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.
The ASHA workers are instituted by the ‘ National Rural Health Mission.’ They are at the bottom of the pyramid - the interface between the community and Indian Public Health Delivery System, the first point of contact for millions of Indians to health care.
The issue in Shyampur village under Jalalpur Block is that a few villagers started working without the job card, all in good faith, with the assurance that they will be given the job card soon and they will be paid without the job card.