Ranchi: The flagship social welfare programme of United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, Mahatama Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS), seems to be withering in Jharkhand.

The state though provided employment to 40 percent registered families, only 6 percent of them got wages for their 100 days of work.

Dissatisfied with poor implementation of the scheme in the state, Union Minister of State for Planning and Implementation, Ashwani Kumar said that Jharkhand has failed to implement the pro-poor scheme properly.

Kumar told the reporters, “Centre, in consultation with state government, will find out the reasons behind the loopholes in the scheme.”

States like Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Andhra Pradesh have fared well in the implementation of the scheme, added the Minister.

He said, “The Centre has no discrimination against states ruled by the opposition parties in the name of development. No scheme sponsored by the Centre is in limbo for want of funds.”

To tackle the naxal problem, the UPA-II is providing funds for developmental work in the 60 naxal-hit districts in the country. The Government had earmarked Rs 25 crore each to those districts last fiscal, the fund has been increased to Rs 30 crore for the current financial year.

The inadequate irrigation facilities in Jharkhand proved to be a bottleneck in the path of development. About 92 percent agrarian land is rain-fed.

“Jharkhand has been suggested to link National Agriculture Development Scheme with the MNREGS for getting desired results,” said the Minister.


JPN/Bureau