Staff Correspondent

Help labourers apply for jobs, says Prantha Krushi Coolikarara Sangha

DAVANGERE: The Karnataka Prantha Krushi Coolikarara Sangha has stressed the need for extensive publicity for the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) being implemented by the Union Government in 200 districts of the country, including five in the State.

Talking to presspersons here on Wednesday, Nityananda Swamy, president of the sangha, said the authorities should publicise the scheme in each and every village of the district where the scheme has been introduced in the first phase to help landless agricultural labourers and others to apply for jobs.

He said the scheme was introduced to ensure that labourers did not migrate in search of jobs.

He said labourers used to get employment for only 60 days or 70 days in a year in the irrigated areas and even less in other areas all these years. Owing to the introduction of sophisticated machineries in agriculture, labourers could not find work.

Realising this fact, the Union Government, following pressure from the Communist parties, is implementing the scheme to provide jobs for at least 100 days to agricultural and other labourers in their areas.

`Emulate Andhra Pradesh'

Mr. Nityananda Swamy said the sangha had been involved in the programme in Andhra Pradesh and the Andhra Pradesh Government had made the sangha as a nodal agency.

He urged the State Government to involve the sangha here in the scheme.

The sangha will organise two conventions for labourers at Jagalur and Harpanahalli taluks of Davangere in the first week of March. The scheme is being implemented in Davangere, Chitradurga, Gulbarga, Raichur and Bidar districts in the State.

The sangha has urged that the scheme be taken up in Belgaum, Kolar, Bellary, Bijapur and Koppal districts.