“Govt must give us our rights, or will be forced to come on roads along with our families”: Chairman &Gen.sec MGNREGA employees association

Srinagar,August 17: The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act (MGNREGA), employees association have given a call for three days strike, started from yesterday. The call is given against their demands already discussed with the government which includes their regularisation in the department of Rural Development.

The strike has started from 16 August till government takes any prompt action to meet their demands. Interestingly, MGNREGA employees are dealing with all the schemes of the Rural Development Department in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We were promised and assured by respective governments of the erstwhile J&K to be regularised or absorbed in the department. It is very unfortunate that even after serving almost thirteen years in the department, we are still neither absorbed nor given equal rights to those of regular staff”, said General Secretary MGNREGA employees association, Khan Aijaz.

On 7-7 2018, a committee was framed wide order no. 169 RD &PR of 2018 by secretary rural development department, Sheetal Nanda, in which a committee was framed and committee members were asked to submit their detailed report within 15 days on the job policy and MGNREGA Supporting staff engagements which would require ammendment in recruitment rules.
However, as alleged by the MGNREGA employees association the government is yet to frame any policy and pass any rule so that the around 4000 employees can be accommodated in the department. “See the employees are in stress, our future is at stack. How can a person sleep in night, when he/ she has given 13 years to the department and still don’t know whether we will be adjusted or have to spend rest of service in delima. The government should come out with constructive plan and we expect from LG administration to resolve our issues”, Syed Jaffer association chairman.

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