MGNREGA employees stage protest, demand regularization

Nayeem Rather

SRINAGAR: The employees associated with Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) on Tuesday held a protest here against the “government’s failure to regularize them.”
The employees also said that government has “no clear policy” vis-à-vis these employees.
“The government has failed to address our issues. The authorities have ignored us and are playing with our lives. We have been left destitute” Jan Mohammad, president of MGNREGA employees union, told Kashmir Reader.
He further said that these employees were paid very less. “The MGNREGA employees get only Rs 4500. It is not enough considering the inflation at present,” he added.
The protesting employees also said that some of them are associated with the scheme since past seven years, however, they have not been regularized so far.
“There are some who have crossed the age limit and it is a grave concern that the government is not doing anything to regularize them,” Jan Mohammad added.
The employees further said that although they were appointed under SRO-255, the government has pays no attention to them.
“We have been kept out of the state contractual status which is a gross injustice” Ghulam Mustafa, general secretary employees, said.
“We want to tell the government that if it is people friendly, then it should frame the policies that are beneficial to people,” he added.
The employees demanded that government should come up with an policy document regarding them. “The government should also recruit new employees in the newly created CD blocks.”