During elections, PM Modi had made huge claims about our “demographic dividend” and had promised 100 million jobs in manufacturing by 2022
The apex court said it was extremely unfortunate that the government had no provision for providing compensation to the workers, and it was regrettable that it cleared the pending wage bill for 2015-16 only during the pendency of the case.
The suffering of millions does not create public outrage, much less government accountability.
In April this year, the Centre revised the MGNREGA wage across states with some, such as West Bengal and Assam have been hiked by Rs 2 and Rs 3 respectively.
Because today the scheme is helping neither the drought-affected nor the really poor states.
Drought-hit Maharashtra, Karnataka and Gujarat among poor performers.
A month into the current financial year, the Ministry of Rural Development (MoRD) has already exhausted over half of this earmarked amount. And by end-June, not even a quarter may be left.
The government said this water would be kept reserved for drinking purposes till June 30, after which it would be released for other use, including irrigation.
At a time of extreme rural distress, the Centre is violating the basic provisions of the employment guarantee act
Of the Rs 21,000 crore expected to be released till June, this month the ministry has provided Rs 12,000 crore to the states towards payment of last year’s arrears for labour cost as well as for the month of April.
The data for 10 drought-hit states show that a total of 1.52 crore people got employment under MGNREGA in the financial year ending March 31, 2015.
The court also directed the Centre to submit a detailed chart of 10 drought-hit states and specify the number of people and districts, including villages, affected by it.
Also plans to oppose PM’s expected visit to Ballia on May 1.
Gujarat, Haryana and Bihar will be added to the existing list of 10 drought-affected states
The court underlined that as per government’s own figures, average workdays under MGNREGA is 48 days whereas the statute says it should be 100 days.