Govt cheating job-card holders: Dr Meinya
IMPHAL, 7th Dec: Lok Sabha MP Dr Meinya has stated that although job cardholders are to be provided work for 100 days and entitled wage of Rs 209 per day under the National Employment Guarantee Act, 2005, the BJP government in the state is not able to provide work for even 10 days.
Speaking at the inauguration of a community hall constructed at Kwakeithel Konjeng Mayai Leikai under his MP LADF and Manipur Development Society, on Friday, Dr Meinya contended that implementation of the job guarantee scheme during UPA’s rule in the state, including those in hill districts covered 100 days and wages duly paid as per the provisions of National Rural Employment Generation Scheme.
However, after BJP came to power in the state, job cardholders cannot even get work for 10 days. In some villages, they are provided work for only four days, while in some areas, there is no work at all, he alleged.
It is unfortunate that such a situation is rendering MGNRGS as a complete failure in the state, Dr Meinya noted, adding that the central government has set aside considerable amount of funds for the scheme.
Terming as regretful that the BJP-government in the state is “too shy” to request for the funds in-spite of being a genuine case, the Congress parliamentarian stated that the present government's inability to ensure non-employment allowances to job cardholders for the 10 days of work already executed is outright betrayal of the people's trust reposed upon the new government. While questioning reason behind the state government’s inability to procure non-employment allowances from the Ministry concerned, the MP claimed that although he is aware of the reason, he cannot reveal it as the government will again be upset.
The central government has instructed that for 100 days of wage employment per year, an amount of Rs 20,000 is to be given to job cardholders. However, the state government’s inability to provide 100 days of work shows its incompetence. Other states have successfully implemented MGNRGS scheme in their respective states, along with distribution of handsome old age pensions, he observed.
Dr Meinya also mentioned that the amount set aside for MP LADF has been increased from Rs 2 crore per year to Rs 5 crore recently. However, the said amount is inadequate when taking up development projects in 40 Assembly segments of Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency. As such, he had repeatedly suggested to the parliament to disband the LADF system of MPs, thereby allowing the MPs to take up projects at their own constituencies freely. Although other MPs support his suggestions, it is yet to be translated into action, he stated.
The inaugural function was also attended by former MLA of Naoriya Pakhanglakpa A/C RK Anand, Imphal West adhyaksha RK Taruni, Sangaiprou Mamang Gram Panchayat pradhan Konjengbam Jayenta, Imphal West -II Block Congress Committee vice president Nameirakpam Nimai and other ward members.