Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge once again targeted the Modi government on Wednesday. He claimed that despite a one-third reduction in the budget, the Modi government still owes Rs 6,366 crore for MNREGA labor in 18 states and union territories.
Commending the Congress-initiated flagship rural employment guarantee program, MNREGA, which was launched 18 years ago, he said that on this day in 2005, the Congress-UPA government ensured the right to work for millions of people.
Ongoing Reductions by the Government
Kharge stated on social media that the Modi government has slashed the MNREGA budget by 33% this year. Furthermore, there is a pending due of Rs 6,366 crore for MNREGA labor across 18 states and union territories. However, the scheme, initiated by the Congress, remains crucial for around 14.42 crore workers, with more than half being women.
A Lifesaver Amidst the Pandemic
The Congress President mentioned that during the lockdown imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MNREGA became a lifeline for the laborers. MNREGA compensated for 80% of the income loss during the pandemic and played a positive role in helping people sustain their livelihoods during challenging times. He highlighted that on this day, the MNREGA was enacted under the leadership of Manmohan Singh.