Padayatra for NREGS works ends

Special Correspondent

VISAKHAPATNAM: The 120-km-long padayatra organised by the AP Vyayasaya Vruttidarula Union (APVVU), the Upadhi Hakkula Saadhana Committee and the Fifth Schedule Saadhana Committee, seeking allotment of works to the eligible families under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) concluded at Chodavaram on Saturday.

The padayatra was taken out after the government allegedly failed to provide works to all the eligible families even as the financial year was coming to an end.

The participants submitted a memorandum to the Mandal Development Officer.

Neglected lot

APVVU general secretary P.S. Ajay Kumar said the officials had neglected the rural poor and not even a single IAS officer visited the rural areas in the district to check how the NREGS was going on. NREGS works were meant to arrest migration of rural poor but they were leaving for the delta area as NREGS had failed to take off in full measure here, he said.

Mr. Ajay Kumar also said that minimum wages were not being paid according to the G.O.s issued by the Ministry of Labour.

Social audit

According to the organisers of the padayatra, agricultural labourers along the route narrated their woes. APVVU demanded a social audit to be done in Butchayyapeta and Makavarapalem mandals as the agricultural labourers complained of large-scale corruption.

Organisers of the padayatra demanded that the government allot NREGS works as the financial year was coming to an end.

District secretary of the AP Vyavasya Coolie Sangham B. Vasudeva Rao, executive committee member of the AP Sarvodaya Mandali G.S. Sarma, director of Samalochana Chakradhar and others spoke.

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