Deputy Opposition Leader, SAM BASIL says the DSIP of District Service Improvement Program funds are not being acquitted effectively on how they are changing the lives of people, as most MP’s think it can be used as POCKET MONEY. This was his concern when presenting his 2015 DSIP acquittal report to the Dept of Implementation and Rural Development this week. He claims, MP’s are colluding with service providers and nothing tangible is happening on ground. He has now called on Government to enact a law on PSIP, DSIP and LLGSIP funds to ensure that these grants are recognized as Constitutional Grants under the Organic Law on the Provincial LLG Govt and becomes legal. Mr. Basil who is also the Deputy Opposition Leader said that K10 million DSIP funds should become Constitutional Grants, and K1 million or K500,000 out of that K10 million should become discretionary funds so that MPs can use these grants as discretionary to fund minor programs and activities. “We are duplicating DSIP and DSG funds, our K10 million DSIP funds should be scrutinized like DSG so that you can meet the demands of the people because when you go to districts and LLGs, people expect K1, 000, K500, K200 or so forth dishing cash handouts and this is a bad practise and Illegal, and I don’t agree with this. Since we have already been doing this, DSIP funds should become Constitutional Grants to off-set people’s needs,” he said. He said when DSIP or PSIP including LLGSIP funds become Constitutional Grants, there would be lot of impact projects and programs implemented on the ground such that every MPs are accountable for their action. Basil revealed that SIP monies are being manipulated and misused by both MPs and public servants because currently nobody cares about acquitting of such funds designated for delivering effective basic government services that would really transform the lives of the people.
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