Don’t curtail NREGA: State to Centre
Don’t Curtail NREGA: State to Centre. The Telangana State Assembly has on Wednesday adopted a unanimous resolution requesting the Centre not to curtail the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA).
Assembly passes a resolution unanimously objecting the Union government’s move
Hyderabad: The Telangana State Assembly has on Wednesday adopted a unanimous resolution requesting the Centre not to curtail the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA).
A similar resolution was adopted by the Legislative Council last week unanimously. The resolution was moved by State IT and Panchayat Raj Minister K Taraka Rama Rao. Amendments suggested by Opposition leader K Jana Reddy and BJP floor leader K Laxman were accepted by the Minister and changes were made in the resolution accordingly.
Jana Reddy wanted the resolution to contain linking of agricultural works to the employment guarantee scheme. The original resolution said ‘the Telangana government expresses deep resentment at curtailing the scheme to 78 mandals out of the 442 revenue mandals in the State’. Laxman wanted the government to change the phrase ‘deep resentment’ to ‘objection’.
He also wanted the government to seek continuation of the scheme only in the ‘most backwards mandals and villages’. But this was not accepted by the government.
The resolution that was passed unanimously called upon the Central government to continue the scheme ‘in all the mandals and villages of the State’. The resolution referred to the NDA government's recent decision to drastically scale down the operation of the scheme by limiting it to just 2,500 blocks across the country.
The resolution said the curtailment of the scheme would adversely affect the livelihoods of Dalits and women in the rural areas of the State.