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MPs risk losing out on CDF allocations

Published:Wednesday | February 6, 2013 | 12:00 AM

 Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter

PARLIAMENT'S CONSTITUENCY Development Fund (CDF) committee is bracing itself for a flood of projects from members of parliament (MPs) next Tuesday, the final day for submissions of projects for the 2012-2013 financial year.

The Gleaner understands that some MPs have been delinquent in submitting projects and could run the risk of losing some of the $15 million allocated to them this year.

Informed sources indicate that at least two MPs in western Jamaica have been lax in preparing and submitting projects for their constituencies to the CDF Unit.

During yesterday's meeting of the parliamentary committee in Gordon House, executive director of the CDF Unit, Moveta Munroe, pointed out that a "flood" of projects were expected next week.

"We have sent out three communications dealing with this issue and the officers are still massaging members of parliament to get their projects in, so I am just thinking that next week we may have an abnormal number of projects coming in," she said.

should be responsible

However, committee member Everald Warmington charged that responsible MPs should not be reminded about carrying out their duties to assist persons in their constituencies.

"They ought to be responsible enough to represent their constituency and if they don't and lose these funds, then the constituents should penalise those members of parliament," Warmington stressed.

Another committee member, Denise Daley, vowed not to sign off of any project after next week's deadline.

In his comments, committee member Dr Dayton Campbell said while he was not supporting an extension of the deadline to submit projects, he believed a reminder from the CDF Unit to first-time MPs about the cut-off time to submit projects was an appropriate decision.