New Delhi: At a time when Mayawati-led BSP government in Uttar Pradesh has come under the sharp criticism from Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and Union Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh over MNREGA scams and deteriorating law and order situation, the Union Ministry of Programme Implementation and Statistics has bestowed the state with ‘Good Performance’ status.

Uttar Pradesh has been placed behind Congress ruled states like Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and BJP ruled states like Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh in the implementation of social schemes under 20-point programme.

As per the 17 standards on which the state government’s performance was evaluated, 11 were included in the outstanding category, five in the excellent category whereas the performances of projects for urban poor were ranked in the substandard category.

In the recent past, the state has not only been under the radar of the Congress party but even on the hit-list of many Union Ministers. While Rahul Gandhi has been continuously flaying the Mayawati government for its treatment with poor, Jairam Ramesh has targeted it over alleged scam in the MNERGA schemes.  

The UPA government in 2006 had started a new 20-point programme which specifically included schemes related to social welfare. Clear directions were issued from the Centre to the state governments over its proper implementation.

Significantly, at the time of evaluation during 2010-2011, it was found that five states had performed better than Uttar Pradesh.

On November 11, a meet including officials of Ministries and secretaries of states was organized under the leadership of Union minister of Statistics & Programme Implementation Srikant Jena.

In this meet, performance of states under 11 schemes like SGSY, Food Security Cover, Public Distribution System, ICDS, Anganwadi, housing schemes for poor and PMGSY were evaluated where the Uttar Pradesh was ranked under ‘Outstanding’ category, whereas the performance under Indira Awas yojna, earnings-related scheme for SHGs was termed ‘good.’

It is noteworthy that there was no mention of MNREGA schemes.

Notably, the Ministry evaluates the performance of the states on the basis of reports submitted by the Central Nodal Ministries and the states.