CENTRE TO RESTART MPLAD FUNDS AFTER ENDING COVID RELATED SUSPENSION

The central cabinet approved the continuation and restoration of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). The scheme was suspended due to the Covid 19 pandemic. While addressing a press conference after a cabinet meeting, Anurag Takur, the Information and Broadcasting minister announced the MPLAD scheme has been restored for the remaining part of the 2021-22 financial year. 

 

The current scheme will continue till 2025-26. For this year, each Member of Parliament will be allotted Rs. 2 crore. The funds will be increased to Rs. 5 crore from 2022-23 to 2025-26, in two installments of Rs. 2.5 crores, said the union Minister on Wednesday. The central government has suspended the MPLAD funds during 2020-21 and the next year until now because of Covid-19 pandemic. The funds, the government announced, would be used for health care services for Covid-19 while the country was at its worst due to the viral spread. According to the rules, the MPs can manage development and other projects for upto Rs. 5 crore every year. 

 

The central government also hiked the price of Ethanol, as part of its new target to achieve 20% ethanol blending in petrol by 2025. The cabinet in the meeting, approved the increase in price by upto Rs. 1.47 per litre from December this year. As part of the increase, the minister also stated that the Cabinet has approved new norms for jute packaging for the current financial year. Now, 100% of the food grains and 20% of Sugar will be packed in new diversified packaging. The cabinet has also approved the anniversary of Birsa Munda, tribal freedom fighter, November 15 as ‘Janjatiya Gaurav Diwas’. 

 

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