The Rural Wages Plunge Due to Non-Availability of Cash
By MEHER ONISA : 13-Dec-2016
NEW DELHI: Modi’s demonetisation movement had placed a very bad impact on his Job Guarantee Scheme as well. There is a vast decline of 55% of the household workmen and operators getting work in the month of November.
The bread winners and the craftsmen were turned back empty-handed by their employers after the scarcity of the currency nationwide. The dip in jobs is expected to escalate in the distressed rural regions. Rural wages took an all time plunge due to deficit cash in the banking system.
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, MGNREGA is an Indian labour law that guarantee the 'right to work'.
The MGNREGA objective is to enhance livelihood security in rural areas by providing at least 100 days of wage employment in a financial year to each and every adult household member.
But the labour group is complaining that they are not even getting casual work of even Rs 50 per day.
The agricultural labourers, small time farmers and other operators are voicing their concerns so that their job issues echoes across India and the world.
Few of the family survived for the first few weeks by getting basic food items on credit basis. The others lived by adapting to minimal consumption plans in the hardest post demonetisation phase. But in the fifth week of demonetisation, the situation has become so critical that it is difficult for them to make their sustenance any further.
The wages earned by the daily wagers under the job guarantee scheme are deposited either in banks or post offices. Then why are they suffering so much? The answer is not available even with the Modi government. There is an army of unemployed category in the districts and villages across India. Sowing for the rabi-winter crop is in progress. This was the right time for the Job Guarantee Scheme to open its doors and windows to provide much needed relief to these people but ironically, the government is not at all equipped to safeguard at least the weakest rural segment under contingency.'