Patna: The Bihar government had discriminated
against its own people by poorly implementing central flagship
programmes, including MNREGA, Rural Development and Panchayati
Raj Minister C P Joshi alleged on Monday.
The state government owed an explanation to the people why
central flagship programmes like MNREGA were poorly
implemented and why it failed to utilise central funds under
these schemes, Joshi told reporters here.
Quoting statistics, Joshi said the Centre had given Rs
2,358 crore funds to Bihar under MNREGA in 2009-10, but the
state government could only utilise Rs 1,816 crore while it
utilised only Rs 2,996 crore under the Indira Awas Yojana
against Rs 4,484 crore during the same period.
Similarly, under the Swarnajayanti Rozgar Yojana, the
state government could spend only Rs 305 crore against Rs 506
crore in 2009-10, while under the scheme for drinking water
the NDA government could spend only Rs 284 crore against Rs
692 crore, the minister said.
Claiming that the UPA government had implemented a slew
of programmes for rural development and welfare measures of
the poor people since 2004, Joshi said it was for the
political masters in the state to execute them.
He said the chief minister`s own coalition partner, the
BJP government in Karnataka had performed exceedingly well in
implementation of MNREGA since 2007.
The implementation of MNREGA in Karnataka has been so
successful that the Centre has been making an increased
allocation to the state this fiscal, he said.