New Delhi: After increasing the funds for Member of Parliament Local Fund Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) by 1.5 times, the Centre is mulling over extending the ambit of the fund to provide flexibility in its implementation.

Changes can be made in the guidelines in case of need, after which MPs can allot their funds for local problems. The guidelines for the hill areas can be different from that of plains.

MS Gill, Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation, said, “The Centre is ready to include the logical opinions from the public in the guidelines.”

With the increase in the annual MPLADS fund for each MP from Rs 2 crore to Rs 5 crore, the Centre will have to cough up an additional amount of Rs 4000 crore.

The Ministry will improve the monitoring system of the implementation apart from expanding the scheme.
Earlier, the Ministry had approved the provision for wheel chair for disabled, ambulance for sick persons under MPLADS. As of now, Rs 10 lakh has been fixed for funds meant for physically challenged persons.

Talking to Dainik Jagran, Gill said the new schemes can be added given the problems and needs in different constituencies. The funds can also be increased following the progress of the scheme, added the Minister.
Gill said a study will be conducted on the efficacy of the scheme in 600 districts by NABCON of NABARD.

The exercise is a part of the Centre’s decision to review the implementation of its flagship schemes like MNREGA, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).

JPN/Bureau