Salman charges UP govt of misleading people on NREGS
Last Updated: Thursday, September 03, 2009, 15:23
Farrukhabad: Union Minister Salman Khursheed on Thursday accused the Uttar Pradesh government of trying to mislead people by demanding fresh packages from the Centre even as it has failed to fully implement NREGS in the state.

"The state cannot misguide people by organising 'NREGS divas' once a month to handle the various complaints on the scheme," Khursheed said.

Khursheed was critical of Chief Minister Mayawati's demand for a package of Rs 80 thousand crore for drought relief when the Centre has already increased the subsidy on power, seeds and water to help the farmers.

He said that while the state has utilised only 40 percent of the Central funds provided for NREGS, it is making fresh demands for packages to deal with drought.

"By making such demands, she is merely trying to mislead the people and using it as an excuse to accuse the Centre of neglecting the state," Khursheed said.

The government should step up its official machinery, including the gram pradhans, to ensure that all job card holders get work under the scheme, he added.

Khursheed, who is on a visit to his parliamentary constituency, said that as per the NREGS act the state government has to provide either jobs or unemployment allowance to every job card holder.

"If it was not ready to do so it should give a reply in writing and the state cannot interfere in the central act," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, September 03, 2009, 15:23

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