Staff Reporter

Kozhikode: Youth Congress State president T. Siddique has asked the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) what agitation it had held demanding extension of the National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREG) programme to all districts in the country.

Talking to reporters here on Thursday, Mr. Siddique said DYFI president P. Sreeramakrishnan had claimed that the extension of the NREG programme to all districts was a victory for the organisation. The fact is that the implementation of the programme is the worst in the Communist Party of India (Marxist)-ruled States of Kerala and West Bengal.

(The Centre recently announced the extension of the project to all districts in the country.)

Though Centre had disbursed Rs.36.56 crore during last financial year for the implementation of the NREG programme in Kerala, the State government spent only Rs.27.89 crore.

The Centre has allotted Rs.54.35 crore this year and the State has spent only Rs.26.52 crore so far. This amounts to cheating of the unemployment youth in the State. If the State government continues with its laidback approach, the Youth Congress will launch agitations.

Mr. Siddique said the Youth Congress welcomes the Centre’s decision to extend the NREG programme to all districts. Though the initial plan was to extend it to all district in five years, this could be done in the third year itself. He said the All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi had to be congratulated for having worked for the extension of the programme.