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Raghuvansh ignores Plan panel's suggestion, says no to change in NREGA scheme

Even as the flagship National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) scheme continues to face problems at the implementation level, Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, ignoring suggestions by Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia and other economists, has refused to bring any major change in the scheme. After the NREGA was rolled out in 2002, the Planning Commission had written at least twice to “dovetail” another flagship programme — The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) — along with the NREGA schemes. According to the ...