Centre should monitor NREGS: Rahul tells PM

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New Delhi, Feb 28 (UNI) Mr Rahul Gandhi, AICC General Secretary, today took a delegation of Congress MPs to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and suggested that the Centre monitor the implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) to ensure that it benefits all the poor people.

Talking to reporters after the 20-minute meeting at Parliament House, Mr Gandhi told reporters that the delegation also sought coordination among various states for effective implementation of the UPA's flagship programme for the rural masses.

NREGS had ''very good results'' in some states and ''poor results'' in others, Mr Gandhi said.

The other members of the delegation were Mr Jyotiraditya Scindia, Mr Jitin Prasad, Mr Milind Deora, Mr Sandeep Dikshit, Ms Tajaswini Ramesh, Mr Deepender Hooda, Mr Tushar Amarsingh Choudhry, Mr Pallam Raju, Mr Devbrat Singh and Mr Balashowri Vallabh Aneni.

Mr Gandhi said the delegation in all made ''seven, eight'' recommendations.

Asked whether the delegation met the Prime Minister also to ''take credit'' for the financial package for farmers which was expected in the Budget, he said, ''We are not trying to take credit for anything unfortunately.'' ''I do not think it is fair to criticise the implementation of the programme, stating that funds are being misused,'' he said.

Relying to a question, he said he would go to Orissa on March 6 to launch his all India tour as part of his efforts to reinvogarate the party apparatus.

Giving further details of the meeting, AICC spokesman Abishek Singhvi said the delegation also sought a social auditing mechanism to ensure that all those who needed the scheme got it and those who did not were kept out.

The scheme, which was restricted to the poorest districts now, should be expanded nation-wide progressively in a transparent manner.

The scheme should be provided with IT infrastructure which would offer facts and figures at the press of a button and ensure greater accountability.

Dr Singh appreciated the initiative of the young MPs and their concern for the poor, Dr Singhvi said.

Andhra Pradesh figured at the meeting as the best performing state on this initiative, he said.

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