Nitish Kumar government not implementing NREGA properly: Raghuvansh

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Muzaffarpur, May 25 (UNI) Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh today alleged that Nitish Kumar government was not executing National Rural Employment Guarantee(NREGA) Scheme in Bihar properly, forcing the labourers to seek employment in other parts of the country.

Mr Singh told reporters here that implementation of the NREGA was poor and only Rs 465 crore was spent in 2007-08 despite the fact that all the 38 districts in the state were covered by the scheme sponsored by the Centre.

Citing relevant figures in this regard, Mr Singh said only nine districts were covered by the NREGA in Andhra Pradesh but the state had spent 1368 crore in 2007-08, while the Madhya Pradesh government spent Rs 2561 crore for implementing the scheme in 31 districts during the same period.

Similarly, performance of Uttar Pradesh, Rajsthan and Chhatisgarh was also better that of Bihar in implementation of this scheme, he said adding the Nitish Kumar government had provided job cards to only 6.4 million people while many of them could not find employment as envisaged in NREGA.

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