New Delhi: After expressing his displeasure over the mismanagement of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) schemes in Uttar Pradesh by writing a letter to Chief Minister Mayawati, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh has shot off another letter containing similar content to state Rural Development Minister Daddu Prasad.

In his letter, Ramesh stated that judging by the rampant corruption in the project, a CBI inquiry into all the scams has become the need of the hour.

Earlier, as a reply to Ramesh’s letter to Mayawati, Daddu Prasad had blamed the Ministry for stalling important initiatives by not responding to the state’s requests.

Following which, Ramesh speaking in tougher tone said, “The purpose of writing a letter to Mayawati was not political but to highlight the irregularities in the implementation of the MGNREGA schemes in the state which has been proved in the inquiry report of several districts. The irregularities have been highlighted by the unbiased probe of independent investigating agencies at a national level.”

Clarifying his stand, he said, there is no reason to be biased with the state. His Ministry is working for the development of the states like Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa and Chhattisgarh. In many of the non-Congress states, the Ministry has even resolved many pending cases, he added.   

JPN/Bureau