‘Don’t have money to celebrate Diwali’: MGNREGA workers in UP

'To get my due payment is all I want. It's Diwali, I wanted to buy sweets, clothes, and gifts for my girls and family'.
'If the money is received, my girls can go to school again. I can deposit their fees and they can start studying. Children would be delighted to buy clothes and toys too, it's Diwali after all'.
'I want my money. Festival is a time to celebrate. Girls will be happy to get gifts, new clothes, and sweets. Right now it's difficult to even provide food, how do I pay for their school?'

As per MGNREGA (rural employment guarantee act), payments should be disbursed within 15 days of work being completed. But sadly 50 laborers are facing various difficulties as they have not been paid for work done under MGNREGA 6 months ago in Jamalapur village of Jaunpur district in Uttar Pradesh.

Please call the BDO of Ramnagar on +91-9454465277 and ask him to release payments immediately.

Babita Maurya reports from Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh for IndiaUnheard.

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