The Never Ending Wait for Wages

The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Guarantee Act aims to guarantee the Right to Work by providing at least 100 days of wage employment in a year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work. But in Betul District of Madhya Pradesh, it has been almost two years and people have not got their hard earned money. Mohan lal, VV PACS IndiaUnheard Community Correspondent reports from Dehri amdhana in Betul district of Madhya Pradesh. Radha Bai one of the people who is struggling with the officials for her money, says- “The Village Council head (Sarpanch) had asked us to dig a well almost two years back. It has been so long that I don’t even remember for how many days I haven’t got any money, roughly it should be around 22 days” Radha bai lives in a very poor state and is waiting for the money which would earn them livelihood for few days at least. There are 70 men and women who are still waiting for their money for the manual work which they have done under the MNREGA scheme. These 70 men and women have got half money for digging the well but are still waiting for another half amount for putting the rings into the wells. The sarpanch and the Engineers have completely denied giving them any money saying that they have not done the work satisfactorily. To help Radha Bai and her community please call the Village Council head of Dehri amdhana on this number- 8120624454 and pursue him to take strict actions against this tyranny.     About the Partnership: The Poorest Areas Civil Society (PACS) Programme and Video Volunteers have come together to create the Community Correspondents Network. The videos generated by the network will be able to highlight voices from the margins, providing skills to social communicators to provide advocacy tools to community based organizations.

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