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Maya govt rebuts Cong charges on NREGS

The state government today hit back at the Congress for its accusation in the faulty implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).

india Updated: Mar 28, 2010 22:29 IST
HT Correspondent/Hasan

The state government today hit back at the Congress for its accusation in the faulty implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). While the Congress has been carrying on tirade against the UP government over irregularities in the scheme the government today claimed that UP had achieved second place in the country in its implementation.

The government said so far 42 officers had been suspended and chargesheet had been submitted against 69 officers for departmental inquiry. The government had also registered 40 FIRs in 29 districts.

The Principal Secretary Rural Development Srikrishna said here on Sunday that the state had established a record spending of Rs 5600 crore up to March 20 under the NREGS.

The Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi during his two-day visit to Amethi last week had targeted the state government for pilferage in the funds. The Congress had also brought some irregularities to light at the Vigilance and monitoring committee meeting in Sultanpur chaired by Rahul Gandhi.

However strongly refuting the charge the state government said that investigations were on in various districts on the issue.

"Where ever there are complaints by the elected representatives probe has been ordered", Srikrishna said and added action had been taken against the guilty. He said in case of any problem officers at the district and in Lucknow were available to rectify them.

He said during the current fiscal year 3196.54 lakh man-days were created and 1.16 crore job cards were distributed to the people under scheme. As compared to last year the government had ensured more participation of schedule caste and women during the current year under the scheme, Srikrishna pointed out. Women participation has gone up from 14 to 20 percent this year. He said state could achieve second place because of more involvement of women and SC/STs.

He said while direct funding through banks was done to 52000 village panchayats, the government had also ensured creation of infrastructural assets in rural areas that could benefit the state GDP. He said there was effective and regular review of the works being done in villages.