A rural wageless job scheme

State governments yet to act on sorting MGNREGA wage delays

Sreelatha Menon

If our salaries were delayed by two years, two months or even two weeks, how many of us would like it or put up with it? In Araria district in Bihar, workers under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) complain of not receiving wages for the work done in December 2011. Says Anil Kumar Paswan of Parihari village in Raniganj block, "We are still waiting for wages for the work that we did in 2011. The village pradhan pays at his whim." Similarly, the gram panchayat of Nivatiya in Pisawa block of Sitapur in Uttar Pradesh owes Rs 8 lakh in wages to ...