TMC will knock on the door of the minister to claim the unpaid funds of the MNREGA | India News
With the upcoming panchayat polls in the state, MNREGA funds which ensure rural sustainability to a large extent, have become a contentious issue with the state government accusing the BJP run center of non-payment. Rs 6,500 crore is owed to the state, TMC Rajya Sabha MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, who will be part of the delegation led by Lok Sabha party leader Sudip Bandopadhyay, claimed on Thursday.
Banerjee had written to Prime Minister Modi on May 12, complaining about the Centre’s delays in releasing funds allocated to the state under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) and also programs of Prime Minister Awas Yojana, requesting his intervention in the matter. She had sent the letter to Modi on a day when retail inflation in the country had risen to 7.79%, making life difficult for ordinary citizens.
In his strongly worded letter, Banerjee had said, “It is astonishing that the Government of India is not releasing funds to West Bengal for MGNREGA and Prime Minister Awas Yojana. You know that MGNREGA wages are an important part of rural people’s livelihood and given this importance, the law states that wages must be paid within a fortnight,” Modi said.
The Chief Minister claimed in May that payment of MGNREGA’s salary in Bengal had been pending for more than four months, which is believed to have increased further by now. “Despite this (good) performance, a new allocation of funds in West Bengal is pending with the Ministry of Rural Development and a long list of recipients is awaiting sanction in the state,” the Chief Minister had said.
Considering the importance of the projects and the difficulties faced by ordinary people, the Chief Minister and the Congress Leader of Trinamool have requested the intervention of the Prime Minister and the leadership of the relevant ministry to release the funds without further delay. But with no movement to release the funds so far, the TMC delegation is expected to make this an issue at the national level.