NEW DELHI: Clearing all the fears about the future of the MGNREGA scheme, the Centre on Tuesday said MGNREGA would see its revival in 2015-16 and assured the public that it would be providing all the financial support for the implementation of the scheme. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005, abbreviated as MGNREGA, is a national labor law which guarantees right to work.
At a function to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the MGNREGA scheme, the Finance Minister said that this year’s budget will see ‘highest’ ever spending on the job scheme, despite of it being a congress invented scheme.
Referring to the apprehensions that the NDA-Government may replace or terminate the scheme, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said “But the government has only moved forward. We have also hiked its fund allocation”.
The government seems to have changed its stance with the opposition parties, pulling down the government in public citing the implementation of the job scheme. Earlier, former Prime Minister Manmohan singh commented that the NDA has been sidelining the importance of MGNREGA as it was not theirs. Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi said, “This NDA regime is more worried of its fame than the implementation of policies. The Prime Minister should note that ‘rural development’ is the real development”.
On the other hand, Mr Jaitley clarified that the government is working over the electrification of villages apart from improving irrigation and sanitation facilities in rural areas.