Brinda Karat writes to Tomar, questions separate payment categories of SC, STs under MGNREGA

Senior CPI(M) Brinda Karat has written to Union Rural Improvement Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, questioning the intent behind an advisory despatched to states to segregate wage funds under the MGNREGA into separate categories for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and others.

The advisory, she stated, mandates the states to guarantee social categorization in each facet of the implementation of the regulation— from the projected expenditure for anticipated demand amongst SC/ST households within the Labour funds, to separate State stage accounting for wage funds to SC and ST categories, to utilization certificates and so forth.

“Nonetheless, no cause has been given for this excessive bureaucratisation which is able to, given previous expertise of the delays on varied counts on payment of wages, have an effect on exactly the SC/ST sections who will change into sufferer to these separate accounting and banking procedures,” stated Karat, a politburo member of the CPM.

“Why is that this crucial? The advisory to State Governments doesn’t give any cogent cause for this. Nonetheless, there’s a sentence within the advisory which raises severe doubts as to the intent of the
Authorities. It’s said: “All stakeholders could guarantee motion in a time sure method in order that funds possibly launched accordingly.”

Declaring that MNREGA is a universalized programme for any grownup residing in rural India who’s keen to do guide work, she stated “the budgetary provisions are made for the implementation of the regulation as a complete. Thus, this can’t be decided by any new interpretations of the regulation to introduce a coverage of divisible allocations by social categories, which is what the advisory seems to be.”

In a demand-based common programme for provision of work, she stated “allocations can solely be primarily based on anticipated demand for work. Linking categorization with allocations will undermine the premise of the regulation which, as said above, is each demand primarily based and in addition common in its eligibility standards.”

She requested the federal government to make clear the explanation for issuing the advisory.

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