Cabinet approves continuation of MPLAD Scheme beyond 12th Plan

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) today gave its approval to the continuation of Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) till March 31, 2020, the term of the 14th Finance Commission.  
The scheme would entail an annual allocation of Rs 3,950 crore and a total outlay of Rs 11,850 crore over the next three years with an additional annual allocation of Rs 5 crore per year for monitoring through independent agency or agencies and for capacity building/training to State/District officials to be imparted by the Ministry, an official press release said.
The MPLADS funds are released to the nodal District Authorities on receipt of requisite documents and as per provisions of Guidelines on MPLADS.
"The entire population across the country stands to benefit through the creation of durable assets of locally felt needs, namely drinking water, education, public health, sanitation and roads etc., under MPLAD Scheme," the release said.
"The MPLAD Scheme has resulted in the creation of various durable community assets which have impacted the social, cultural and economic life of the local communities in one way or the other.
 "The MPLAD Scheme, an ongoing Central Sector Scheme was launched in 1993-94.  Since the inception of the Scheme till August 2017, a total number of 18,82,180 works for Rs 44,929.17 crore have been sanctioned from MPLADS fund," it said.
"The Scheme enables the Members of Parliament to recommend works for the creation of durable community assets based on locally felt needs to be taken up in their constituencies in the area of national priorities namely drinking water, education, public health, sanitation, roads etc. The Scheme is governed by a set of guidelines, which have been last revised in June 2016," the release added.
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