New Delhi: Clearing the confusion over use of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund, the Union government has directed against its utilization for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) purposes as several states had issued orders for combined execution of both the programmes.

The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, in its separate orders issued to all the state governments and District Magistrates, has said the objectives of MPLAD and MGNREGA are different; therefore the MP fund must not be used for the schemes related to MGNREGA.

However, the states can utilise the MP fund in combination with schemes which have a similar status. Also, they are required to make sure that the main project fund is spent at priority and the MP fund must be utilized only during emergency or at the end so that the project can reach timely completion, the directive stated.

Further, the Ministry ordered the states that the works carried out by MPLAD fund must be scrutinized at Chief Secretary-level once a year. Moreover, the scrutiny meeting must be organized in presence of the Members of Parliament, Nodal department Secretary and other administrative department secretaries.

The state governments have also been asked to send the conclusive report of such scrutiny meetings to the Ministry.

Meanwhile, the Union government has also instructed the District Magistrates to strictly adhere to the rules of the MPLAD as the Ministry has received complaints of irregularities in the developmental works.

JPN/Bureau