Despite the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (MGNREGA) assuring employment for 100 days to the villagers,the project is not finding many takers in Ludhiana district. In fact,the authorities are finding it so hard to find workers that they have now planned to focus more to enrol women as workers.
While the Act stipulates that a worker will get Rs 150 as daily wage,in the open market,a daily wager gets more than Rs 250 per day in most parts of the state.
According to the projects Ludhiana office,in the last one year,only 521 households had completed 100 days of employment in the district. Thus,several projects under NREGA are getting delayed for want of workers.
ADC (General) Roopanjali Kartik,who also has the additional charge of ADC (Development),said: No doubt the number of households who have completed the 100-days job is far less than our expectation,but this is a problem being faced by the whole state. Daily wages in open market is far more when compared to NREGA wages.
To attract more workers for the project,the administration is now focusing more on women workers. This way,women can get assured jobs in their villages only. As of now,they have to go outside for work, said Kartik.
Rs 11 crore has been spent in the previous year under NREGA projects. Hoshairpur is at the top which has given jobs to 529 households in one year.