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State mismanaging NREG: Jamuna

LEADER OF Opposition in the State Assembly, Jamuna Devi, has requested the Prime Minister to appoint a special observer for proper implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme in MP.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2006 14:16 IST

LEADER OF Opposition in the State Assembly, Jamuna Devi, has requested the Prime Minister to appoint a special observer for proper implementation of National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme in MP.

In a letter written to the Prime Minister, Jamuna Devi charged the State Government with gross mismanagement and politicisation of the ambitious scheme.

She said that the State Government in its own wisdom has decided to issue job cards only to the families listed in the BPL survey, which in itself was against the provisions of the Act. Besides, BPL list in MP was not ready yet, resulting in a lot of confusion and lack of clarity in issuing job cards, she added.

She further charged that encroaching on the role of panchayats, the State Government has not given central role to panchayats in issuing job cards as provided for in the Act, and instead other agencies have been involved in issuance of job cards.

Further, the State Government was using photographs of Chief Minister and the Minister for Rural Development in the publicity material for the scheme, which amounts to its politicization, she said.

If photographs have to be used, at least one photograph of Prime Minister should also be used so that no political mileage was unnecessarily drawn by the ruling party in the State, she said.

Stating that the Prime Minister has himself stressed the need for proper monitoring of different development programme, she said he, should therefore, consider appointing observers for each State where the scheme has been unrolled, specially for Madhya Pradesh, so that its implementation was ensured in letter and spirit of rural employment guarantee scheme and to prevent politicisation of such critical programmes.