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Bhartuhari Mahatab tops the list among the 21 Odisha MPs

Bhubaneswar:12/6/18: The Cuttack Lok Sabha member Bhartuhari Mahatab tops the list among the 21 Odisha MPs in the ‘Performance Report Card’ released by the civil society groups.

The parliamentary performance coupled with MPLAD fund utilisation were mainly taken into consideration for evaluating the four year (2014-2018) parliamentary track-record of 21 Lok Sabha members of Odisha, said Bibhu Prasad Sahu of Youth for Social Development.

While Mahatab, Cuttack is ranked 1 with a score of 54.9%, Rama Chandra Hansdah, LS member of Mayurbhanj figured in the bottom with 18.3% crore. Hansdah is in jail for major part of his tenure as an MP following his arrest in ponzy scam.

Only three MPs- Bhartuhari Mahatab, Cuttack (1st rank), Dr. Kulamani Samal (2nd rank), Jagatsinghpur, and Rabindra Kumar Jena, Balasore (3rd rank) fetched evaluation marks of over 50% for their overall performance.

All most all the MPs of Odisha have spent more than 69% of the MPLADS funds except Smt. Rita Tarai, Jajpur (BJD) who only spent 57% of her quota of MPLADS and is a poor performer in this category and Tathagata Satapathy, Dhenkanal (BJD) utilised the highest 116%.

Sector-wise, the railways, roads, pathways and bridges top the list, with nearly 43% of the MPLADs fund being spent on this sector.

MPs with political family background have utilised the highest percentage of MPLAD funds (79%).

Members of Parliament from central region have performed well in terms of ‘overall performance’ and ‘MPLAD fund utilisation’ but MPs from southern and northern region have shown poor utilisation of MPLAD funds and scored average in overall performance.

Only 11 Mps from Odisha MPs could introduce a private member’s bill.

The Odisha MPs could cover only 33 villages under Adarsh Gram scheme against a target 63.

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