New Delhi : Arguing that MNREGA – the flagship programme of the UPA regime was used for pure partisan purpose, the NDA government is set to undertake a ‘thorough review’ of scheme.

Giving reasons for its decision, the Rural Development Ministry on Thursday suggested that it could be linked with skill development programme, a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Rural Development Ministry on Thursday came out with reasons for its plans to reform the scheme and suggested that it could be linked with skill development programme, a pet project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Contending that the scheme has earned ‘quite a bad name’, a note issued by the Ministry said that under it there was “lack of genuinely demand-driven implementation mechanism (and) non-transparent functional structure”.

It also noted that there was “absolute lack of collectively thought-out development projects leading to complete delink between requirements of the village and the activities carried out under the scheme”.

Quoting various studies and excerpts of CAG reports on MNREGA, the Ministry said, “what is urgently required is a thorough ‘review’ of the scheme by independent organisations and individuals, essentially from those who so far have never been involved with MORD (Ministry of Rural Development) schemes.”

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