NREGA in Bihar: No work, no payments

Community Correspondent Tanju Devi, from Semri-Dumri village of West Champaran district of Bihar, reports on the plight of NREGA labourers who haven’t received due payments.

CALL TO ACTION: You can call the P.O, Mr Kaushal Kishore, on +91-9431826712, and pressurize him into providing due payments to the labourers who have worked under the scheme.

Several willing individuals are also unable to find work under the scheme despite reaching out to elected representatives and other local authorities. The promise of ‘guaranteed employment’ is barely delivered. Even the workers who manage to secure work under the scheme are denied payments. They continue to wait for compensation. The receipts doled out to these workers are worth little more than the paper they're printed on, and many find their names missing from the master roll even after the procurement of an official receipt for work that they have completed.

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 organisations.

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