COVID-19 rural crisis: Why MGNREGA needs a harder push -Debmalya Nandy
-Down to Earth
MGNREGA workers across the country on June 29 staged peaceful demonstration, raised demands for higher benefits and wages
The nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) left Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act 2005 (MGNREGA) workers in the lurch. Thousands such workers, facing an economic crisis, have demanded an increase in the annual guarantee of work to 200 days per person.
The workers from across the country on June 29,2020 raised demands for higher benefits and reserving the rights for local planning by Gram Sabha. Thousands of workers from 108 districts across 12 workers observed the day as ‘NREGA Adhikar Diwas’ and staged peaceful demonstrations from their worksites.
They also demanded that the daily wage rate be commensurate with the recommendations of the Seventh Pay Commission and asked for an increase to Rs 600 per day.
The demonstrations were staged under the banner of MGNREGA Sangharsh Morcha with the aim to convey their demands to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They are planning to submit a memorandum addressed to him soon.
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Down to Earth, 5 July, 2020, https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/covid-19-rural-crisis-why-mgnrega-needs-a-harder-push-72130