Video Volunteers'community correspondent Harihar Nagbansi reports from Madhu Tea Garden located in North Bengal. The tea estate has been shut since 2014 which forced a lot of local residents to migrate outside in search of work.
Despite being in possession of job cards, villagers interviewed by our correspondent say that they are not being provided with a minimum of 100 days of work under the scheme. Some have loans to pay while others have families to look after.
Now, in times of Coronavirus lockdown and no work, Madhu tea garden villagers are protesting to get jobs under the MGNREGA scheme of the government. A protest was organized on 29th June 2020, also celebrated as the MGNREGA Diwas. The workers demanded 200 days of work and an increase in payment to Rs. 600 per day.
Madhukar Harmkar, a 60 year old daily wage worker from Maharashtra died by suicide after he could not support his family in times of Covid-19 lockdown.
Locals from Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir were forced to scan their fingerprints for ration despite a suspension order from the government.