Rural job scheme a path-breaking legislation: PM

October 2nd, 2008 - 9:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Oct 2 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday termed the rural job scheme as a “path-breaking legislation” and called upon the states and other stakeholders to make it successful.”The National Rural Employment Guarantee Act is a path-breaking legislation and is a landmark in the economic history of our people, in the regime of rights enjoyed by our people and in our effort for social equity and justice,” the prime minister said at a function here.

He also lauded Congress president Sonia Gandhi for conceiving the idea of rural job scheme and suggesting it to his government.

“Every working day, she (Sonia Gandhi) received the blessings of all those who are benefiting from this massive livelihood support program,” he said.

“The successful implementation of a program like national rural employment guarantee scheme (NREGS) depends on a number of factors,” said Singh, adding that the panchayats and the legal fraternity could play an important in its implementation.

Launched in 2006, this program is being implemented in 614 districts and is meant for the rural poor. In 2007-08, 34 million rural households have befitted from the scheme.

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