"The tendencies of acquiring easy money and using government funds for political party promotion could be curbed only when a spirited team of genuine and unbiased individuals is asked to look into the question of reforming MNREGA," the government said.
Citing various studies and excerpts of CAG reports on MGNREGA, it added, "What is urgently required is a thorough review of the scheme by independent organisations and individuals, essentially those who so far have never been involved with MoRD (Ministry of Rural Development) schemes."
A note prepared by the Nitin Gadkari-led MoRD said, "Unless an extremely likely network of interests is not broken, the real picture will not emerge.
"Excerpts of CAG reports and critical studies, including those done during the UPA regime and presented at a conference called by the that government, are an eye opener. These reports rarely find mention in MoRD documents.     

"These reports are testimony to the fact that the scheme was allowed to be exploited for purely partisan purposes in states like Andhra Pradesh," it said.
The government's reiteration of its stand comes two days after several leading economists urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not dilute the provisions of the rural employment guarantee programme, which provides economic security to millions of poor.
However, the ministry said it was necessary for the scheme to be converted into "a popular movement aimed at zero- unemployment in villages".
"'HamaraGaon-HamaraRojgar!–HamaraVikas!', or similar slogans may inspire villagers to use the scheme to evolve a collective vision for their village and, in the process, eradicate unemployment completely.
"Unless this spirit is successfully inculcated, the scheme will continue to be yet another government programme where money is doled out. Since anyway it is easy money, all participating agencies and individuals consider nothing wrong in seeking personal benefits out of the same," the ministry said.

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