Plan for unskilled workers
"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