bridges; sanitation and public health, etc., based on the locally felt needs. This Scheme is
      governed by a set of guidelines. The extant guidelines on the Scheme were revised and published
      in 2016.
            The salient features of the Scheme include:
      a) 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.
      b) The funds released under the Scheme are non-lapsable, i.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.
      c) Under it, 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.
      d) 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.
      e) 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.
      f) In order to accord special attention to the development of areas inhabited by Scheduled Castes
      (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs), 15 per cent of MPLADS funds are to be utilized for areas
      inhabited by SC population and 7.5 per cent for areas inhabited by ST population.
      g) If an elected Member of Parliament finds the need, to contribute these funds, to a place
      outside that state/UT or outside the constituency within the state or both, the MP can recommend
      eligible works, under these Guidelines upto a maximum of ₹ 25 lakh in a financial year. Such a
      gesture will promote national unity, harmony, and fraternity among the people, at the grass roots
      h) The MP can spend a maximum of ₹ 20 lakh per year for giving assistance to Differently
      Abled Citizens for purchase of tri-cycles (including motorized tricycles), battery operated
      motorized wheel chair and artificial limbs; and aids for visually and hearing impaired.