“Give us work and we will work”.
“They give the work to contractors and we all just sit here.”
“I have worked for 27-28 days but haven’t yet received my wages.”
“If we have received NREGA wages on time, we could have gotten the treatment.”
NREGA has been the world's largest programme of its nature for providing employment in rural areas, providing work to over 276 million workers. There have been a few milestones that the Act has achieved in its decade-long existence like more than 50 percent jobs employed women workers and employment to almost one-third members of scheduled castes and scheduled tribes. However, the Act has a long way to go to address some gnawing issues such as wage parity to minimum wages, payment of wages on time, creating jobs in drought-ridden states and creation of sustainable, long-lasting assets.
As the government celebrates a decade of MNREGA, this video sheds light on its inadequacies through first hand testimonies.
Locals from Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir were forced to scan their fingerprints for ration despite a suspension order from the government.
Tea garden workers, who migrated to cities in search of better opportunities, have returned to their villages in tea gardens of North Bengal and have very little work.