9 people hadn't been paid for 100 days of work done under MGNREGA. 6 months later, they finally received their dues - with the help of a video that community correspondent Navita Devi made on this issue. She screened this video to mobilize the community and then to the Panchayat Rojgaar Sevak & Village Head at the local Panchayat office to discuss the issue. The PRS, Varun Kumar Rai promised to get the money transferred as soon as it is disbursed from the state office. He even got their bank accounts started meanwhile, as many didn't have one. All 9 of them received their money directly in their bank accounts, as per the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act.
Navita Devi reported from Borra village, Godda block, Katihar district of Bihar for IndiaUnheard
*This video was made by a Video Volunteers Community Correspondent. Community Correspondents come from marginalised communities in India and produce videos on unreported stories. These stories are ’news by those who live it.’ They give the hyperlocal context to global human rights and development challenges. See more such videos at www.videovolunteers.org. Take action for a more just global media by sharing their videos and joining in their call for change.
Amit Topno joined Video Volunteers in 2012, and worked extensively on various community issues without fear! This video is a tribute to Amit's courageous work.
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