Jairam Ramesh opposes dilution in MNREGA

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.

Ramesh welcomes Modi`s emphasis on toilets in Independence Day speech

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.

Explore non-bureaucratic ways of giving green nod: Ramesh

Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday emphasised on need for strict compliance of environmental norms and said "non-bureaucratic" ways of giving permits should be explored.

Congress asks govt to clear confusion about Aadhar card

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Thursday asked the government to clear confusion surrounding Aadhar-linked bank accounts for direct transfer of subsidies under various schemes to beneficiaries.

Ramesh for abolishing separate budget for railways

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.

Difference in Congress over Polavaram issue comes to fore

Differences in the Congress over Polavaram issue came to fore on Monday with party MPs from Telangana interrupting the speech of Jairam Ramesh.

Uma Bharti hits out at Jairam Ramesh, accuses him of politicising `clean Ganga project`

BJP leader and Union Water Resource Minister Uma Bharti hit out at Congress` Jairam Ramesh on Monday and accused him of politicising the clean Ganga project.

Ganga cleaning not a Hindutva project: Ramesh

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.

India should be flexible on climate change: Jairam Ramesh

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.

Indian states, Chinese provinces should interact more: Ramesh

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.

PM Modi incapable of ties with environmentalists disagree with him: Jairam Ramesh

Former Union minister Jairam Ramesh on Friday said unlike him, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not capable of maintaining a relationship with those disagreeing with him on environmental issues.

Only Ramesh knows what he meant by his Modi-Nixon remark: Congress

Congress on Wednesday voiced its discomfort over Jairam Ramesh` remarks that PM Narendra Modi has the potential of emerging as `India`s Richard Nixon` in handling Pakistan and China.

After Tharoor`s `Modi 2.0` praise, Jairam Ramesh calls PM India`s Richard Nixon

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`.

Jairam Ramesh says Greenpeace is funded domestically

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.

BJP reaped benefits of communal polarisation: Congress

Accusing ruling BJP of having "reaped benefits" of communal polarisation in the Lok Sabha elections, Congress Wednesday said the government should now focus on good governance and deliver on promises.

Narendra Modi rewrote campaigning rules, Congress couldn`t match, confesses Jairam Ramesh

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.

CWC meet: Clamour for Congress revamp likely

Shell-shocked over its worst-ever performance in the Lok Sabha polls, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meets here on Monday amidst a clamour within for a surgical action to revamp the party.

Congress will emerge stronger, wiser from LS defeat: Jairam Ramesh

Admitting that "Modi effect" was at work in the Lok Sabha elections, senior Congress leader and Union minister Jairam Ramesh today said his party will emerge stronger and wiser from the defeat.

Jairam Ramesh stops short of answering if Cong will back Third Front

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.

Congress was out-funded in this election: Jairam Ramesh

Jairam Ramesh said his Congress party has been "out-funded" as far as this election was concerned.