Vasundhara plays down NREGA stand

Civil society organisations working with rural labourers objected to her suggestions.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: July 6, 2014 3:27 am

With civil society activists protesting against her veiled suggestion demanding the dilution of legal guarantee of unskilled jobs under the NREG Act, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Saturday sought to downplay her statement.

“I do not argue against guaranteeing employment. The right to guaranteed employment remains enshrined,” Raje said on Twitter.
However, she did not clarify whether she still supports the NREG Act or wants it be diluted to a scheme.

In a letter to Rural Development Minister Nitin Gadkari, Raje had questioned the logic of guaranteeing employment through an Act.
“I write to you on an important aspect of governance, namely, National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme Act (NREGSA). It is a moot issue why rural employment should be guaranteed by an Act, and why such employment cannot be delivered, or even guaranteed, as a scheme,” Raje wrote to Gadkari last month.

Civil society organisations working with rural labourers objected to her suggestions. On Saturday, Raje tweeted, “Remember, it was in my tenure that Rajasthan was number one in the implementation of MGNREGS. I would want that to happen again.”

“The idea is to fulfil the local needs, minimise waste and bring about positive outcomes through gainful and meaningful employment… this is possible when State Employment Guarantee Council is truly empowered & the design and implementation of the scheme is flexible. Thus, enlarging the scope of employment generation opportunities for meeting the various needs of the state,” she said.

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