New Delhi: Faced with complaints that
benefits of NREGA were not reaching intended persons, Rahul
Gandhi on Thursday questioned claims by the Rural Development
ministry that the flagship programme was doing fairly well in
Naxal-affected districts as compared to rest of the areas.
"Can you say it confidently"? He told the top ministry
officials at the Parliamentary Consultative Committee to
discuss the programme, according to the members present in
Gandhi`s reaction came after the ministry informed him
that NREGA was doing fairly well in Naxal-affected districts
as compared to rest of the areas of a particular state.
Giving the details, Secretary of the ministry Reeta
Sharma said government data available from 33 Naxal-affected
areas showed that NREGA was doing fairly well in those areas
as compared to those not affected.
"We are relying on data provided by states," she said
when Gandhi asked if any study has been done on the issue.
During the meeting, Gandhi also sought to know whether
the rise in prices of essential commodities have had any
impact on NREGA workers, sources said.
The ministry informed him that it has initiated a study
to assess the impact of price rise on NREGA workers, they
The meeting, which was attended by 17 members of
Consultative committee, was chaired by Rural Development
Minister C P Joshi. Minister of State for Rural Development
Agatha Sangama was also present.