A cumulative amount of Rs 5,275.24 crore remained unspent
under Members of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) scheme as on
March 4, 2020, Parliament was informed on Wednesday.
The government released Rs 53,704.75 crore under MPLAD scheme
out of which Rs 51,267.75 crore was spent as on March 4, 2020, Union Minister
RaoInderjit Singh said in a written reply to the LokSabha.
As per the data given by the Ministry of Statistics &ProgrammeRs
5,275.24 was the "unspent fund" as on March 4.
Under MPLAD scheme, each Member of Parliament has the choice to
suggest to the District Collector for development works to the tune of Rs 5
crore per annum to be taken up in his/her constituency.
RajyaSabha MPs can recommend works in one or more districts in
the State from where he/she has been elected. The nominated members of the
LokSabha and RajyaSabha may select any one or more districts from any one State
for implementation of their choice of work under the scheme.
"Given the nature and dynamics of the scheme, unspent balances
are bound to exist at any given point of time, as the funds released under the
scheme are non-lapsable and the funds received by a district in a particular
year can be utilized in the subsequent financial year(s) also.
The Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) has advised its
members to explore more markets for buying intermediates or raw materials to
reduce dependency on China due to coronavirus outbreak.
In a letter to its members, AEPC Chairman A Sakthivel said that
he has approached the government to direct Indian embassies abroad to identify
alternate sources of input suppliers.
"We have advised our members to diversify their sourcing base
given that the supply chain from China is disrupted," he said.
He also said that the council has identified top 10 apparel
product lines or items each in the US, the EU, Japan and South Korea which are
showing significant decline in imports from China.
"These items can work as new opportunities for local apparel
exporters who have the potential to fill the gap," he said.
Sakthivel also urged members to spread health awareness about
coronavirus among its workforce at their factories.
UN chief Antonio Guterres on Sunday urged governments to
work together to stop the coronavirus pandemic from plunging the global
economy into recession.
"No country can face it alone," the secretary general wrote in an opinion
article in the Publico daily.
"More than ever, governments must cooperate to revitalise
economies, expand public investment, promote trade and ensure that people and
communities affected by the disease are supported," he said.
The virus was "infecting the global economy," hesaid.The
pandemic had created a "real and growing risk of a global recession," the former
Portuguese premier said.
The International Monetary Fund, which releases its updated
outlook on the world economy next month, has said that the severity of the
slowdown will depend on how long the virus outbreak lasts and how governments
In January the fund was still projecting world GDP growth of 3.3
percent, but that was before global disruptions, shutdowns and plunging oil
Coronavirus has infected close to 160,000 people worldwide and
killed more than 6,000, according to the latest AFP tally of official figures.
Astronomers have discovered 139 new trans-Neptunian objects
(TNOs) -- minor planets located in the far reaches of the solar system.
The study, published in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement
Series, also describes a new approach for finding similar types of objects, and
could aid future searches for the hypothetical Planet Nine and other
Using the first four years of data from Dark Energy Survey
(DES), graduate student Pedro Bernardinelli started with a dataset of seven
billion "dots," all of the possible objects detected by the software that were
above the image's background levels.
The researchers looked for nearby pairs or triplets of detected
objects to help determine where the object would appear on subsequent nights.
With the 7 billion dots whittled down to a list of around 400
candidates that were seen over at least six nights of observation, the
researchers then had to verify their results.
The researchers are rerunning their analysis on the entire DES
dataset with a lower threshold for object detection at the first filtering
This observatory will survey the entire southern sky and will be
able to detect even fainter and more distant objects than DES.