Only 20 percent wage payments are time bound under NREGA, says a new study
Pratap Vikram Singh | August 4, 2017 | New Delhi
A new research on the implementation of national rural employment guarantee law (NREGA) disputes the way central government measures and offers the delay in compensation to workers. A group of three independent researchers claim that the figures in the NREGA management information system (MIS) have been manipulated to only partially calculate the duration of wage delay.
“Of the 92 lakh transactions studied by the researchers, time bound wage payment happened in only 20 percent of the cases,” said Rajendran Narayanan of the Azim Premji University, addressing a press conference in New Delhi on Friday.
He said that 47 percent of the delay happened due to the incorrect calculation of the wage payment. The researchers claimed that 33 percent delays are not at all captured because of the delay in wage transfer from the central government. A total amount of Rs 689 crore as delay compensation remained uncalculated by the central government. The central government, on the contrary, states that the delay compensation is around Rs 519 crore.
The researchers studied the scheme implementation in 3,446 village panchayats across Jharkhand, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Kerala.
“For the financial year 2016-17, the ministry has already spent 80 percent of the funds in last four months. For the remaining months, it is only left with 20 percent of the fund,” said Yogendra Yadav of Swaraj Abhiyan, citing the new report.
The law mandates payment of wages to workers within 15 days of them completing their allocated work.
According to the research, on an average the delay in crediting wages in the accounts of beneficiaries is 63 days across the ten states. It is interesting to note that while the delay in BJP ruled states vary from 6 to 12 days, it varies from 39 to 89 days in the non-BJP states.
The key concerns, researchers said, around the delay in compensation includes the fraud method of calculation of delayed amount, lack of clarity in accountability of central and state governments and arbitrary power to reject the compensation.
The conference was also addressed by Anuradha Talwar (NREGA Sangharsh Morcha), Dipa Sinha (Right to Food Campaign), Nikhil Dey (People's Action for Employment Guarantee) and Prashant Bhushan (National President, Swaraj Abhiyan).
In a black salwar-suit and matching headscarf, Ruksana (name changed) listens carefully from a corner of the hall. Members of her support group are talking about their suffering, struggles, aspirations and achievements. At her turn, she slowly opens up. Like that of many others, her story is one of deceit,
Five day long Aero India -2019 organised by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was inaugurated at Air Force Station, Yelahanka, Bengaluru on Wednesday. The French origin Rafale fighter jets are also participating in the event. Asia’ largest
In a major technological breakthrough, BHEL has developed the country’s first such regenerative 5,000 horse power (HP) WAG-7 electric locomotive with a modern regeneration system for Indian Railways. The electric loco was flagged-off by member traction, railway board, Gha
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated a host of developmental projects at Ulao airport in Begusarai, Bihar. Modi said these projects will fuel the progress of Bihar and the eastern states. He said that Bihar had the potential to play a pivotal role in driving the growth of the country. “The
IndianOil Corporation has finalised a term contract for import of up to three MMT (million metric tonnes) of crude oil of US origin grades to diversify term crude sources in 2019-20 fiscal. The enterprise has finalised the contact on February 15, 2019. The value of the cont
When Dr Shruti Kamdi (pictured on left), a transfusion specialist at a leading Mumbai hospital, had her first child, she struggled to nurse her baby as she was unable to secrete enough milk. Admitted to a private hospital, she was put on medication to increase breast milk. But that didn’t help much.