HUNDREDS OF CPI(M) activists took out a rally from Charbagh to Vidhan Bhawan to protest against the failure of the State Government to implement the Rural Employment Guarantee programme.
CPI(M) MP Mohammad Salim said the Left had made it clear to the UPA Government that their support would continue till the time it launched pro-people schemes.
He said initially the Centre was hesitant to implement the Rural Employment Guarantee scheme but consistent Left pressure made the government implement it. However, he said, the Mulayam Singh Yadav Government was dithering on implement the scheme in UP. He said the CPI (M) would continue its movement till the employment scheme was launched in all the 22 districts. The CPI(M) leader said even after an hesitant State Government took up the scheme after Left parties pressurised it, officials did not issue employment cards to villagers and several irregularities were detected in the implementation of the programme.
CPI(M) central committee Sunit Chopra said the State Government would have to face the consequences for its failure to implement the scheme. He said pro-liberalised policies had eaten up government jobs and in rural areas unemployment was very high. Therefore, he added, providing jobs should be the government’s first priority.
State secretary of the party SP Kashyap said if the Centre had launched a welfare scheme then the State Government should implement it. He urged the Chief Minister to take strict measures against those indulged in corrupt practices.
Former MP Subhashini Ali also addressed the meet.