The Chairperson of Indian National Congress, Sonia Gandhi has written a letter to the Hon’ble Prime Minister to support the rural and daily wage workers under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).
She showed her grievance and seek for the advance payment of wages for 21 days to registered and active MGNREGA workers in the country. She said that lakhs of agricultural workers have been left unemployed during the crucial harvesting season. Devoid of an alternative source of income, an increasingly large number of the rural poor are expected to demand work under MGNREGA.
However, social distancing norms have rendered all works unfeasible during the lockdown, she further added that even after the works commences, the MGNREGA workers must wait for then a month for there wages.
The Chairperson, INC has requested the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi to take immediate steps on the aforesaid concern as since its inception, the MGNREGA has been a critical lifeline for the rural poor, particularly during periods of chronic economic distress.
-India Legal Bureau