Villagers face hardships without MGNREGA - ECAS Punjab

Villagers face hardships without MGNREGA

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Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, September 17

The loss of job due to the pandemic has cost a MGNREGA worker the education of her eight-year-old daughter.

Sarabjit Kaur (26) from Kuddowal village, along with three members of her family, has been without work for the past one year. After her husband Lakhwinder Singh's mobile phone malfunctioned around three months ago, online classes of their eight-year-old daughter have also been suspended.

Sarabjit said: "The last time I worked on a MGNREGA project was from December 2018 to January 2019. After that there has been no work. Ever since this pandemic started, we have been going through trouble. My child was born on March 24 and the lockdown was implemented. It has been six months since we have no jobs. We currently live on a borrowed mobile. My daughter can't attend online classes. We have taken up three-four loans. Creditors threaten to take our cylinder away if we don't pay up."

"There are 30 to 40 other women in the village facing a similar dilemma," she added.

Dayalpur village Sarpanch Harjinder Singh said: "Some of these women are bypassing sarpanches to get MGNREGA work, making undue complaints to panchayats. They don't come to us and go straight to the authorities."

Sukhvir Kaur, BDPO, Jalandhar (West), said: "Many projects under the MGNREGA scheme are on and women are getting due employment under the scheme. However, we have written to the panchayats of several villages, like Kuddowal, Dayalpur and Ghugg after we received complaints from them."

Vishesh Sarangal, ADC (Development), said: "As many as 15,928 women are working on MGNREGA projects. Work is being given to all."

from The Tribune

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