LIVE: Shri @RahulGandhi addresses the MGNREGA Workers' Meet at Koliyadi, Sulthan Bathery, Wayanad. nitter.fdn.fr/i/broadcasts/1Yq…
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5000 people have got work here under MGNREGA over the last 3 years & you have spent 10 crore rupees under the programme and aim to spend 14 crore this year. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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You have been innovative, you have done water conservation and helped in building basic infrastructure here as well. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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I'm very happy to come here and see that you're successfully implementing MGNREGA. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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I'd like to tell you a little bit about MGNREGA from the national perspective. MGNREGA was not an easy thing to achieve. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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MGNREGA was conceptualised, developed & implemented by the UPA govt. When the idea was first mentioned there was tremendous resistance to the idea of MGNREGA. : Shri @RahulGandhi

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The arguments that were put forward by the bureaucrats & big businesses were basically that this is going to be a huge waste of money. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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In any modern country the idea of a minimum wage is critical. Meaning what is the lowest cost at which a labourer is made to work. Because as we know that cost determines the dignity of labour. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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And those of us who were pushing this idea wanted that no Indian should be allowed to work for less than a dignified wage : Shri @RahulGandhi
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So MGNREGA provided a floor below which nobody would be asked to work. This was frankly a revolutionary change in India. But the other idea was that it should be a dynamic, evolving idea. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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Another focus was that we should use our people to build infrastructure; to build India with dignity. It was designed to protect our people. And in no way was it a charity. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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I was shocked when I heard PM Modi speak against MGNREGA, calling it a living monument of the failures of the UPA. He called it a drain on the exchequer. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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The PM actually hadn't understood that MGNREGA was a last resort and provided huge protection for millions of Indians. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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I watched how thousands of people were left without jobs during Covid, and MGNREGA saved them. PM didn't comment about MGNREGA then and after that. It was obvious what he called a monument of failures had protected India during Covid : Shri @RahulGandhi
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Another important aspect of MGNREGA is that it's a partnership between the govt, the people & the panchayats. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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MGNREGA has to evolve with time. Today with demonetisation & a flawed GST, our economy is crippled. MGNREGA becomes even more important in providing protection to our people. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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Govt should seriously listen to the demand of increasing the days of MGNREGA to 200 days, and seriously consider raising the wages of labourers. You are suggesting Rs 400 a day, and expansion of the scheme to include paddy cultivation. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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The idea of MGNREGA has to evolve. It has to be linked to the current economic situation. We also have to think how to apply its principles to the urban economy. It must be based on dignity of the labourer. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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It must be noted MGNREGA is only one part of the solution. It's like a shock absorber that can protect you from a shock. But if the engine of the car doesn't work then the shock absorber is useless. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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The engine is the broader economy, the creator of jobs. It requires harmony in society. These are some of the challenges India is facing today. None of these would be solved through hatred and anger. We have to work unitedly to solve these problems. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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I'm very proud of the work you're doing here and this is actually the work of building the nation. : Shri @RahulGandhi
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