Jairam Ramesh’s Letter To Mamta Banerjee on MNREGA

Mamata Banerjee

I am sharing a copy of the letter dated 19.10.12 received from the Union Minister of Rural Development. You would be shocked to see the attitude of the Central Government towards the State of West Bengal. In a federal structure, the Central Government and the State Governments perform their roles as per the Constitution in public interest. Good and effective governance deserves a clear delineation of governmental activity and political activity.

Under Central Government schemes like MGNREGA, Govt. of India funds are released to all the states for implementation of the scheme. Releasing funds for the Central schemes is not a matter of charity. This is a pure governmental activity.

I would invite your attention to Para 4 of the letter uploaded. The statement is clearly vindictive, unethical and unconstitutional. I am really stunned to see that a Union Minister can write a distasteful statement like this to a State Government. This creates a bad precedence and adds stigma to healthy democratic fibre of our country.

I would like to have a public opinion on this statement.


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