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Survey rural job scheme: Digvijay

india Updated: Dec 25, 2006 16:50 IST

AICC GENERAL secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday attacked the State government for poor implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme and said that he would request the Centre for an earnest examination.

Addressing a public meeting, organised by his supporters at Mela ground here, Singh directed the Congress workers to conduct a survey and prepare the report on the centrally sponsored schemes.

Implementation of schemes, including the NREGS was far from satisfactory as the miseries of the poor and backward people continued, Singh said terming the BJP government as a ‘non-performing’ one.

“They (BJP) put in backburner the Ram temple issue when in power and rake it up when out of power,” he said. Singh accused the BJP leaders and workers of fleecing money through unethical means.  Referring to the fertiliser crises, he said it was due to mismanagement only. Singh asserted that the Centre had supplied the stock as demanded by the State government.

The AICC general secretary dwelt on various welfare measures taken by his government, when in power and said the plight of Shahariya tribals, farmers, business community and the people in the State in general has deteriorated since the BJP came to power.

Benefits of the pension scheme, schemes for people below poverty line and public distribution schemes continue to elude the needy, he said.

He called the party men to wage a united struggle to oust the BJP from power. In a lighter vein, he cautioned not to get carried with media reports on differences between Congress leaders. Congress will waive the debts of the farmers if voted to power in the next assembly election, promised Singh.

Earlier talking to reporters Singh said the decision to elect leaders was the prerogative of party chief Sonia Gandhi in consultation with elected members. He never projected the name of Rahul Singh for chief ministership as was reported in a Bhopal based daily, he said.

Singh charged the BJP with abetting corruption, black-market of fertilisers and essential commodities. The problem of fertiliser shortage has not been reported from any Congress ruled states, he said.

Singh refuted as baseless the reports on his differences with Jyotiraditya Scindia.  Singh said that the Centre was trying to work out ways to curb price hike, which he said was mainly due to rise in the prices of petroleum products. Singh made a scathing attack on the State government alleging that the names of actual benefiaries was dropped from the BPL list.

Congress will intensify agitation against the State government through rallies and demonstrations, he said. The next rally by supporters of Singh has been planned in Shivpuri on February 11 and at Datia on February 26.

Union minister of state for agriculture Kantilal Bhuria also accused the BJP for alleged practices and non-performance.