Job card workers demand clearance of wages

Job card workers demand clearance of wages

TMB Report

IMPHAL: Job card workers in Keirao Makting GP have threatened to launch an agitation if the concerned authority fails to credit their wages to their bank accounts at the earliest.

Notably, BDO, Keirao Bitra reportedly stopped crediting the MGNREGS wages to the workers after an interim order of the Manipur Human Rights Commission based on a petition filed by one individual of Keirao Makting, alleging that labour displacing machineries like JCB, Tractor were used while executing the works in violation of the MGNREGS guidelines.

A public meeting for the job card workers in Ward no 1, 2,3,4 and 5 was held at Keirao Makting Sabal Leikai with Moulana Abdul Helim in the chair.

After threadbare discussion, the meeting resolved to form the Keirao Panchayat Development Committee to monitor and manage the MGNREGS works in the GP.

The meeting noted that the Pradhan, Zilla Parishad and ward members were not involved in fraudulently looting the wages of the workers. Wages of some works executed have been credited to the accounts of the workers till June 21 this year and the workers have also withdrawn the amount from the banks.  However, the BDO office have stopped crediting wages for the remaining works to the accounts of the beneficiaries since June 23, thereby adding woes to the people who has already been passing through a tough time amid COVID-19 battle.  

According to Md Rehanuddin, nominee of Keirao Makting ZP member Dilela Begum, construction of a new road and drain at Keirao Makting Awangpat was executed after due consent of the people. To resolve the inconveniences the farmers are facing,  Keirao Makting Awang Pat Lourup Committee approached the ZP member to construct a new road and drain there, after which the ZP member included it in the work programme for the year 2019-20. The work took almost 35 days. The ZP member took up the work in public interest, not for personal gain. However, around 4000 job card workers have been deprived of their wages after the Government stopped crediting wages based on an order issued by MHRC.

One job card holder Sana Begum defended the ZP member citing that she had not taken up the work without the knowledge of the people. She demanded the Government to clear their due wages at the earliest.

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