Sonia reviews implementation of central schemes in Rae Bareli

Rae Bareli: On a day when Congress workers hit the streets in protest against Rahul Gandhi's arrest, party president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday visited her Lok Sabha constituency to review implementation of various centrally- sponsored rural employment and housing schemes.

"During the meeting of district vigilance and monitoring committee chaired by Gandhi, a detailed review of centrally- sponsored schemes like MNREGA, Indira Awas Yojana, and works done under central road fund was done," District Magistrate Amrita Soni told reporters.

Emphasising on better implementation of central schemes, Gandhi asked authorities to ensure that 100 days of employment be provided to maximum families under MNREGA.

The Congress leader also asked them to send maximum proposals for construction of roads in the district, Soni said.

Heavy barricading was put in place before the arrival of the local MP, who reached the district collectorate office at around 11.15 AM to attend the meet which lasted for about two hours.

The administration pointed out to problems being faced in wheat procurement due to agitation by Food Corporation of India employees, to which Gandhi assured that the matter would be looked into.

Earlier, Gandhi met over 500 people including delegations and party workers at a guest house. She was flooded with complaints on issues relating to health, education and employment besides various local problems.

Opposing more package to Indian Telephone Industries, a delegation of ITI Mazdoor Parishad demanded merger of the ITI with another company.

Though a package of around Rs 4,200 crore was given by the Centre for survival of the ITI, it failed due to "misuse" of fund by the management, the delegation members alleged.

They demanded that instead of giving another package, the ailing ITI should be merged with another company.

On way back to Lucknow, Sonia visited Bankagarh village in Shivgarh area where six people were killed after inhaling poisonous gas in a well yesterday.

She assured all possible assistance to family members of the deceased and also announced to bear all expenses of treatment of ailing son of one of the victims.

Congress has announced a state-wide chakka jam today to protest Rahul's arrest in Bhatta Parsaul last night and in support of farmers' demands in Greater Noida. Rahul was later released.