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BJP woos jobless, promises to extend NREGA to Delhi

india Updated: Apr 21, 2009 19:20 IST
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The BJP on Tuesday said if the party came to power it would extend the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme to select cities including Delhi within 100 days of forming the government.

Senior BJP leader V K Malhotra said “unemployment” is the “biggest issue” facing the country and BJP would extend the provision of the scheme beyond rural areas.

“If we come to power, we will extend the schemes to various cities within 100 days,” he told reporters.

Malhotra said many people have committed suicide in Delhi after losing their jobs and if the party came to power, it would introduce the scheme in the city on a priority basis.

“We will implement the scheme in Delhi too as thousands of people have lost their jobs in the last couple of months in Delhi,” he said.

Malhotra also criticised the UPA government for not extending the scheme across all areas in the country. “When you say it is a national scheme its benefit should reach all the areas.”

The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) which was enacted in 2005, provides a legal guarantee for one hundred days of employment in every financial year to adult members of any rural household.

The scheme was initially implemented in 200 districts in the country and later it was extend to all the districts of the country.