) regarding non completion of MPLADS works by Executive Officer, Municipal Council, Hoshiarpur in time.
  2. Block Development & Panchayat  Officers Hoshiarpur-2, Talwara, Mahilpur and Gharshankar have complained that 11 MPLADS works were not executed properly by the concerned executive agencies (Sarpanch concerned Gram Panchayats).

(II)   Action taken on the complaints

  1. Executive Officer, Municipal Council, Hoshiarpur has been directed to complete the works without further delay.
  2. Actions have been initiated against these executing agencies as per Govt. Instructions & efforts are being made to recoup the misutilized  funds.

(III)  Steps taken by State Govt. to check misutilisation of funds

State Govt. has taken the following steps to check misutilisation of funds and to ensure implementation of projects/ works under the scheme.

  1. MPLAD Scheme is reviewed at regular intervals by the Chief Secretary Punjab in the meeting of Deputy Commissioners.
  2. Secretary Planning  reviews the scheme at regular intervals.
  3. Deputy Commissioners review the scheme within their respective districts  every month.
  4. District level  officers  have been  assigned the task of physical inspection of MPLADS works by Deputy Commissioners.
  5. Information  regarding year-wise pending UC’s in respect of each MP is being  monitoring by the State Govt.
  6. Data of MPLADS works is regularly entered in the software provided by Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
  7. Regular follow up action is being taken on the CAG observations regarding MPLADS.
  8. Punjab Govt. has got  the MPLAD Scheme evaluated  from Economic & Statistical Organisation, Punjab whose recommendations have been circulated to all the DC’s in the State for necessary follow up action.

Starred Assembly Question No. 885          

Disbursement of Development Fund by District Planning and Development Board, Hoshiarpur.
Sh. Sohan Singh Thandal, MLA:-

 Will the Finance and Planning Minister, be pleased to state  whether the government has constituted any Planning Board for the development of District Hoshiarpur, if so, the number of meetings held by the said board during the year 2003 and 2004 to date together with the constituency-wise details of funds disbursed by it during the preceding financial year?


Reply  

Sh. Lal Singh, Finance and Planning Minister, Punjab

Yes, District Planning & Development Board, Hoshiarpur has been constituted. Only one meeting of the Board was held from 2003 till date. The constituency-wise distribution of funds during 2003- 04  is given below:-

Sr.No
Name of the constituency

 

1.

Garhshankar

170.02

2.

Mahilpur

166.97

3.

Hoshiarpur

222.87

4.

Sham Churasi

131.56

5.

Garhdiwala

176.53

6.

Tanda

173.42

7.

Dasuya

192.52

8.

Mukerian

158.36

 

Total:

1392.25


Starred Assembly Question No.1548   

MLA LOCAL AREA DEVELOPMENT FUNDMLA LOCAL AREA DEVELOPMENT FUND

Will the Finance Minister be pleased to State whether there is any proposal under consideration of the Government to allocate Rs. 5crore each to all Members of the Punjab Legislative Assembly for development purposes in the their respective constituencies, if so, the details thereof ?

                    Sh. Surinder Singla, Finance & Planning Minister, Punjab

                    No, Sir 


Revised Starred Assembly Question No. 290

Constitution of District Planning and Development Boards Sh.Bir Devinder Singh MLA and Sh.Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal MLA

Will the Finance and Planning Minister, Punjab be pleased to State:-              

  1. The district-wise composition of Planning Boards constituted by the Government in the State together with the date of constitution thereof;
  2. Whether necessary funds have been made available to the respective Planning Boards;
  3. The number of meetings held by each of the said Plan ning Boards


Reply Sh. Lal Singh, Finance & Planning Minister, Punjab

The notification dated 4th July, 2002 containing the composition of the District Planning and Development Boards is placed on the table of the House as Statement-I. This notification was later partially modified vide notification dated 21st Feb., 2003 which is placed on the table of the house as Statement-II.

  • Yes Sir.
  • The Statement containing the number of meetings held by the District Planning and Development Boards in the State is placed on the table of the House as Statement-III.

Lok Sabha Provisional Starred Question, Dairy No. 7452 regarding Constitution of District Planning Committees in the State of Punjab.

Reply        As per the Clause 243 ZD of the 74th constitutional Amendment, 1992, District Planning Committees  are to be constituted in each State of the country for the purpose of preparing a Draft Development Plan at the grass root level. In compliance with the said Constitutional Amendment, the Govt. of Punjab has also decided to constitute the District Planning Committees in each district of the State. The Punjab District Planning Committees Bill, 2005 has been passed by the Vidhan Sabha on 14-10-05, which is under publication. A copy of the same is enclosed (ANNEXURE A). Rules for carrying out the purposes of this Act are under consideration of the State Government. As soon as these are finalized, the District Planning Committees will be notified in all the districts of the state.


