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Evaluate the performance of Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). The issue underutilisation and misutilisation of MPLADS funds poses some serious question to the viability of the scheme in the future. Analyse.

Topic: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.

4. Evaluate the performance of Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS). The issue underutilisation and misutilisation of MPLADS funds poses some serious question to the viability of the scheme in the future. Analyse. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Down to Earth

Why the question:

Several irregularities in the utilisation of funds disbursed under the MPLAD programme were highlighted by an MPLAD committee member during a recent meeting held in Delhi.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the successes and limitations of MPLADS and its viability in the long run.

Directive word: 

Evaluate – When you are asked to evaluate, you have to pass a sound judgement about the truth of the given statement in the question or the topic based on evidence.  You must appraise the worth of the statement in question. There is scope for forming an opinion here.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by stating the objectives of MPLAD scheme.

Body:

First, in brief, write about the major achievements of MPLADS – creation of durable community assets, effective development of each constituency and quick works etc.

Next, write about the major shortcomings of MPLADS – underutilisation and misutilisation, lack of accountability, lapse of funds etc.

Conclusion:

Conclude by stating your opinion on the future viability of the scheme.