Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) has called upon workers to fully use the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) as the scheme was launched to provide succour to workers in unorganised sector in lean season and control migrations. INTUC national general secretary M.. Rajasekhar, who participated on the concluding day of the two-day awareness programme on “Role of workers in MGNREGA,” said that the programme was a boon to landless poor and asked them not to participate in the “meaningless” agitations launched by other trade unions. The problems, if any, could be sorted out through negotiations. Mr. Rajasekhar felt that there was a need to create awareness among women on the programme as there was no sex discrimination in the disbursement of wages.

Regional Director of Central Labour Training Institute K. Vana Raj said that if any worker, irrespective of gender, was underpaid, he/she could report to the official concerned. All men and women engaged would be paid equal wages, he clarified.