MGNREGA employees’ strike affects work in Palamu

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MGNREGA employees’ strike affects work in Palamu

Saturday, 01 August 2020 | M FAIYAZ AHMAD | DALTONGANJ

Jharkhand Rajya MGRENA Karamchari Sangh’ members have gone on an indefinite strike since July 27. State convener of NREGA Watch James Herunj said “In just two days of this indefinite strike between July 27 and 28 more than 20,000 engaged labourers working at as many as 186 MGNREG work sites in the district have gone out of job, work and wages.”

He said on July 25, a fleet of 3,173 Muster

Rolls were issued. On July 28 it fell down to 2,987. It meant 186 MGNREG schemes were affected as one Muster Roll is for one MGNREGA scheme.

Herunj said it is not only the downsizing of the Muster Roll as with its downsizing the number of engaged MGNREGA registered labourers too suffered a major decline.

There were 29,736 labourers working when the number of the Muster Rolls was 3,173. It was on July 25 two days ahead of the indefinite strike of the MGNREGA workers.

Herunj said on July 28 with Muster Roll pegging at 2,987  that is on the second day just of the indefinite strike that began on July 27 the number of engaged MGNREGA  labourers fell down from 29,736 to 9,714 thereby meaning more than 20,000 MGNREGA labourers did not work.

DC Palamu Shashi Ranjan is sanguine his administration will cope with the ill bearings of this indefinite strike of MGNREGA employees.

Ranjan sees hope in the capability of women of Sakhi Mandal (read women SHG) who as he said are competent to handle paper works related to MGNREG.

Ranjan said it is the job demand that is important in the opening stage and these women can do this.

The DC said he would be asking DDC Palamu S Jamuar to brief him of the swinging fate of MGNREG schemes in Palamu.

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