New Delhi: The Union Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to continuation of Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) till the term of the 14th Finance Commission till 31 March 2020.
The decision to continue with MPLADS is being viewed by political observers as a “politically correct” move keeping in view the fact that the Lok Sabha elections are due in 2019 and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party commands a brute majority in Parliament.
The Scheme would entail an annual allocation of Rs. 3,950 crore and a total outlay of Rs. 11,850 crores over the next three years with an additional annual allocation of Rs. 5 crore per year for monitoring through independent agency(ies) and for capacity building/training to State/District officials to be imparted by the Ministry.
The MPLADS funds are released to the nodal District Authorities on at the initiative of MPs on receipt of requisite documents and as per provisions of Guidelines on MPLADS.
The entire population across the country is covered under this scheme through creation of durable assets for drinking water, education, public health, sanitation and roads etc., under MPLAD Scheme.
The MPLAD Scheme is an ongoing Central Sector Scheme which was launched in 1993-94. Since the inception of the Scheme till August, 2017, a total number of 18,82,180 works for Rs. 44,929.17 crore have been sanctioned from MPLADS fund.
The Scheme enables the Members of Parliament to recommend works for creation of durable community assets based on locally felt needs to be taken up in their constituencies in the area of national priorities namely drinking water, education, public health, sanitation, roads etc. The Scheme is governed by a set of guidelines, which have been last revised in June, 2016.