Saturday, August 20, 2016
B’NGIR NREGS WORKERS NOT PAID FOR 2 MONTHS Saturday, 20 August 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
B’NGIR NREGS WORKERS NOT PAID FOR 2 MONTHS
Saturday, 20 August 2016 | PNS | BALANGIR | in Bhubaneswar
Even though both the Central and State Governments make tall claims of providing jobs to poor people at their door steps and making wage payments timely to improve their livelihoods, an instance of discrepancy has come to the fore in Balangir district where MGNREGS workers have not received wages for the last two months.
The rainfall in July and August this year intensified agricultural operations and also provided impetus for plantation activities carried out by the Forest Department. However, the department faced an unexpected difficulty in getting labourers for plantation work.
“The labourers are being allured to work in the agriculture fields with offers of wages and feasts. We cannot offer that. We are finding it difficult to get labourers for plantation work,” said a forest official under anonymity condition.
He said situation has worsened for them to take up plantation work as daily wagers, who had worked under MGNREGS, have not been paid wages for the last two months in the district.
Sources said MGNREGA money has not been credited to the account of labourers since June 28. The district gets around Rs20 crore for different MGNREGA works.
A few days ago, district Collector Ashis Thakre has written a letter to Panchyati Raj Department Special Project Director requesting him look into the non-credit of payment matter.