Accusing the BJP-led Government of neglecting the MGNREGA, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday said in times of “rural distress”, the one thing that staved off hunger was the employment programme and now that too was in the “doldrums”.
The former finance minister claimed that the states had exhausted the money allotted for the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and an amount of only Rs 331 crore was left for the remaining three months of the current fiscal. There was no indication that the Centre would provide more money, he said.
Another worrying factor was that the MGNREGA was no longer demand driven and the work was provided on the basis of availability of funds, Chidambaram said in a series of tweets.
“With funds not available, work has completely stopped in many panchayats,” he claimed.
In times of rural distress, the “neglect” of the MGNREGA by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government was unpardonable, the Congress leader asserted.
“Agricultural prices are low. Job opportunities are dismal. The one thing that staved off hunger was MGNREGA. And that programme is in the doldrums,” he said. mmu and Kashmir Bank here, police said
Police received information that the J&K Bank ATM machine was taken away by thieves from Baba Talab on Saturday, SSP Jammu Tajinder Singh told reporters.
During investigations, it was found that the thieves had dumped the ATM machine at Chowki Chowra while decamping with the cash amounting to over Rs 1 million, he said.
Acting on intelligence, the Jammu police in collaboration with their counterparts from Samba and Kathua laid check points at different parts of the three districts during the night, the SSP said.
During the overnight operation, police were able to arrest six suspects and two vehicles which were involved in commission of the crime were seized, along with generator, cutter and other equipment, he said.
Police have recovered Rs 8.80 lakh from them, Singh said. One suspect is still at large.