Centre biased in MNREGA fund release: UP Minister

State Rural Development Minister Arvind Kumar Singh “Gope” on Friday alleged that the Centre was biased in release of funds to Uttar Pradesh under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: May 18, 2013 3:30 am

State Rural Development Minister Arvind Kumar Singh “Gope” on Friday alleged that the Centre was biased in release of funds to Uttar Pradesh under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Admitting that last year not a single work was created in as many as 1,084 gram panchayats and as many as 30 per cent families were provided lesser number of man-days,the Minister said: “Considering there are 52,000 gram panchayats in the state,the number of such panchayats where no work was created is just one per cent. Thus,following fund crises faced by the state,the kind of work undertaken should be appreciated.”

He further informed that due to shortage of funds from the Centre,there are 3,13,699 such works in the state,where not a single money could be spent in past four months due to shortage of funds. He informed that in the financial year 2012-13, Centre released only 44 per cent of the labour budget. Then for the first quarter of current financial year,Government of India released only Rs 420 crore against the demand for Rs 1275 crore.

Gope further added that unlike UP,states like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have been given 2412 crore and 1142 crore respectively for the first quarter of the year. He also alleged that Central Government has also not released desired funds of Rs 3.96 crore for ambitious Electronic Fund Management System,where NREGA benefit is to be directly transferred to the accounts of the beneficiaries.

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