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In both the Houses of Parliament on November, the issue of “Save MGNREGA, Save the Poor” was raised and in protest against the Union Government’s refusal to reply to the issues raised by CPI(M) MPs, MPs of Left Parties staged a walkout and joined the dharna at Jantar Mantar. The MPs succeeded in getting the assurance from the Presiding Officers of both the Houses that a separate structured discussion on this issue will be permitted soon. Shri Sitaram Yechury, Member, Polit Bureau and Leader, CPI(M) Group in Rajya Sabha and P. Karunakaran, Member, Central Committee and Leader, CPI(M) Group in Lok Sabha submitted a memorandum to Birender Singh, Minister for Rural Development, Government of India.
Nov. 27 2014
Speaker after speaker reminded the audience that the MNREGA was enacted by the UPA-I government because of the pressure mounted by the Left parties, on whose support they were dependent then. They lamented the fact that instead of making improvements in the implementation of MGNREGA to increase the number of workdays from the current dismal national average of 45 days to its full potential of 100 days, the BJP government is seeking to curtail and subvert the character of the employment guarantee scheme. They termed the moves to curtail the MGNREGA as a serious onslaught on the “rights and livelihood of the rural poor”.
Nov. 26 2014

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