MNREGA fell prey to corruption in Gujarat when Modi was CM: Congress
VARANASI: Congress on
Sunday took a swipe on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his reported jibe at
UPA’s MNREGA scheme, saying the welfare scheme has fallen prey to corruption in
Gujarat during his tenure as Chief Minister, and the party will raise the issue
in the Rajya Sabha.
“Will give a befitting
reply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Rajya Sabha by exposing how MNREGA
fell prey to corruption of his partymen and government machinery in Gujarat
under his chief-ministership,” AICC General Secretary and in charge of party
affairs in Uttar Pradesh Madhusudan Mistry said.
Terming MNREGA as one
of the UPA’s flagship programmes for providing jobs to millions of poor people,
Mistry asked Modi to tell countrymen what schemes he has for providing mass
jobs to poor people “rather than just using lofty rhetorics”.
“Modi instead of just
giving such lofty speeches, should tell the countrymen that how will he be
providing jobs to millions of people, what schemes does his NDA government has
like MNREGA that can provide mass employment,” Mistry said.
PM Modi on Friday said
that MNERGA was the living monument of Congress failure. His remarks had drawn
strong reaction from the Congress leaders.
Mistry said that Prime
Minister Modi knows this very well that MNREGA was not the Congress party’s
failure, but it was his failure as the Gujarat’s chief minister, where the
MNREGA funds were siphoned off before reaching the real beneficiaries.
Misty also raised
question on why Modi failed to stop BJP leaders and the government machinery
from misusing the MNREGA funds.
According to Mistry,
MNREGA, in which the centre’s responsibility was that of providing funds to the
state governments and it was more responsibility of the state to ensure its
better implementation at the grassroots level.
Mistry described the
Union budget of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as anti–poor and said that it
mentioned nothing for the poor and the middle-class rather it focused to
benefit the corporates.
He also asked what has
Modi government given for Varanasi in the financial budget.
“A hike in GST to 14
per cent and corporate rates reduced from 30 per cent to 25 per cent shows the
government’s intentions for poor and middle-class people,” he said at the
sidelines of a three-day camp, organised by Congress party to train youth
Mistry also accused BJP
to do a flip-flop over GST and FDI. “Those who earlier used to oppose GST and
FDI now favouring these,” he said.
He asked Modi “not to
turn the living city of Varanasi into a museum in the name of preserving its
heritage sites” saying that “the Prime Minister should focus on city’s