e-SAKSHI Application

  • The Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) launched the MPLADS e-SAKSHI Mobile Application.
  • It was launched for revised fund flow procedure under Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) Scheme.
  • It will bring forth a myriad of benefits, revolutionising the way Members of Parliament engage with and manage development projects in their constituencies.
  • It would offer convenience and accessibility, allowing MPs to propose, track, and oversee the projects at their fingertips.
  • This real-time access enhances decision-making processes, enabling swift responses to emerging needs or issues.
  • The application will streamline the communication between MPs and relevant authorities, facilitating a more efficient exchange of information.
  • It will promote transparency by providing MPs with instant updates on the status and progress of their proposed projects.
  • It has the features for budget management, ensuring MPs can monitor expenditures.

MPLAD Scheme:

  • It is a Central Sector Scheme which was announced in December 1993. The Scheme is fully funded by the Government of India under which funds are released in the form of grants-in-aid directly to the district authorities.
  • Objective:
    • To enable MPs to recommend works of developmental nature with emphasis on the creation of durable community assets in the areas of drinking water, primary education, public health, sanitation and roads, etc. primarily in their Constituencies.
  • Implementation:
    • The process under MPLADS starts with the Members of Parliament recommending works to the Nodal District Authority.
    • The Nodal District concerned is responsible for implementing the eligible works recommended by the Members of Parliament and maintaining the details of individual works executed and amount spent under the Scheme.
  • Functioning:
    • The funds released under the Scheme are non-lapsable,e., the entitlement of funds not released in a particular year is carried forward to the subsequent years, subject to eligibility.
    • At present, the annual entitlement per MP/ constituency is 5 crore rupees.
    • The role of the Members of Parliament is limited to recommend works. Thereafter, it is the responsibility of the district authority to sanction, execute and complete the works recommended within the stipulated time period.
    • The elected Lok Sabha Members can recommend works in their respective constituencies.
    • The elected members of the Rajya Sabha can recommend works anywhere in the state from which they are elected.
    • Nominated Members of the Parliament can recommend works for implementation, anywhere in the country.
    • MPLADS works can be implemented in areas affected by natural calamities like floods, cyclone, hailstorm, avalanche, cloudburst, pest attack, landslides, tornado, earthquake, drought, tsunami, fire and biological, chemical, radiological hazards, etc.
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