Kejriwal government proposes 250% hike in MLA funds

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has proposed to hike the MLA local area development (LAD) funding to Rs 14 crore from the existing Rs 4 crore, an increase of 250%.

Officials said that the increase was being considered to ensure that the MLAs had sufficient funds to implement the development works in their constituencies.

“The proposal has been sent to the Centre for prior approval. As per norms, Rs 1 crore is allocated for executing works pertaining to Delhi Jal Board. The remaining funds are similarly allocated to other works, leaving very little scope for MLAs to do much. In this regard, the government has al so proposed a one-time additional allocation of Rs 10 crore for each MLA in the current financial year,” said an official.

The proposal comes in light of the municipal elections that are scheduled for next year where AAP is hoping to make its mark. The Sheila Dikshit government in 2011 had increased MLA LAD fund from Rs 2 crore to Rs 4 crore.

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