Payment to tribals held up under MGNREGA in MP: Digvijay Singh
New Delhi: Senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi informing him that those belonging to the Scheduled tribes and poor forest dwellers in Madhya Pradesh have not received payments under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.
Singh has shot this letter after completing a 6-month journey on foot along the banks of the Narmada river. He has particularly brought it to the notice of the PM that Rs 450 crore meant for payment as wages and for procurement of material remain unutilized in Madhya Pradesh due to lack of necessary sanction.
Singh, accompanied by 250 of his co-travellers/pilgrims, met a large number of villagers in the Nimad, Malwa and Vindhya region of the State.
Giving a breakup, Singh has written to the PM that the amount to be paid as wages and for material is as follows: Rs. 6 crore in Manipur, Rs. 10 crore in Dindori, Rs. 6 crore in Shahdol, Umariya Rs. 7 crore, Mandla Rs. 13 crore, Seoni Rs. 12 crore, Balaghat Rs. 23 crore, khargone Rs 12 crore, Khandwa Rs. 9 crore, Dhar Rs 18 crore, Alirajpur Rs. 12 crore, Jhabua Rs. 10 crore. According to Singh this is clear violation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.