The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has announced a new scheme “One MP – One Idea” under the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS).
Announcing this in New Delhi today, the Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation Shri Srikant Kumar Jena has said that in order to foster, a grass-root bottoms-up approach to innovation and development and to arrive at solutions for local problems which are sustainable and scalable, there is a need for seeking out and campaigning for ideas that have the potential to solve challenges.
Accordingly, based on the innovative ideas received from the local people regarding developmental projects, an ‘One MP – One Idea’ Competition may be held in each Lok Sabha constituency annually to select the three best innovations for cash awards on the specific request of an MP to promote such a scheme in his/her constituency.
Shri Jena stated that applications will be invited for providing innovative solutions pertaining to social issues, especially in the area of education & skills, health, water & sanitation, housing & infrastructure, agriculture, energy, environment, community and social service etc.
These innovative solutions will be evaluated in a transparent manner by a selection committee headed by the DC/DM of the Nodal District and consisting of six members from Engineering, Finance, Health & Sanitation, Academia, Industry and Banking & Financial Institutions.
Member Parliament shall award Certificate of honour along with cash award of Rs. 2.5 lakhs, Rs. 1.5 lakhs and Rs. 1 lakh to the first, second and third best innovative solutions respectively through their MPLAD funds in a Public function. In addition, a Certificate of appreciation will be given to the next 5 best innovations. He added that the above scheme shall inspire people to find innovative solutions to social and developmental problems.