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Factly#1403 MPLADS funds may be utilized for COVID-19 [25th March 2020]

News: The government has issued a circular granting one-time dispensation for utilizing funds under the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) to address the challenges in the fight against COVID-19.

Facts:

  • MPLADS is a central sector scheme.

  • Aim: To provide funds to MPs to execute certain developmental projects to meet the urgent needs of their constituents. Ex-drinking water facilities, education,etc

  • Features

    • An MP is entitled to Rs. 5 crore per annum to identify and fund developmental projects. The Fund is non – lapsable.

    • The role of the MP is only recommendatory in nature. The implementation of the project is done by local authorities.

    •  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. 

  • Implementation: Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

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