UPA counters Oppn claim on low rural spending

In a bid to hit back at the chief ministers who have complained of inadequate funding for rural development projects, especially the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), Union Rural Development Minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh released a report detailing funding for the last eight years. "I challenge any chief minister to stand up now and say that he didn't get money from the UPA (United Progressive Alliance)," he thundered.