The National Rural Employment
Guarantee (NREG) is in shambles
Many states have not
implemented or said what they are using the money for
Only West Bengal has used it
wisely and fruitfully
National Rural Employment Guarantee (NREG) seems to be in shambles with
states either not implementing them or not reporting what they are doing with
the money. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Government portrayed the NREG
as the major poverty alleviation scheme that will lift millions out of poverty
but bad enforcement, monitoring, and approval systems have robbed any promised
benefit from the people. A frustrated Government admits that it has no idea how
many people actually benefited from this program even within the last 2 months.
The economically backward Northeastern states and literacy enabled Kerala have
made little headway in this scheme. While several millions have been released,
there is no record of usage or reporting of what the monies are being used for.
At best, the number of job cards issued in these states is negligent in
proportion to their population. Officials blame the poor law and order
situation in northeastern States for the delay in implementation.
It is only in
West Bengal with a more development-focused Chief Minister Buddhadev
Bhattacharya has there been any progress. WB has jobs for 4.9 million people.