NREGS workers sans amenities
The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) officials have allegedly failed to provide basic amenities to the increasing number of agricultural workers participating in the NREGS works, as successive droughts threw agriculture out of gear.
Khammam: The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) officials have allegedly failed to provide basic amenities to the increasing number of agricultural workers participating in the NREGS works, as successive droughts threw agriculture out of gear.
As a result, the workers performing earth work and road work are wilting as the mercury rises. According to reports, there are over 671 village panchayats in 41 mandals of the district. Over eight lakh people had registered their names with 48,000 Shram Shakti groups in Agency and non-Agency areas. On an average 75,000 workers are participating in the NREGS works during the current season. During the past one week or so, the mercury shot up in the district. The rules stipulated that shamiyanas should be erected and medical kits should be provided at the work place. But, throwing the rules to the wind, neither shamiyanas were erected nor medical kits provided at work places since last two years.
While it was alleged that the officials have set aside the medical kits as the ones supplied last year were faulty, there were also allegations that the officials kept the medical kits in their homes and hence of no use to the workers. In case of any type of injuries, the workers lamented that there was none to help them. In the absence of tarpaulins and tents, the workers were finding it difficult to relax and facing problems due to non-availability of drinking water at work place. Talking to The Hans India, a worker, Nagayya expressed anguish that it was becoming more difficult for them in summer since there are no shady trees at their work place.