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With Reference To The Funds Under Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme(MPLADS), Which Of the Following Statements Are Correct?

With reference to the funds under Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme(MPLADS), which of the following statements are correct?

1.MPLADS funds must be used to create durable assets like physical infrastructure for health, education etc.,

2.A specified portion of each MP:s fund must benefit SC/ST populations

3.MPLADS funds are sanctioned on yearly basis and the unused funds cannot be carried forward to the next year.

4.The district authority must inspect at least 100% of all works under implementation every year

Select the correct answer using the code given below: (2020)

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 and 4 only

c) 1,2 and 3 only

d) 1,2 and 4 only

Answer: D

The Members of Parliament Local Area Development Division is entrusted with the responsibility of implementation of Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). Under the scheme, each MP has the choice to suggest to the District Collector for works to the tune of Rs.5 Crores per annum to be taken up in his/her constituency.

The Rajya Sabha Members of Parliament can recommend works in one or more districts in the State from where he/she has been elected.

The Nominated Members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha may select any one or more Districts from any one State in the Country for implementation of their choice of work under the scheme. The Ministry has issued the guidelines on MPLADS Scheme including implementation and monitoring of the scheme. The Department has initiated all necessary steps to ensure that the scheme is successfully implemented in the field.

Each year under MPLADS, MPs receive 5 crore in two installments of 2.5 crore each. Funds under MPLADS are non-lapsable i.e. in case of non-release of funds in a particular year it is carried forward to the next year.


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