e-SAKSHI Application

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Overview:

Recently, the Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) launched the MPLADS e-SAKSHI Mobile Application.

About e-SAKSHI 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, revolutionizing 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.

Key points about MPLAD Scheme

  • It was first introduced in 1993.
  • Initially, the Ministry of Rural Development was the Nodal Ministry for this scheme. In October, 1994 this scheme was transferred to the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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. 

Q1) What is Lok Sabha?

It is composed of representatives of the people chosen by direct election on the basis of the adult suffrage. The maximum strength of the House envisaged by the Constitution is 552. As per the provision of Article 79 of Indian Constitution, the House of the People, the Lok Sabha is the lower House of the parliament.

Source: Union Minister Rao Inderjit Singh launches the MPLADS e-SAKSHI Mobile Application for the Revised Fund Flow Procedure under MPLAD Scheme