Passage of MGNREGA


It is strange that it requires anniversaries to revive political conversations and media interest about major poverty alleviation schemes like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) (Front page graphic – “10 years of change”, Feb.3) Instead of steering a reasoned public debate towards analysing the ways and means to rejuvenate the scheme, the Congress and the BJP are needlessly trying to blame each other for orphaning the social security programme that became the lifeline of millions of rural households. Political parties and governments do not own social schemes which are national endeavours to address chronic poverty. A part of the money being raked in by the government by levying cesses and now lying unutilised can be diverted to the scheme (“ >Fund crunch in 14 States”, Feb.3).

V.N. Mukundarajan,


The relevance of programmes such as MGNREGA even 68 years after Independence shows that such schemes continue to serve as a tool for political parties to garner votes rather than alleviating poverty, especially in rural India. The objective of MGNREGA may look and sound impressive on paper but there are many defects in its implementation such as corruption, misuse of funds and benefits not reaching those deserving of it. It appears to be making rural folk lethargic besides being a drain of taxpayer money.

Kshirasagara Balaji Rao,


The government’s lack of interest in one of the major pro-poor initiatives taken by the UPA government smacks of vendetta politics (“Govt. stifling scheme charges Cong”, Feb.3). Ever since the BJP government assumed office, it has been trying to dilute the Act with several ill-advised moves. The poorer sections must continue to get their only source of succour.

Manikandan M.,


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