MPLAD Scheme restored

Union Cabinet restored the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) scheme on November 10, 2021, citing economic recovery.

Highlights

  • This scheme was suspended in April 2020 and its funds were subsumed in the consolidated fund of India.
  • It was suspended for two financial years that is, 2020-21 and 2021-22.
  • However, as the covid-19 pandemic situation has improved and economy is recovering, Government announced a partial rollback.
  • Till further announcement, MPs will get Rs 2 crore annually, instead of approved Rs 5 crore.

What is the MPLAD Scheme?

The MPLAD scheme was launched in 1993. It enables Members of Parliament (MPs) to recommend development works within their constituencies. The scheme emphasis on creation of durable community assets on the basis of locally felt need. Durable assets of national priorities and community needs include primary education, drinking water, roads, public health and sanitation etc.

Which ministry implement this scheme?

In the initial phases, scheme was under the control of Ministry of Rural Development and Planning. However, it was transferred to the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation in October, 1994.

Provisions of the scheme

  • Under MPLADS scheme, MPs are entitled to spend Rs 5 crore annually.
  • MPLAD funds can also be used to implement schemes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana, Accessible India Campaign (Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan) and conservation of water through rain water harvesting etc.

What is MLALADS Scheme?

On the line of MPLADS, several states have launched schemes called Member of Legislative Assembly Local Area Development Scheme (MLALADS). Under this scheme, funds are given to MLAs.

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