6.5 lakh new staff push up NREGA demand, reduce farm wages in UP

Lucknow: The prolonged lockdown coupled with an inflow of returning migrant labourers in Uttar Pradesh has led to a pointy enhance within the variety of takers for the Centre’s flagship rural jobs programme and pushed down wages within the farming sector by virtually half, particularly in western UP.

Greater than 6.5 lakh staff have returned to UP in phases because the finish of March and plenty of extra are anticipated to reach within the coming days by way of buses and particular Shramik trains. “Uttar Pradesh has seen the second highest stage of involvement of labourers in MGNREGA in all the nation which is an achievement,” extra chief secretary (residence) Awanish Awasthi mentioned on Tuesday.

Based on the state’s rural improvement division knowledge accessed by ET, on April 21, when financial exercise was allowed to renew in selective sectors, there have been 135,000 unskilled staff engaged in works of 8,000 gram panchayat throughout the state. On Might 5, there have been 15.5 lakh staff engaged in works of 37,694 gram panchayats.

There are a complete of 58,906 gram panchayats within the state.


“That is an unprecedented mobilisation of individuals for MGNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi Nationwide Rural Employment Assure Act) in a bit of greater than ten days,” mentioned a senior authorities official, who didn’t want to be recognized. These early developments counsel that the majority staff who’ve returned until now could also be unskilled, he mentioned.

Rural improvement commissioner Khannavath Ravindra Nayak advised ET: “We’re including about 1-1.5 lakh staff each day in numerous tasks as a result of lots of people have come again and lots of people who have been already staying listed here are sitting idle because of the lockdown. However the numbers present optimism and fulfilling 100% demand is our goal.”

Further arms are additionally reaching out for work within the farming sector. Whereas farmers in Punjab, Haryana and Maharashtra are struggling as a result of scarcity of labour, farmers in UP are benefiting as extra labour has led to a pointy discount in wages, particularly within the extra developed western UP which incorporates Meerut, Bulandhshar, Saharanpur and Baghpat districts.

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