What is the news?
The Finance Minister has said that the funds under the MPLAD scheme (Members of Parliament Local Area Development) Scheme for 2019-20 are clear.
Note: The government of India has decided to make the MPLADS scheme non-operational for two years(2020-21 and 2021-22). These funds will be used to strengthen the Government’s efforts in managing the impact of COVID-19 in the country.
About MPLADs Scheme:
- Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme(MPLADS) is a Central Sector Scheme. It was launched in 1993.
- Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
- Aim: The aim is to provide funds to MPs to execute certain developmental projects in their constituencies.
Note: States have their own version of this scheme with varying amounts per MLA.
Key Features of MPLAD Scheme:
- Under the scheme, an MP receives Rs. 5 crores per annum to identify and fund developmental projects.
- The funds released under the scheme are non-lapsable.
- Non-Lapsable funds should be spent within the current financial year. The next year cannot carry forward these funds.
- The role of the MP is recommendatory in nature. Local authorities carry out the implementation of the project.
- The focus of the scheme is on the creation of durable community assets like roads, school buildings, etc. Further, recommendations for non-durable assets can be made only under limited circumstances.
- Elected Members of Rajya Sabha can recommend works in the state from where they have been elected.
- Nominated Members of both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha can recommend works anywhere in the country.
Source: The Hindu