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NREGS workers demand sheds, other facilities at work places

NREGS workers demand sheds, other facilities at work places
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Sripati Srinivas There are no sheds at the work places. An elderly woman Kishtavva (65) died due to heatwave...

Sripati Srinivas

There are no sheds at the work places. An elderly woman Kishtavva (65) died due to heatwave at Rampur village in Kotagiri mandal on Monday while she was working under NREGS. Last year, a worker Kamruddin got bleeding injuries; but was not given first aid.

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Nizamabad: Workers at various places in Nizamabad district under National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) demand basic facilities such as sheds, first aid kits and drinking water at the work places.

Even at the beginning of summer season, mercury rose to 42 degree Celsius in the district and in the absence of minimum facilities, the workers are subjected to hardships. Many workers are affected by sun stroke, dehydration and other ailments. Some others sustain injuries while doing work. On some occasions, the workers also lose their lives either due to ailments or accidents. Works for the year 2013-14 commenced in the district on Monday.

An elderly woman Kishtavva (65) died due to heatwave at Rampur village in Kotagiri mandal on Monday while she was working under NREGS. Another woman Kalavathy of Dharpalli mandal said to The Hans India that it has become tedious to work in summer in the absence of sheds. They have to keep their children in some shelter while working.

V Vijay Kumar, field assistant at Pitlam, said that the first aid kits were not available at the work sites for the past two years. ``Last year, a worker Kamruddin got bleeding injuries; but was not given first aid. The workers are not supplied crowbars and containers (iron plates) to carry mud. The Indira Kranthi Patham (IKP) officials are keeping the crowbars and other material with them. In the absence of proper material, the workers face hardships to carry out their works,'' he said.

The scheme was launched by the Centre in 2005 and the daily wage was increased from Rs 100 to Rs 149 per head recently. Altogether, 4,31,842 persons were provided work in the district during the past eight years.

When contacted District Collector Christina Z Chongthu said that 18,000 sheds were sanctioned in the State and Nizamabad district also got about 800 sheds. Each shed would be erected at a cost of Rs 625. The sheds would be erected at work places in the district in a phased manner, she said.

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