Plan for un­skilled work­ers

Down to Earth - - LETTERS -

"Scheme against jobs" (Novem­ber 16-30, 2014) was a well-re­searched ar­ti­cle on the state of af­fairs of the much-hyped MGNREGA scheme. The pur­ported ef­forts to change the labour-ma­te­rial ra­tio from 60:40 to make it ma­te­rial-in­ten­sive is not good. It will cer­tainly trig­ger con­trac­tor-sup­plier-politi­cian nexus, which will harm the in­ter­est of the ru­ral un­skilled work­ers for whom the scheme has been de­vised. There are many de­vel­op­men­tal works that re­quire min­i­mum ma­te­rial and can be per­formed by un­skilled labour. Th­ese in­clude res­ur­rec­tion of ponds, jo­hars, baolies, which re­main the best ex­am­ples of rain­wa­ter har­vest­ing, plant­ing trees along roads and the banks of nul­lahs, and road con­struc­tion. The gov­ern­ment can im­ple­ment th­ese works un­der MGNREGA.

L R SHARMA

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