MG-NREGA Funds Not Spent in Bihar: Paswan
LJP president Ramvilas Paswan today criticized Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for his failure to utilize funds for MG-NREGA in the state and asked him to bring separate status reports on implementation of MG-NREGA, power and water crisis, education and health.

Paswan said the MG-NREGA was demand based and funds were released by the Centre to the states based on the labour demand arising at the field level.

The NDA government in Bihar had failed to utilize MG-NREGA funds of Rs 471.66 crore during 2007-08, Rs 871.38 crore and Rs 541.33 crore during 2008-09 and 2009-10 respectively, the former union minister claimed.

"One can well imagine the status of MG-NREGA progress in Bihar for providing 100 days of wage employment to every rural household in every financial year for doing unskilled manual work," the MP said and alleged that there was rampant corruption in execution of MG-NREGA.

The state government was also a total failure in tackling power and water crisis, ensuring quality education and health, he alleged and said the state government was busy in highlighting its achievements though there is nothing visible on the grounds.

Paswan announced that the LJP would seek status report from the state government to substantiate as to what were the major changes seen on the front of electricity, health and education compared to the 15 year-rule of RJD.

"We don't see any change in the state's position," he said and added that the LJP would launch intensive awareness campaign among the people against the failures of the state government.

Referring to the Right to Service Act being implemented by the Bihar government for weeding out corruption in providing public utility services, Paswan said if at all any legislation needed to be brought, it should be Right to House bill.

"Every homeless family in the state and the country should be covered and a house be made available for stay," he said, adding there should not not be any facility for reservation under the bill.

Paswan also accused Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh of threatening LJP leader Vijay Singh, who had lost to his son Sumit Kumar Singh by a margin of less than 200 votes in the Assembly elections from Chakai in 2010.

"The minister is threatening my party leader and asking him to take back the writ petition filed by him seeking to countermand the election to Chakai seat," he said.

Paswan alleged that the Jamui district administration too was 'acting in connivance with the minister and planning to withdraw Vijay Singh's bodyguards. Chakai falls under Jamui district.

"We request Chief Minister to take necessary step in this connection," the LJP supremo added.
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