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The money that was meant for NREGA has been diverted for purchase of Boleros and Pajeros

In National on October 3, 2011 at 4:26 am




Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday termed the implementation of UPA’s flagship programme MNREGA as “patchy”, and expressed concern at leakage of funds meant for the scheme. However, he hoped that the proposed NREGA 2.0 will deal with these problems.

“There are serious, serious shortcomings in its implementation…. The record of its implementation is very patchy…and therefore, we have a huge challenge,” Ramesh said at a programme here. He said while he is a strong supporter of MNREGA, “we also recognise that there are very serious issues in its implementation which is detracting from its effectiveness which needs to be addressed sooner rather than later”.

Referring to some of the shortcomings in its implementation, he said while the wage earner has to get his wage within 15 days of the last day of employment, the period may extend up to nine months onwards.

“Quality of the community assets (which the scheme seeks to create) leaves a lot to be desired. There are, of course, the usual stories we read about in the press about leakages of funds,” he said at a programme organised by the Public Diplomacy Division of the MEA.

Ramesh said a CM of a North Indian state had told him that NREGA has been responsible for the “proliferation of Boleros and Pajeros in the state”. “The money that was meant for NREGA has been diverted for purchase of Boleros and Pajeros,” he said.

He said the recently unveiled NREGA 2.0 could remove the shortcomings of NREGA 1.0 in the coming days when it is implemented in parts. But at the same time he insisted that the programme was not faulty but needed greater planning at the grass-roots level. “I don’t think we should draw the conclusion 


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