Union Cabinet re-launched the MPLAD scheme: Know the revision of ethanol prices and more

The Union Cabinet today approved the restoration and continuation of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), which was suspended in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The cabinet approved a 1.28 per cent hike in the price of ethanol extracted from sugarcane for doping petrol to Rs 63.45 from Rs 62.65 earlier.

Addressing a press conference after the Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Information and Broadcasting Minister said that the scheme has been restored for the remaining part of the financial year 2021-22. This scheme will continue till 2025-26.

He said that for the remaining period of 2021-22, funds would be released in one installment at the rate of ₹ 2 crore per MP. He said that from 2022-23 to 2025-26 each MP would be released in two installments of ₹ 2.5 crore at the rate of ₹ 5 crore per annum.

In April last year, the government had suspended the MPLADS during 2020-21 and 2021-22, and said the funds would be used for the management of health services and the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. Under this scheme, MPs can recommend development programs in their constituencies with an expenditure of Rs 5 crore every year.

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The cabinet approved the mechanism for procurement of ethanol by public sector oil marketing companies under the Ethanol Blended Petrol Program. The price of ethanol from C heavy molasses increased to Rs 46.66 per liter, from B heavy molasses to Rs 59.08 per litre.

The cabinet approved a committed price support of Rs 17,408.85 crore to the Cotton Corporation of India. CCEA approved the expenditure for reimbursement of losses under MSP ops for cotton during the cotton season (October to September) 2014-15 to 2020-21.

Under the Jute Packaging Materials Act, 1987, 100 per cent food grains and 20 per cent sugar will be packed in jute bags as per the reservation norms approved by the cabinet for jute packaging material for the year 2021-22. Steps have been taken to give relief to 3.

Further, the Union Cabinet approved the declaration of November 15, the birth anniversary of Lord Birsa Munda, as ‘Tribal Pride Day’.

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