New Delhi (NM Bureau): The government of the National Capital Region Delhi has approved the proposal to increase the MLA Local Area Development (MLALAD) fund from ₹4 crore to ₹10 crore annually. Which effectively means that each elected member of the Delhi legislative assembly will have around ₹ 50 crore to spend for the welfare of their respective constituencies. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Talking in the Delhi Assembly about the NCR Delhi government Cabinet’s decision, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that it was a demand of every legislator to increase the MLALAD fund. “The Cabinet has decided to increase the MLALAD fund from the existing ₹4 crore to ₹10 crore in a year,” Sisodia told the Assembly on the second day of the Monsoon Session on Tuesday.
Sisodia appreciates the move saying that it is a good example of decentralisation of funds and functioning and that the move was an attempt to ensure that local development through MLAs from different parties was prioritised. The Deputy CM also informed that the Delhi government was the first in the country to increase the MLALAD fund to ₹ 10 crore. “The utilisation of MLALAD funds is at the discretion of legislators and can be used for any purpose or local project,” Sisodia said.
He also said that the Cabinet has also given power to the Urban Development (UD) Minister to make minor changes in guidelines meant for the MLALAD fund. The MP LAD and the MLA LAD which is also called the Local Area Development fund is given to MPs and MLAs for the development of their constituency.