Orissa fails to deliver services in NREGS: Rahul

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Bhubaneswar, Mar 10 (UNI) AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi today said the BJD-BJP government in Orissa had failed to deliver the goods in the implementation of the NREGS programme in the state.

Addressing newspersons after winding up his four days' extensive tours to several districts of Orissa, Mr Gandhi described the NREGS as one of the most revolutionary programme launched by the UPA government for the rural poor.

However, there had been a problem in the delivery and distribution of services in Orissa where the people were still unaware of the scheme and deprived of the job card.

Mr Gandhi said during his visit to several villages, he had found lack of compressive strategy in implementing the programmes by the state government.

He said even though the central government supported the states by funding several schemes, the state had failed to address the problem of distribution and implementation.

Mr Gandhi denied allegations that the Congress-ruled states had also failed to implement the NREGS properly stating that in Andhra Pradesh the scheme was very successful benefiting millions of people.

The AICC General Seretary said he was not here to blame any state but maintained that certain issues had to be resolved and the state government had to do lot of work in this regard.

On being asked how he rated the performance of Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Mr Gandhi said, ''It is the people who would decide and not me.'' He opposed the bauxite mining in Niyamgiri hill in Kalahandi district on the ground that it would upset the environment, disturb the water source and cultural identity.

Mr Gandhi said he was not against the industrialisation but the government must look into ''what happens to the resources and the people who will be displaced in the project''.

He said he had spoken to the tribals of the area and they alleged that the mining would bring in disaster to the environment and disturb the cultural sanctity of the area.

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