Contending that Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari wants to "dismantle the edifice of MNREGA", his predecessor and Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said the country cannot "afford" the "ill-informed assault" on rural job scheme enacted by the UPA government.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh has welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s emphasis on toilets in his Independence Day speech and suggested collective efforts to end the menace of open defecation in the country.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh is of the view that time has come to do away with the colonial idea of having a separate Budget for Railways as it accounts for just six per cent of the total government expenditure.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Sunday accused the NDA government of turning the programme to clean Ganga as a "Hindutva project" by attempting to polarise politics through the initiative on the holy river.
Former union minister Jairam Ramesh Thursday said India should be more flexible in its response to climate change otherwise it faces the risk of being isolated by other BASIC nations - Brazil, South Africa and China.
Terming Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh`s ongoing and Vice President Hamid Ansari`s just-concluded China visit as "significant", former union minister Jairam Ramesh said Thursday India needs to "deepen the political dialogue" and that Indian states should engage with provinces in the neighbouring country.
Within weeks after Congress leader Shashi Tharoor was criticised by his own party for overtly praising the Prime Minister, it is now former rural development minister Jairam Ramesh who has dared to ruffle a few feathers by calling Narendra Modi `India`s Richard Nixon`.
Former environment minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday virtually backed the NGO Greenpeace in the backdrop of an Intelligence Bureau report warning that the NGO is a threat to the country`s economic growth.
Jairam Ramesh admitted that Narendra Modi`s aggressive campaigning delivered a knockout blow to the grand old party, saying that the Congress couldn`t match it and was unprepared for such poll campaigning.
Congress will work towards a stable, secular and cohesive government at the Centre, senior party leader Jairam Ramesh said on Tuesday but stopped short of giving a clear reply whether the party will support a Third Front in the wake of a fractured electoral mandate.