Rural development minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said that his ministry will be taking hard and tough measures for an effective social auditing of the flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). The minister will be meeting the Comptroller-and-Auditor-General (CAG) on
Wednesday in a bid to put in place effective social auditing measures at the district and state levels in the country.
Mr Ramesh on Tuesday took part in the day-long workshop on social auditing of the MGNREGA which was attended by former Union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar, social activist Aruna Roy, Sandeep Pandey and MGNREGA council members, which included the Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit.
In a clear message that he will be taking tough decisions to curb malpractice in the implementation of the MGNREGA, Mr Ramesh told reporters that he will be meeting the CAG on Wednesday in this regard, while adding that the Andhra Pradesh model needs to be replicated in other states.
Recalling an interaction with the former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Y.S. Reddy, Mr Ramesh said that despite a number of MPs and MLAs protesting against the social auditing of the MGNREGA, the chief minister stood to the ground and refused any compromise. The minister, however, stated that the attempt to replicated the AP model in Bihar and Assam did not result in the desired ways. Asian Age