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Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS)


Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS)

Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) is initiated by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India. The primary objective of the MPLADS scheme is to authorize the members of parliaments (MP) to recommend developmental work in their constituencies with prominence on creating durable community assets based on locally felt needs. In this article, we will look at the Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) in detail.

Eligibility for Funds

The eligibility criteria for Members of Parliament Local Area Development is explained in detail below:

  • Registered trusts or societies can avail the assistance under the Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS)
  • Cooperative societies are also eligible for assistance under the Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS)

Cooperative societies

Cooperative societies should meet the following condition to avail the financial amount from the Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS):

  • The cooperative society should be in existence for the preceding 3 years
  • The assistance will only for community infrastructure and public utility building works
  • The structure constructed with Local Area Development Scheme funds will be the property of the State or UT Government
  • The upper ceilings for assistance to societies/ trusts are Rs.50 lakh to in its lifetime and Rs.1 crore to all trusts/societies by one MP in one year will be applicable.
  • The MP or his family members should not be an office-bearer of the cooperative society

Fund Allocation

According to the Local Area Development Scheme, the annual entitlement of Rs.5 crore will be provided, in two equal instalments of Rs 2.5 crore each, by Government of India directly to the District Authority.

  • The LADF fund first instalment will be provided at the beginning of the financial year
  • The LADF fund second instalment of the previous year will be provided for the MP concerned and also subject to furnishing of the provisional Utilization Certificate of the previous year covering at least 80% of the expenditure of the first instalment of the previous year. The second instalment of the LADF funds will be released subject to the following eligibility criteria:
    • The unsanctioned balance amount available in the account of the District Authority after taking into account the cost of all the work sanctioned is less than Rs.1 crore
    • The unspent balance of fund of the MP Concerned is less than Rs. 2.5 crore
    • Utilization Certificate and Audit Certificate of the immediately concluded financial year ending 31st March have been furnished by District

Type of Recommended Work

Works which will serve greater public purpose need to be recommended by MPs. District Authorities have the ultimate power to sanction it.

Key priority sectors

Drinking water facility, electricity facility, education, non-conventional energy resources, irrigation facilities, healthcare and sanitation, railways, roads, ports, agriculture and allied activities, pathways and bridges, self-help group development and urban development.

  • Construction of railway station
  • Installation of bio-digesters at  schools, stations, hospitals
  • Providing a CCTV camera in a strategic location
  • Provision for fixed weighing scale machines for farmers
  • Installation of rainwater harvesting systems in public spaces, construction of shelters for skill development

Books to the extent of Rs. 22 lakh per annum can be purchased for colleges, schools and public libraries belonging to Central, States, UT and Local Self-Government from MPLADS Fund

Works not Permitted

  • Construction of residential and office buildings for public and private agencies
  • Land acquisition or paying compensation
  • Grants or loans to state/central relief fund
  • Assets for individual benefits
  • Naming assets after individuals
  • Works on lands belonging to religious groups
  • Execution of works in unauthorized colonies

Period for Completion of Works

The work of MPLADS has to be completed within 18 months from the date of demitting office in case of Rajya Sabha MPs or dissolution of the Lok Sabha.

District Authorities have to settle and close the account of the concerned MP after completing all other formalities in three months, under intimation to the Government with detailed information in the Monthly Progress Report (MPR).

The convergence of Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) with MGNREGA

  • Funds from Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) can be converged with MGNREGA to create more durable assets.Installation of Rainwater Harvesting systems
  • Installation of rainwater harvesting systems in Government buildings and public places like schools, hospitals, colleges, community halls, water- bodies belonging to Central, State and Local Self Government will be permissible under the MPLADS