Panaji – Almost 8000 workers earning 322 per day under MGNREGA including SC and ST workers are awaiting their rightful payments for last many months. I had raised the issue in October demanding intervention of Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant. Sadly, nothing has moved till date. Stop Events and Release timely payments, demanded Leader of Opposition Yuri Alemao.
Chief Minister Dr. Pramod Sawant must intervene immediately and ensure that the pending dues are cleared. Government has no right to keep payments pending of hardworking workers who meet their needs with daily earnings, stated Yuri Alemao.
BJP Government spends crores on events without taking financial approvals but fails to pay poor workers. I condemn the BJP Government for not releasing payments to the hardworking poor workers who put in their sweat & blood to earn their daily bread and butter, stated Yuri Alemao.
It appears that the delay in releasing the payment is part of BJP Government’s agenda of harassing Scheduled Tribes, Scheduled Castes and OBCs. There are 51000 registered MGNREGA workers in Goa out of which 39000 are Card Holders. There are almost 8000 active Card Holder workers in the State. Almost 42.45 percent workers are from Schedule Tribes while 2.48 percent belong to Scheduled Caste, claimed Yuri Alemao.
Many workers are not getting 100 days to work due to failure of the BJP Government to give timely approvals to various projects and works. It is mandatory for the Government to provide minimum 100 days work to the registered MGNREGA workers, Yuri Alemao stated.
BJP Government has lot of money to spend on Events but their treasury gets empty when it comes to helping needy and poor, stated Yuri Alemao.