MPs can boost digital inclusion
The MPs' local area development scheme lets them spend Rs5 crore a year in their constituencies, but more than half don't use any of the funds
A heap of cash comes to every member of Parliament (MP) every year, under a government scheme to develop constituencies. At the end of the year, the money—which could be used to create valuable digital infrastructure in our remote villages—returns to where it came from, unspent. The consequence: Our villages continue to remain cut off from the information highway, even as we dream about the dawn of a Digital India.