July 4, 2014
The Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has issued the following statement:
On Moves to Scrap MGNREGA
The Polit Bureau of the CPI(M) strongly protests against any move to scrap or weaken the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA). It is reported in the press that the Rajasthan Chief Minister has made a proposal to extinguish the legal guarantee under the Act and convert it into a scheme. A party which promised job creation during its election campaign is now suggesting the elimination of the only legal guarantee for creation of jobs, namely MGNREGA. The last years of the UPA government had also seen MGNREGA become a hostage to fiscal considerations and funds were severely cut.
The Polit Bureau demands strengthening of the Act, measures to ensure a minimum of hundred days work and to protect the rights of the intended beneficiaries by ensuring implementation of all the clauses pertaining to wage payment, compensation for delayed payment and also unemployment allowance and to make available funds to pay the arrears with immediate effect.