The man behind MGNREGA


Mukesh Ranjan

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 13

Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, 74, the veteran socialist chief who introduced his determination to stop the RJD from his hospital mattress simply 4 days earlier than his loss of life, was an inimitable mix of rustic aggression and studying, qualities that helped him carve a distinct segment for himself in Bihar politics.

The demise of RJD chief and former Union Minister — Raghuvanshbabu – has left a deep void in Bihar and nationwide politics. A grassroots chief, he had a novel capability to grasp the wants of the poor.

The brains behind the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA), Raghuvanshbabu, handed away on Sunday after extended sickness. The five-time Lok Sabha MP was admitted to AIIMS for post-Covid care, however needed to be placed on ventilator after his situation deteriorated on Saturday.

Raghuvanshbabu represented the Vaishali constituency in Bihar for 5 consecutive phrases, dropping his final two elections in 2014 and 2019 after the Modi-led NDA swept the state twice.

He is broadly credited for the success of MGNREGA, which for the Congress proved an electoral plank within the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at all times held him in excessive esteem, as social gathering insiders say she had even supplied him to grow to be the PCC president in Bihar, which he turned down, saying he had spent all his life within the RJD and would favor to stay with it.

In UPA-I, MGNREGA was first given to the Labour Ministry to formulate and implement. But even after a 12 months, nothing was finished, whereas the North Block and the Yojana Bhavan argued towards the initiative.

But the UPA chairperson needed it to occur, and so she roped in Raghuvanshbabu, who in one of many Union Cabinet conferences had urged that the scheme be given to the Rural Development Ministry.



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