Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party Government in Delhi has decided to increase the variety of activities for which MLAs funds can be used for the benefit of SC and ST populations living in the National Capital. Currently, there are 5,200 blocks where the Capital’s SC\ST population is concentrated. The state government had been allotting money for the development of these areas. The money which went into the MLA Local Area Development funds could not be spent. The reason was that it could only be spent in five categories, according to an Indian Express report. This has now been increased to 27.
Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told the Indian Express that, ”The government has been allotting money for the development of these blocks, still, the money was not being spent. Therefore, we conducted a review, which revealed that there was a problem in the policy, the money could only be spent on five development activities”.
As per the new policy, the MLA’s welfare corpus could only be spent on roads, pavements, building drains, toilets and community centres. Under the expansion of the scheme MLA funds can now be used for skill development centres, hostels for working women, libraries, gymnasiums, CCTV cameras, traffic lights, street lamps, benches in parks and water tankers.
The decision to expand the number of activities for which the MLA Local Area Development funds was increased in a Delhi Cabinet meeting which was chaired by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday, according to the Indian Express.
The Delhi Cabinet decision was taken after Rajendra Pal Gautam became the new minister-in-charge for SC/ST and Social Welfare departments.