New guidelines for MPLADS

New Delhi, Nov 17 | Updated: Nov 18 2005, 05:30am hrs
In a bid develop areas inhabited by Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs), the government on Thursday issued new guidelines in the existing Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS).

Speaking at the economic editors conference on Thursday, minister for statistics and programme implementation Oscar Fernandes said, A basic feature of the scheme is the earmarking of fund for SCs and STs. Under the new provision, every year MPs have to recommend works costing at least 15% of MPLADS fund for areas inhabited by SCs and 7.5% for areas inhabited by STs.

In case any constituency does not have ST inhabited area, such fund may be utilised in the SC inhabited areas and vice-versa, the minister added.Among other modifications in the scheme, the MPLADS works can be implemented in the areas affected by calamities like floods, cyclone, tsunami, earthquake, tornado and drought. In the event of calamity of severe nature in any part of the country, an MP can recommend works up to a maximum of Rs 50 lakh for the affected district, the minister said.

The ministry has also undertaken the classification of all works in order to keep track of how much money is going for which purpose, the minister told mediapersons.He also said all possible areas had been taken care of while revising the scheme and that he was optimistic that there would not be any further demand for dismantling the scheme.