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.
Avijit Adhikary is a journalist with nearly 8000 days of field experience till date. In the past two decades, he has witnessed the ebb and flow of the media industry in India, with ripples felt in his region too. This includes the rise of digital media, the decline of print...