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Sonia Gandhi voices concern over MGNREGA budget cut, Centre hits back

Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Sonia Gandhi urged the government to make adequate allocations to MGNREGA, a scheme that had helped the government during the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensure payments within 15 days.

March 31, 2022 / 02:36 PM IST
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi (File image: PTI)

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi (File image: PTI)

Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Thursday voiced concern over the budgetary cut for MGNREGA, contending that several states have negative balance in their accounts to the tune of Rs 5000 crore which has led to delays in payments to workers.

Raising the issue during the Zero Hour, Gandhi urged the government to make adequate allocations to MGNREGA, a scheme that had helped the government during the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensure payments within 15 days.

Rural Development Minister Giriraj Singh and I&B Minister Anurag Thakur hit back at Gandhi, accusing her of politicising the issue and claimed that her remarks were far from truth.

The issue raised by the honourable member is far from the truth.