Unstarrred Questions

Question No.
Session
Subject
13th  Vidhan Sabha-2007-08
District-wise details of funds disbursed and utilized, separately, under Punjab Nirman Programme in the State during the financial year 2006-07
13th  Vidhan Sabha-2007-08
The total amount of funds disbursed to Panchayats, Youth clubs and Mahila Mandals in Block Nihalsinghwala, district Moga under Punjab Nirman Programme
Lok Sabha 13-12-2006
Role of MPs in Centrally Sponsored Development Schemes

Unstarred Assembly Question No. 22

Vidhan Sabha Unstarred Assembly Question No. 22 S. Lal  Singh, MLA:-

(a) the district-wise details of funds disbursed and utilized, separately, under Punjab Nirman Programme in the State during the financial year 2006-07.

(b) whether it a fact that the utilization of the outstanding amounts out of those referred to in part (a) above has since been stopped, if so, the reasons therefore?


Reply

(a) The districtwise detail of funds disbursed and utilized under Punjab Nirman Programme in the State during 2005-06 & 2006-07 is placed at Annexure-A.            
(b) No, Sir. The state government vide its instructions dated 22/3/2007 (copy enclosed) asked all the Deputy Commissioners to deposit unutilized funds of Punjab Nirman Programme in the Government Treasury in keeping with the accounting procedure of the government.  However, it was made clear that ongoing works would not be stopped and the amount required for completing the ongoing works would be re-allocated to the districts during the year 2007-08.  The works are still in progress and the amount available with the districts is being utilized.


Unstarred Assembly Question No. 39       

Vidhan Sabha Unstarred Assembly Ques tion No. 39 S. Ajit Singh Shant, MLA:-

 (a) The total amount of funds disbursed to Panchayats, Youth clubs and Mahila Mandals in Block Nihalsinghwala, district Moga under Punjab Nirman Programme;  

(b) Whether the funds mentioned in part (a) above have since been utilized ; if not, the reasons therefore?


Reply

(a) An amount of Rs. 425.61 lacs (Rs. 393.95 lacs to Panchayats, Rs. 14.18 lacs for Youth clubs and Rs. 17.48 for Mahila Mandals) has been disbursed in block Nihalsinghwala, district Moga under Punjab Nirman Programme during 2005-06 & 2006-07.   
(b) An amount of Rs. 233.57 lacs has been utilized by the Panchayats(including Rs 1.80 lac and Rs 0.45 lac pertaining to Youth clubs and Mahila Mandals respectively) up to 31-5-07 and the balance amount available is being utilized by the executing agencies. Shortfall in utilization  is mainly due to the imposition of Model Code of Conduct as most of the funds were released in Dec, 2006.


Unstarred Question No. 2925

Lok Sabha Unstarred Question No.2925 ‘Role of MPs in Centrally Sponsored Development Schemes’.

Will the Minister of Statistics and Programme Implementation to be pleased to State:

(a) the role of Members of Parliament in the Centrally Sponsored development schemes to be implemented in the States;
(b) the number of schemes in operation for the development of the States;
(c) whether the State Government of Punjab has sought the recommendations and suggestions of certain MPs in this regard;
(d) if so, the details thereof, and
(e) if not,  the action proposed to be taken against the persons found guilty in this regard?
It is requested  furnish the material for part (c) to (e) of the said question.


Reply:
           
(c) Recommendations and Suggestions of certain MPs – The recommendations and Suggestions of MPs are not sought specifically for Centrally Sponsored Schemes. However they have three kinds of roles as mentioned below:

       (1)  MPLAD scheme is cent percent centrally sponsored scheme and entire money is released on the recommendations of MPs themselves.
       (2) Ministry of Rural Development vide their letter dated 9/11/2004 has re-constituted Vigilance and Monitoring Committees for Rural Development Programmes in all districts of Punjab.  Sh. Avinash Rai Khanna is MP Lok Sabha from Hoshiarpur and in Hoshiarpur the committee is headed by Sh. Charanjit Singh Atwal, Deputy Speaker, Lok Sabha.  This committee has been holding its meeting and the meeting held since 9/11/2004 are – 15/7/2005, 14/7/2006 & 13/11/2006.  The Programmes of Rural Development are monitored and effective steps are suggested for proper implementation of the programmes by these committees.
       (3) There are some other centrally sponsored schemes like Swaran Jayanti Gram Swa Rozgar Yojana, Integrated waste land Development Project, Indira Awas Yojana, Sampooran Grameen Rozgar Yojana, National Old Age Pension & Nutrition in respect of which the funds are released by the State Government through the District Planning & Developments Boards (DP&DBs).  All the members of Parliament are ex-officio members of these Boards.  The District Board not only sanction funds for various schemes but they also monitor the utilization and implementation of the schemes.
(d) The meetings of District Vigilance Committee constituted by the Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India were held on 15/7/2005, 14/7/2006 & 13/11/2006.  The meetings of District Planning & Development Boards were held in Hoshiarpur district on 19/1/2005, 5/8/2005, 16/12/2005, 1/2/2006 & 14/7/2006.
(e) No case has been brought to the notice of Planning Department about ignoring the recommendations/suggestions of the MPs and therefore the question of taking any action does not arise.