Congressmen cautioned against job scheme hijack

AS THE NDA Government?s PM rural road scheme had galvanised the BJP, the Congress hopes are pinned on the ambitious rural employment guarantee scheme. This was pretty apparent in the Congress workers? convention at the MPCC headquarters today.

india Updated: Feb 12, 2006 13:33 IST

AS THE NDA Government’s PM rural road scheme had galvanised the BJP, the Congress hopes are pinned on the ambitious rural employment guarantee scheme. This was pretty apparent in the Congress workers’ convention at the MPCC headquarters today.

Congressmen were not only called upon to ensure success of the scheme but were also cautioned against the BJP government’s attempts to take away credit for it.

AICC general secretary, V Narayan Sami, who arrived today on his maiden visit to Bhopal after being appointed in-charge of party affairs in MP, was focussed on the job scheme in his address to the workers.

The Congress workers should not only ensure effective implementation of the scheme but also take the message down to grassroots that it is the Congress, which designed and is implementing the scheme for the rural poor.

Sami said that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh earmarked Rs 1,70,000 crore for the scheme to provide jobs to rural poor so that they were not only brought into mainstream but their much-desired support to the Congress was ensured.

“If the Congress workers could reach out to people at the grassroots with party’s concern for common masses as manifested in these schemes, they would develop a new understanding about the Congress”, he said.

Stressing the need to strengthen the party at the grassroots, he said workers would have a major say in party affairs and they would be guided as to how they should fight against the ruling party at the grassroots.

All India Congress Committee (AICC) secretary in-charge for MP, Arun Kumar, who accompanied Sami to Bhopal, severely criticised the State Government for propagating the National Employment Guarantee Scheme as if it were its own. He also assured the party workers that their grievances would be redressed and aspirations met.

Union Ministers Suresh Pachauri and Kantilal Bhuria and Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly Jamuna Devi also addressed the convention.

First Published: Feb 12, 2006 13:33 IST