Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Workers Union has urged the government to regularise the land cultivated by tribals in the forest and non-forest areas.

Talking to reporters here on Thursday, district president of the Union T. Shadrak and secretary Nageswara Rao said tribals were cultivating the land for long time but the authorities failed to recognise their land rights.

Mr. Shadrak said migration of farm workers was rampant in Kurnool district as MGNREGS failed to provide gainful employment to the workers.

He said the workers were migrating to other places in the absence of work that ensured daily wages of Rs. 150.

He said in most of the places, the workers said the average wages paid to women workers was around Rs. 30 per day. Apart from low wages, the MGNREGS programme was plagued by corruption. He said the attendance in schools had sharply declined in drought-prone areas where large-scale migrations took place.

He criticised the cash transfer scheme on the ground that it was meant for enticing the public in the election year but not aimed at improving the living conditions of the poor.

He said the Indiramma housing programme was mired in corruption and failed to solve the housing problem in rural areas.