Railway Minister M. Mallikarjun Kharge has said it is the duty of Congress legislators and Ministers and party workers to inform people about the welfare and development works taken up by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre during its two terms and blunt the “false” campaign of the Opposition parties.

He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for a Valmiki Bhavan, to be constructed by the Social Welfare Department, at Hattikuni village in Yadgir district on Sunday. The project has been taken up at a cot of Rs. 10 lakh.

Mr. Kharge said the Opposition parties were spreading “falsehood” that no development work was taken up by the Congress-led UPA government.

He said Congress workers, particularly legislators, Ministers and members of the panchayat raj institutions and local bodies, should counter the Opposition campaign and bring the facts before people.

He said the UPA government introduced the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, which guarantees 100 days of mandatory employment for people in rural areas, and made right to education a fundamental right so that all children up to the age of 14 get free education irrespective of their socio-economic status. Mr. Kharge said it was the Congress that was responsible for according the Scheduled Caste tag for the Banjara community.

He said there was a need for giving more stress on the educational empowerment of women in the Hyderabad Karnataka region.

Textiles Minister Baburao Chinchansur also spoke on the occasion. Medical Education Minister Sharanprakash Patil was present.

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