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MPLAD funds pour in for Covid-19 treatment

The ministry of statistics and programme implementation permitted the use of MPLAD (members of Parliament local area development scheme) funds for medical testing, screening and other facilities required to fight Covid-19.

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Last Updated: Mar 26, 2020, 08.37 AM IST
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New Delhi: On Tuesday, the ministry of statistics and programme implementation permitted the use of MPLAD (members of Parliament local area development scheme) funds for medical testing, screening and other facilities required to fight Covid-19. A number of MPs had requested that this fund be allowed to be used for Covid-19-related activities. Following the order, parliamentarians have been offering these funds to districts and states to combat the epidemic.

V Balashowry, YSR Congress MP from Machlipatnan has contributed the highest of Rs 4 crore of his MPLAD fund to the Andhra CM Relief Fund. He has also urged all the 28 MPs from Andhra to contribute a similar amount for the cause.

Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav has donated Rs 25 lakh of his MPLAD fund for purchasing sanitisers and masks in Mainpuri. His son and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav approved Rs 1 crore out of his MPLAD to be given to Azamgarh Medical College for the purchase of kits for doctors, testing kits and other items. Lok Janshakti party president Chirag Paswan and union minister Ram Vilas Paswan have contributed Rs 1 crore each from their MPLAD fund. While Chirag contributed for his Jamui Lok Sabha constituency, the senior Paswan has given the money to the health department of Bihar.

Chirag Paswan has written a letter to all the six LJP MPs of Bihar to donate`1crore from their MPLAD fund to their constituencies. All the three Rajya Sabha MPs of AAP have contributed Rs 1 crore each to the Delhi CM Relief Fund.

Among the other regional parties, two MPs of the Jammu and Kashmir-based National Conference (NC) have donated Rs 1 crore each to their Lok Sabha constituencies. Farooq Abdullah donated to his Srinagar Lok Sabha seat while Hasnain Masoodi donated to Anantnag.
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