New Delhi: Under persistent opposition for suggesting converting Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) into a job guarantee scheme, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has spelled out that she did not argue against the Act.
“The idea is to fulfill the local needs, minimize waste and bring about positive outcomes through gainful and meaningful employment,” she tweeted on Saturday.
She said this was possible only when the State Employment Guarantee Council is truly empowered and the design and implementation of the scheme is flexible, thus enlarging the scope of employment generation opportunities for meeting the various needs of the State.
“I do not argue against guaranteeing employment. The right to guaranteed employment remains enshrined,” she wrote in her tweet.
Earlier CPI (M) had protested against the BJP - led government's proposals to make changes to the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.
Reacting to reports that Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had proposed to stop the legal guarantee under the Act and convert it into a scheme, the Politburo of the CPI (M) said, “Any move to scrap or weaken the Act will be opposed”.
The CPI (M) said had said, “BJP had promised job creation during its election campaign and is now suggesting the elimination of the MGNREGA, the only legal guarantee for creation of jobs”.