BJP`s unusual praise for NREGA, Indira Awas Yojna

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.

PTI



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

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