Anti-labour Changes in NREGA

Rural workers from various districts of Andhra Pradesh staged a protest dharna in Vijayawada on 17 April demanding the repeal of Anti labour changes being brought in NREGA. Addressing the gathering B.Chakradhar, Researcher from Libtek India said that the central government is pressurising the state governments to bring upon the changes in NREGA scheme and Andhra and Telangana both the states have started implementing the changes since November and December 2021 without a single word of protest. With these changes government is using the Geo tagging system for NREGA workers. A worker has to send two photographs of the workplace for every workday. Due to these new changes, workers in two Telugu states are losing workdays and wages, he said.
B. Bangar Rao, National secretary of AIARLA has mentioned that NREGA scheme implementation in two Telugu states has been a model for the entire country before 2021 December. Such a model is being diluted with the pressure from the Center. The NREGA scheme must be implemented like before he demanded.

Tamada Sanyasirao, State President of AIARLA Andhra Pradesh, addressed the workers and highlighted the issue that the recent changes are the tactics of the government to evade from the responsibility of providing employment guarantee to the rural workers. He demanded the government to repeal these changes unconditionally.

D. Subbarao, State President, Andhra Pradesh Agriculture Workers Union, Gattu Rohith, Human Rights Forum (HRF) participated in this dharna and extended support to the struggling rural workers of the State.

R. Nagamani, Central Committee Member of CPIML, Y. Arjun Rao, Stare Secretary of AIARLA, MP Ramdev, National Executive Member of AIARLA are the other leaders who addressed the workers from across the state.