Sushil Modi opposes hike in MPLAD, wants it to be abolished
Patna: Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil
Kumar Modi on Saturday expressed "disagreement" with the Centre`s
decision to hike the Member of Parliament Local Area
Development (MPLAD) fund to Rs five crore from Rs two crore
and favoured scrapping of the scheme in view of pressure on
the MPs to placate their constituents.
"It is my personal view that the MPLAD scheme was like a
Damocles` sword hanging around their neck which must be done
away with," he said in a statement.
The MPLAD scheme puts undue pressure on the MPs to
satisfy each and every constituent and if not done, the
electors turn hostile towards their representatives and work
to defeat the incumbent MP at the hustings, Modi said.
Under the circumstances, the government should have
considered abolition of the MPLAD and launched development
schemes with the funds as was done by the NDA government in
Bihar recently, he said.
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