MPs sign letter for discretion in MPLAD funds’ use

The government has received a letter written by a BSP Member and signed by 115 members of the Parliament for doing away with guidelines for MPLAD scheme.

New Delhi: The government on Thursday said it has
received a letter written by a BSP Member and signed by 115
members of the Parliament for doing away with guidelines for
MPLAD scheme and leaving the funds allocated for the purpose
at the discretion of MPs.

This was stated by Minister of Statistics and Programme
Implementation Srikant Jena in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

"BSP MP Vijay Bahadur Singh has enclosed signatures of
115 Members of Parliament (MPs) along with his letter, wherein
the MPs have expressed reservations on the guidelines imposing
the limit of Rs 50 lakh per year from MPLAD fund for works to
societies or trusts," the minister added.

"Vijay Bahadur Singh has requested to do away with the
MPLAD guidelines issued from time to time and leave the MPLADS
fund on the discretion of MPs," Jena added.

In his reply the minister merely said "Ministry notifies
guidelines from time to time as and when required".

Under the scheme, each MP has the choice to suggest to
the District Collector works to the tune of Rs 5 crore per
annum to be taken up in his constituency.

The Rajya Sabha MPs can recommend works in one or more
districts in the state from where they have been elected.

The nominated members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
may select any one or more districts from any one state in the
country for implementation of their choice of work under the
scheme.

PTI

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