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Spend what’s unspent
Updated 27 Feb 2018

Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme empowers every Member of Parliament (MP) to spend a certain sum of amount on the development of his/her constituency on various social development areas such as health, education, drinking water, electricity, family welfare, sanitations and so on. The scheme, introduced in 1993, essentially entitles every MP (Lok Sabha as well as Rajya Sabha members) to recommend spending Rs. 5 crore every year on works of development nature. MPs can recommend work(s) in their constituency (in case of Lok Sabha) or anywhere in the state from where they are elected (in case of Rajya Sabha).

Calculating the numbers, Rs 10, 900 crore has been allotted to the 545 MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha. However, over the four years only 49 % of this money (Rs 5559 crore) has been spent whereas 51 % (Rs 5341 crore) has remained unspent. More than half of the amount is left which the MPs can utilise for the welfare of the society and meeting the local needs of their constituency. 

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Rs 10, 900 crore has been allotted to the 545 MPs
Arpita Ghosh from Belurghat, West Bengal, is the top spender with total spend of 97.8%

However, there are some MPs who have ensured that their constituents’ developmental needs are met. Arpita Ghosh from Belurghat, West Bengal, is the top spender with total spend of  97.8% i.eRs 19. 56 crore from Rs 20 crore alloted to her in the 16th Lok Sabha.

T.G Venkatesh Babu and Hukm Deo Narayan Yadav hold second and third place with  94%. i.e. 18.8 crore and 89.5%  i.e.17.91 crore of total allotted amount.

Talking about the bottom performers, Shri Jitendra Chaudhary, MP from Tripura East, has Rs 19.88 crore unspend amount in his MPLAD account. His total expenditure in the time of three years after being alloted the money is just 0.6 % i.eRs 12 lacs. Similar is the case of Shri Chand Nath has Rs 19.61 crore unspent amount to carry out development works in his constituency Alwar in Rajasthan. He has spent only Rs 39 lacs over the last three years of 16th Lok Sabha.

Shri Ram Kripal Yadav, MP from Pataliputra, in Patna, Bihar, hasn’t spent a rupee on any kind of development in his constituency and that’s why tagged as a non-performer. The total amount of Rs 20 crore alloted to him still remains untouched.

The primary duty of MPs is legislative and this initiative empower MPs to develop their constituencies based on perceived local needs. We hope our representatives in the Parliament understand this and do what is needed.

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