Hundred of Member of Parliaments (MPs) from across the country have contributed an amount of Rs 43.66 crore from the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund for the restoration and rehabilitation works in flood-affected areas of Kerala.
Out of the total MPs, 56 MPs are from the Rajya Sabha, who have contributed nearly Rs 29.82 crore while the rest Rs 13.84 crore came from 44 Lok Sabha members.
In the month of August an appeal was issued by D. V. Sadananda Gowda, Minister of Statistics Programme Implementation, to all MPs to contribute from their MPLADS fund for the restoration and rehabilitation work in the flood hit state.
Kerala government has opened a separate bank account to receive the amount from MPLADS fund.
According to guideline under the scheme, an MP can contribute upto Rs 1 crore from MPLADS fund for rehabilitation works in affected areas.
AK Antony, Amar Singh, KTS Tulsi, Prem Chand Gupta, Suresh Prabhu and M J Akhbar are among the 30 MPs who have contributed Rs 1 crore. 12 MPs contributed Rs 50 lakh or more and 12 MPs contributed Rs. 25 lakh and rest of the MPs has contributed between Rs 1 lakh to less than Rs 25 lakh.