Quick Edit | A bonanza for MPs?

Quick Edit | A bonanza for MPs?

It is a scheme whose constitutionality has been questioned in the Supreme Court—which said it was in keeping with the Constitution—so it is surprising that the finance minister has chosen to increase the amount sanctioned to every member of Parliament (MP) for the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) from 2 crore to 5 crore. True, MPs wanted the increase in MPLADS because they claimed this would help them take up more substantial work, but the question is: should they even be doing this? With due respect to the court, the reason the scheme’s constitutionality was challenged was because its structure clashed with India’s model of federalism. That remains. Then, there are issues related to the utilization of the funds and corruption. Still, the bonanza should make MPs across parties happy—and it’s a long time since a government decision did that.

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