IMPHAL, January 7: Expressing displeasure over the state government’s attitude towards the MGNREGA, representatives of the Panchayati Raj Institution of Thoubal, especially, pradhans and members have demanded sufficient funds for the implementation of the 100 days work under the scheme.
Addressing a press conference today at the residence of Wangbal GP pradhan H Chandrakala Devi, chairman of the Thoubal CD Block Committee and pradhan of Khangabok part II GP, Kh Khoimei Singh charged the state government to suppressing the pradhans and members of the Thoubal CD block.
He further said that such suppression has created a gap between the PRI members and the people of the district.
The state government has not release the necessary funds for the implementation of the MGNREGA, he said before adding that approval for 39 days of work was sanctioned last year, even though the act guarantees 100 days of job in a year to the rural populace of the country.
He further said that the government had release funds on two counts for the approved 39 days first Rs 1.9 crore for two days and then Rs 5.98 crores for four days, he said.
He continued that the PRI representatives have been urging the government to release the funds for the remaining 33 days of work, but to no avail.
He also sought the attention of the Chief Minister in this regard and further requested him to release funds for 100 days in the interest of the Job Card holders of the unemployed rural populace.
During the meeting, the leaving of a bomb at the gate of the elected representative Chandrakala Devi, was also condemned terming it as an act of cowardice and further demanded clarification from all concerned at the earliest.