The UP government has hit back at Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh following his note to Chief Minister Mayawati accusing her of protecting those involved in alleged irregularities in implementation of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).
 
In this note, Ramesh listed names of officers alleged to be involved in the scam. Reacting to the note UP Cabinet Secretary Shashank Shekhar said "Uttar Pradesh is the best performing state,'' as far as the rural employment scheme is concerned.