Gandhi, while addressing a rally at Kondagaon on Thursday, said the poverty level in the poll-bound state has not only increased but also that the implementation of the rural job scheme has not been proper in the state, leading to migration.
The Congress chief's allegations were not supported by NSSO information
But the Centre's own date received from the Planning Commission show that the number of people below the poverty line have decreased in Chhattisgarh by over 10 per cent in the past eight years. As per the information of the National Sample Survey Organisation, the percentage of people below the poverty line in Chhattisgarh was over 49 in 2004-05 while in 2011-12, it came down below 40.
If one compares the figures of Chhattisgarh with Delhi, a state ruled by the Congress for 15 years now, the poverty level there has fallen by a mere 3 per cent.
Regarding implementation of the MGNREGA, Chhattisgarh has won the exemplary performance award for two consecutive years now. The Maoist-affected Kanker district was selected by the Centre for a successful implementation of the scheme in 2011-12 fiscal.
Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley accused the Congress chief of misleading people.