Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme 2019: India, as a developing nation, needs to work on a lot of things and need a lot of improvement in many sectors. Although the government has introduced many schemes for women, infants, unemployed labor, backward classes, etc.
But there still exists a large chunk of work that is required to be done by the people as well as by the government in order for the country to be truly developed. In 1993, there was one scheme that was launched by the government of India which was known as Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS).
Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme 2019
About the scheme:
• MP’s recommended developmental work to be done in the constituencies that fall under them.
• The emphasis was on creating durable community assets based on locally felt needs.
• The nominated MP’s are allowed to choose any area under their jurisdiction and they get funds by the government for its development.
• Initially, each MP was allocated INR 5 lakh and then it increased to INR 5 crore that is disbursed in 2 installments of 2.5 crores each.
• The funds are provided to the district authorities are isn’t disbursed into the MP’s account.
• MPs need to recommend work worth at least 15% and 7.5% of their funds to create assets in areas inhabited by Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs) respectively.
• Funds for Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme is allowed to be converged with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) for creating more durable assets and with National Program for Development of Sports (Khelo India).
• At this point in time, about 4000 crores are being given to the MP’s for rural development.
Some of the altered guidelines of Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme are:
1. Projects implemented by government agencies would be provided 75 percent of the project cost as the first installment, while those implemented by non-governmental agencies would be provided 60 percent.
2. For smaller projects costing less than ₹2 lakh, the entire amount would be released in one installment.
3. No project that is less than ₹1 lakh would be sanctioned with the exception in the case of essential projects, such as the installation of hand pumps, and purchase of computers and their accessories, solar electric lamps.
4. The list of work that could be taken up under the scheme had been widened. It now includes projects such as the purchase of books that would be owned and controlled by district authorities.
5. As an attempt to improve computer literacy, the purchase of Microsoft Office software along with the training of two teachers per school would be now allowed.
This is another scheme that targeted the actual development and emergence of a new India. Although the investment is quite high the mission of improving the country’s economy is being fulfilled by undertaking such schemes.