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  • The Member of Legislative Assembly Local Area Development Scheme (MLALAD) funds have been increased from ₹4 crore to ₹7 crore,.

  • MLALAD funds are allotted to legislators to carry out development projects in their constituencies. 

  • Responding to a question on the first day of the two-day winter session, Mr. Bharadwaj said MLALAD funds were increased from ₹4 crore to ₹10 crore in 2019-20.

MLA Local Area Development Scheme

  • The MLA-LAD scheme allocates funds to MLAs for small development projects within their constituencies.

  • It aims to provide resources for addressing local needs and priorities, as identified by the elected representatives themselves.

Key Features:


  • Each MLA receives an annual allocation, varying depending on the state

  • The funds are for capital expenditure, meaning they can be used for infrastructure projects, equipment, or other long-term assets.

Project Selection:

  • MLAs have the power to recommend projects for funding within their constituencies.

  • They are encouraged to consult with local communities and identify needs based on their input.


  • The specific implementation process may vary by state, but typically involves approval by a district-level committee and execution by government agencies.


  • There is a growing emphasis on transparency in the scheme, with many states requiring public disclosure of project details.


  • Local Development: Can address specific needs and priorities of local communities.

  • Empowerment of MLAs: Provides them with a direct role in development projects.

  • Community Participation: Encourages public engagement in identifying and implementing projects.


  • Potential for misuse: Concerns exist about the possibility of funds being used for personal gain or political advantage.

  • Lack of transparency: Some argue for better public access to information about project selection and expenditure.

  • Sustainability: Projects funded under the scheme may not be sustainable in the long term if proper maintenance and resource allocation are not ensured.



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