BJP`s unusual praise for NREGA, Indira Awas Yojna
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 15:31
New Delhi: Opposition BJP today unusually praised the government's policies like NREGA and Indira Awas Yojna but said the target population was not benefiting because of lacunae in implementation.

Initiating a debate on Demand for Grants for Rural Development Ministry, Deputy Leader of Opposition Gopinath Munde also asked the government to be cautious after the Dantewada naxal attack and pay attention to development of backward tribal areas for which special funds should be earmarked.

"NREGA is a good scheme. I welcome it," Munde said and appreciated the allocation of Rs 40,000 crore for it.

However, he said only Rs 22,000 crore of the amount had been spent.

"The government should think about it. Not only are the schemes to be announced, they have to be implemented also," the BJP leader said.

He said targeted population, like labourers, in some states have taken benefits of NREGA scheme but in some states like Maharashtra the funds are not spent.

The Centre should ask the state government why funds are not being spent, said the BJP leader from Maharashtra.

Munde also appreciated the Indira Awas Yojna but again said that it was not being implemented. He expressed concern over rapid increase in urban population, saying it had already risen to 48 percent and was estimated to go up to over 50 percent.

This was because of migration of rural population, he said and asked the government to stop it by ensuring development and employment in villages.

Munde said the Budget should have 70 percent allocation for develospment of rural areas.

He said the Below Poverty Line (BPL) list also did not reflect the reality as there were more poor people than those enlisted.

Munde quoted former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi as having remarked in 1980s that only 10 percent of funds allocated for any scheme reach the intended people and said now even that percentage is not reaching the target population.

He said this was because of corruption and asked the government to do something about it.

The BJP leader wanted the government to give an assurance that in the remaining four years, it would fill the lacunae in implementation of schemes.

"You got an opportunity to rule again. We have no objection to that. But work for the people. If you don't we will hit the roads to protest," the BJP leader said.


First Published: Thursday, April 22, 2010, 15:31

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