Srinagar, Dec 16: MGNREGA staff on Saturday announced gherao the Civil Secretariat in Jammu on December 18 to press for their genuine demands. The MGNREGA staff is on strike from last seven days.
In a statement issued here, the staff accused Rural Development Department of pressurizing them with “no pay, no work” and also questioned why such threats were not floated during its ‘sponsored’ lockdown when vigilance carried raids against Director RDD earlier this year.
“When vigilance organization carried out raid against Director RDD, the department sponsored strike continued for more than a week and nobody issued threatens of no work, no pay as are being resorted to now,” President of MGNREGA Association Jan Mohammad and Vice president Sandeep Kalotra told news agency GNS.
“When youth are coming out with their genuine demands, they are being pressurized. Why this dual policy,” they said.
The strike and protests by MGNREGA in favour of the ‘genuine demands’ particular their regularization of their services continued in Jammu and Kashmir on weekend.
They said their strike will continue in all the districts of the State till the demands of the association like framing of job policy, 10 percent hike in the remuneration of contractual staff, focus on employment of women, grant of ex-gratia up to Rs five lakh to MGNREGA employee and contractual staff in the event of death during execution of work, Rs two lakh in the event of permanent disability and Rs 50,000 in case of partial disability, etc are not fulfilled.
“This is a ‘do and die’ agitation in favour of legitimate demands and we will continue it till our genuine demands are not fulfilled,” they said.
The MGNREGA Association said that if any work in any block was assigned to someone else, “then we will block that entire Block.”
“The department will be entirely responsible for the all the steps which we will be forced to take,” they said, adding “We requested many times to the Government to fulfill our genuine demands but no favorable step were taken. We have been holding such protests and strike for many years to seek regularization of their jobs but the State Government seems not ready to pay heed to our demands.” (GNS)