Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has written to Narendra Modi to ensure that the provisions of MNREGA are not diluted. Similar appeal came from Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in the recent months.
Soren has written expressing his opposition to the proposals announced by former Union Minister for Rural Development Nitin Gadkari that the NDA Government may restrict the scheme’s implementation to 2500 districts all over the country. Gadkari also proposed that the government may change the permissible labour to material ratio of expenses from the current 60:40 to 51:49 to build more concrete assets.
The Chief Minister has noted that it is unfair to deprive poor households in some select districts of working in MNREGA if they happened to live in a relatively well-off district.
“The programme generated 4.4 crore person days of employment in Jharkhand in 2013-14 providing much-needed relief to 17 lakh MNREGA workers. MNREGA led to the creation of numerous productive assets in Jharkhand, including close to 100,000 wells that enable small and marginal farmers to grow higher-value crops,” Soren highlights in his letter.
Minister for Rural Development Chaudhary Birendra Singh informed that the NDA Government was no longer considering the changes announced by his predecessor.