‘Women have to skip meals because Centre hasn’t paid MNREGA dues’

Ashraf Engineer

August 31, 2022

The Centre doesn’t seem to be invested in MNREGA, a lifeline for those suffering the worst from rural distress. Allocation for the scheme was slashed by more than 25% in the last Budget and, worse, Delhi owes more than Rs 4,720 crore as MNREGA dues to 13 states and union territories. Meanwhile, the workers often have to go hungry or take on debt. Anuradha Talwar, veteran trade unionist and rural labour activist, speaks to All Indians Matter.

NREGA dues pile up: https://scroll.in/latest/1029330/over-rs-4720-crore-under-mgnrega-pending-to-states-centre-tells-rajya-sabha

NREGA investment inadequate: https://sabrangindia.in/article/grossly-inadequate-nrega-allocation-029-gdp-world-bank-recommended-16

MGNREGA Workers Protest Against Delay in Wage Payments at Jantar Mantar:  https://thewire.in/rights/mgnrega-workers-protest-wage-payment-jantar-mantar

Modi calls NREGA ‘living monument’ of UPA’s failure, then says he will continue it: https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/mnrega-to-continue-it-is-living-example-of-congress-failure-says-pm-742916