Recently, the cabinet has given approval to restart and continue the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) Scheme.
The Cabinet has approved its continuation for the remaining months of the financial year 2021-22 and for the period of the 15th Finance Commission as well as till the financial year 2025-26.
It is to be noted that in the year 2020, the cabinet had decided not to operate Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) during the financial years 2020-21 and 2021-22 and to keep this amount under the finance ministry to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- MPLADS is a central sector scheme, fully funded by the Government of India. It was started in the year 1993 with the objective of enabling the MPs to suggest and execute development works in their constituencies. The members of Rajya Sabha can recommend works in one or more districts of the State from which they are elected.
- Nominated members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha can choose any one or more districts from any one state of the country for implementation of the work of their interest under this scheme.
- MPs are also required to recommend works each year costing at least 15% of the MPLADS entitlement for areas with Scheduled Caste (SC) population and 7.5% for areas with Scheduled Tribe (ST) population.
- The annual MPLADS Lapse Fund entitlement is Rs 5 crore per MP constituency.
Ministry: Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation.
The work is recommended by the MP to the nodal district authority. Thereafter, the concerned Nodal District Authority is responsible for implementing the recommended works and maintaining the details of the works executed and the amount spent.
Source – PIB