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Transfer wages to MGNREGA workers: NPRAAF to govt

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/8/2019 11:56:03 AM IST

Nagaland Public Rights Awareness and Action Forum (NPRAAF) Wednesday appealed to the state government to transfer wages to MGNREGA workers, saying delay would invite penalty.

NPRAAF through its information and publicity wing stated that the Centre released third instalment of first tranche of central assistance for financial year 2018-19 to the state government amounting to Rs.54.36 lakh on March 13, 2019 and another Rs. 242.75 lakh on April 8, 2019 for 2019.

Asserting that transfer of fund to MGNREGA workers has been inordinately delayed, the forum stated that in the event of non-transfer of fund to MGNREGA workers within three days from the date of receipt of those funds along with the state share of 25:75, the Centre would stop further release. 

Besides, NPRAAF said the state government would be liable to pay interest @12% for the period of delay beyond the specified period, which it said the state government cannot afford.  It pointed out that as per section 3 para 29, schedule II of MGNREGA Act 2005, the MGNREGA workers were entitled to receive delay compensation at the rate of 0.05% of the unpaid wages per day for the duration of delay beyond the 16th day of the closure of the Muster Roll (MR).

According to NPRAAF, payment of wages cannot be delayed except in the case of the following circumstances: Funds not available at the paying authority level; wages being paid in time, but details not entered in MIS and Natural calamities.

Further, NPRAAF has appealed to the state government to immediately provide pickaxes, shovels, spade etc to MGNREGA workers. “It’s is very hilarious that, inspite of huge deduction for purchase of material components from the MGNREGA fund the job card holders are bereft of proper tools for work,” the forum claimed.

The mandate of the MGNREGA is to provide at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to every rural household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work, it said, adding that fund was accordingly sanctioned to the state government. 

However, the forum said the job card holders receive wage for only a few days annually. NPRAAF urged the government to honestly implement the scheme.

Further, NPRAAF appealed to the politicians, government servants and Naga political groups not to deduct huge amount in percentage from MGNREGA fund considering that rural poor has little or no means of income to sustain their economy.

Reiterating that MGNREGA must be implemented as per Central Guidelines, the forum cautioned that in the event of misappropriation of the fund it would not hesitate to write to the Ministry of Rural Development for fund embargo and initiate legal prosecution against the corrupt.

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