All Jammu Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC) has taken a serious note of non-payment of wages to poor labourers in rural areas under the Centre’s flagship programme, MGNREGA scheme, even after the six months of completion of developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir.
The AJKPC, which is the frontline body of elected Panches and Sarpanches in the state, has also made a fervent appeal to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to look into the serious lapses on the part of state machinery and the central authorities to provide a much-needed relief to poor labourers of the state.
“More than six months have lapsed since the developmental works, executed under MGNREGA scheme, were completed in Jammu and Kashmir but poor labourers have not been paid the minimum wages till date. This is the gross violation of MGNREGA scheme as the minimum wages of labourers were supposed to be paid within 15 days after the completion of developmental works,” Anil Sharma, president AJKPC said in a statement issued here.
The AJKPC leader said the non-payment of wages would have a cascading effect on all other schemes launched by the central government to bring transformation in rural parts of the state. “We would like to ask the Central government as how the popular ‘Gram uday se bharat uday’ campaign will yield the desired results if labourers in rural areas were not paid their minimum wages for months together,” Sharma said.
He said the Union Finance Minister recently asserted that MGNREGA had underwent change under NDA and new initiatives were taken besides increasing the fund allocation to the scheme but ground realities did not match his claims as MGNREGA scheme has virtually been turned defunct in Jammu and Kashmir due to sluggish approach of the state and the central governments.