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The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the restoration of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS)

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday approved the restoration of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), which was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

Addressing the media, Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Singh Thakur said that the scheme has been restored for remaining part of Financial Year 2021-22 and up to Financial Year 2025-26.

He also said that funds will be released at the rate of Rs 2 crore per MP for the remaining period of FY 2021-22 in one installment and at the rate of Rs 5 crore per annum per MP during the financial years 2022-23 to FY 2025-26 in two installments of Rs 2.5 crore each.

The annual MPLADS fund entitlement per Member of Parliament is Rs 5 crore, released in two instalments of Rs.2.5 crore each, subject to the fulfillment of conditions as per the MPLADS guidelines.

The release of fund was suspended in April 2020 and diverted to the Finance Ministry to meet the expenses of fighting the pandemic in the country.The Minister said that the Cabinet, in its meeting held on April 6, 2020, had decided not to operate MPLADS during FY 2020-21 and 2021-22 and placed the fund at the disposal of the Ministry of Finance for managing the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, " the Minister said.

The total financial implications for the restoration and continuation of the MPLADS for the remaining part of the Financial Year 2021-22 and up to 2025-26 will be Rs 17,417 crore, the government said in a statement.

Since the inception of this scheme, a total of 19,86,206 works/projects have been completed with a financial implication of Rs 54,171.09 crore. (IANS/JB)

Keywords: Narendra Modi, Member of Parliament, Local Area Development Scheme, COVID-19, Development



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