The left-leaning government of Kerala has urged the Center to revoke its decision to limit concurrent works under the MGNREGA scheme, saying it would create a huge setback in the rural economy trying to emerge from the crisis inflicted by the COVID- 19.
Slamming the Center on the move, LSGD Minister of State, MV Govindan said it was taken without considering the prevailing circumstances in Kerala which is leading the states in implementing the program. This would not only plunge the workers into a deep crisis, but would also negatively impact the implementation of the program in the southern state, he noted. The state government has already sent a letter to the union ministry of rural development raising concerns about the new decision. “The Centre’s decision is a huge setback for the local financial sector trying to get out of the crisis caused by Covid-19. The Center should reverse its decision which plunges workers into crisis,” the minister said in a statement. communicated. The order that only 20 jobs can be authorized simultaneously would create problems in the labor sector as well as in the area of the local financial sector, he said. “The decision also goes against the basic principles of MGNREGA that 100 days of work should be provided to all families who request it,” he said. Pointing out that the structure of village panchayats in Kerala and the northern states is quite different, he said that even a single ward in Kerala can comprise the same population of a panchayat in other states. Village panchayats in Kerala consist of 13 to 23 such wards and the state caters to the immense labor demand by implementing concurrent works. Although the state required 10 crore workdays this year, only six crore days were allocated by the Center, he said. The state has already completed 2,43,53,000 workdays in the first four months of the fiscal year, Govindan added.
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