MGNREGA liability touches Rs 400 cr in JK: Saroori

SRINAGAR: Works carried under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) have created liabilities to the tune of Rs 400 crores in the state thereby derailing the very purpose of the scheme.
In a statement issued by the MLA Inderwal and Congress leader G. M. Saroori, said that  lakhs of people belonging to the labour class, have been denied their hard earned wages worth over Rs400  crores in the state for the last over one year.
Saroori said in sheer violation of standing norms and the spirit of  the much publicized Centrally Sponsored Scheme.
“A poor person belonging to labour class required wages in the evening after completion of work so that he or she could feed his/ her family by getting meals in the evening but if the labourer  is denied wages for months together, then there is no purpose of such schemes”, said Saroori.
He said that New Delhi has snatched the means of survival from families of poor workers and sought the intervention of Chief Minister, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for immediate clearing the liability of the State.
The statement added that the five districts including Kupwara, Kishtwar, Jammu, Kulgam and Ganderbal have liabilities worth more than Rs 1000 lakhs, while seven districts comprising Reasi, Budgam, Kargil, Baramulla, Poonch, Samba and Udhampur have liabilities worth more than Rs 500 lakhs and less than Rs 1000 lakhs for works executed under MGNREGA. Four districts of Rajouri, Bandipora, Leh and Doda have created liabilities worth less than Rs 500 lakhs. Kupwara district has created the highest number of liabilities with an amount of Rs 6328.19 lakhs while the number two in the list is Kishtwar district which has accumulated liabilities worth Rs 4115 lakhs