The bonanza for MPs in the form of Rs 3 crore hike in Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) Fund by the Central government has raised many eyebrows. This move by the Centre has inevitably drawn the interest and attention of people with the massive increase of Rs 3 crore in the MP fund which was earlier Rs 2 crore. On the other hand, this decision has come at a time when Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is in correspondence with the Central government in support of building a system for the proper usage of this exchequer. Questions about the massive hike in MPLAD fund are likely to crop up especially when Nitish Kumar is not in favour of such a policy and has even scrapped the fund of MLAs in his state. There is a need for such questions to be resolved all the more as the increase in MPLAD fund will overburden the government exchequer by Rs 2370 crore annually. Witnessing the rising inflation and lack of basic infrastructure, the amount allocated to MPLAD fund seemed insufficient and giving in to the demand the hike was made. But this has created doubts about the fair usage of the fund, which should be done away with. The MPLAD fund was initiated with an aim to enable an MP to start some kind of developmental work in his area keeping in mind the need of public. There is no defect in this aim. The MPs should be given the right to provide amenities related to education, health, and drinking water to the public in their constituencies as well as construct roads and a proper drainage system. It was seen that many times construction work related to basic amenities remained in limbo for long and the MPs could do nothing to expedite the work due to lack of fund. In some states the leaders of the opposition parties used to feel helpless.

Theoretically it is true that the work of MPs and MLAs is to formulate law and suggest amendments in the law and not to carry developmental work. But unfortunately, the truth is that in our country the Legislators cannot expect the public to support them if they do not care about the latter’s basic requirements and do not carry developmental work in their constituencies. When the bitter reality sets in that the public has to wait for years to avail the benefit of basic amenities then it become a moral obligation for the people’s representatives to work on development and infrastructure. If the MPLAD fund helps the representatives to augur developmental work in their constituencies then there is no harm to this, but the correct utilization of MPLAD fund should also be tracked. This is important because time and again cases regarding the misuse of MPLAD fund have come to the fore which has become synonymous with corruption. Transaction of commission for work, under MPLAD fund, is something which cannot be ignored. This is also a fact that while on one side there is a group of MPs who are committed to use the fund under MPLAD in a proper way while there is another group who do not seem assiduous to utilize the fund.