Cong: Expand MGNREGA as a security cover for poor, deprived

Kashmir Times. Dated: 8/24/2021 12:17:08 AM

NEW DELHI, Aug 23: The Congress on Monday remembered this day of August 23 in 2005 when Parliament passed the historic Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in under the visionary leadership of Congress-led UPA Government.

It called for the government to invest more money in this programme and expand it as it has been providing the security cover (Suraksha Kavach) to the poor and the deprived for the past 16 years.

In a series of tweets, the Congress narrated how MGNREGA ensured employment guarantee in the rural areas, because of which money came in the hands of the poor and increased the demand in the market.

NO TWEETS BY RAHUL: The Congress is using its Twitter handle INCIndia to the hilt since it were unlocked, but its former president Rahul Gandhi continued boycott of his Twitter account for the 18th day since it was locked on August 6, preferring to use other social media accounts like Facebook instead of returning to Twitter even after 10 days of Twitter unlocking his handle and allowing him to tweet. His last Twitter page is on August 6 at 3.31 PM on #FarmersProtest.

In one of the tweets, the Congrss said MGNREGA also had a positive impact on India's economy as its war on the poverty and increase in the rural demand comes from more money coming in the hands of the poor.

It said MGNREGA was the only programme which became a helping hand for the poor and the deprived as MGNREGA helped the rural unskilled labour, daily farm labour, small and marginal farmers, women, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. It pulled out 27.1 crore Indians from poverty between 2006 and 2016. "It contributed to the fastest poverty reductions as per the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index of 2019."

"MGNREGA is a perfect example of how a thoughtful and visionary policy can save the lives of generations of Indians to come," the Congress said in yet another tweet. It added that "Sabka saath, sabka vikas" a mere election slogan for some, but MGNREGA proved to be monument of success and a way of life for those living in the villages.

Asserting that MGNREGA has protected the interests of the citizens, the Congress said it "dents poverty, increases rural demand, raises bargaining power, reduces distress migration and puts money in the hands of the poor," far, far better than any other government scheme.



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