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DEMANDS UPSCALING OF WAGE RATE NOTIFIED UNDER MGNREGA TO RS 381.06

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann on Friday batted for increase in wage rate notified under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the state to Rs 381.06 , at par with rate notified by Punjab for unskilled Agriculture worker. In a letter to Union Rural Development and Panchayti Raj Minister Giriraj Singh, the Chief Minister sought upward revision in the rates notified for labour under the scheme as the existing rates were too minuscule. He said that less wage rate of Rs 303/- has been being notified for Punjab State in comparison to Rs 357/- for the neighbouring State Haryana. Bhagwant Mann said that he has came to know that this difference is existing since the inception of the scheme despite the fact that both States share similar geographic and economic conditions. The Chief Minister bemoaned that Punjab State Labour Department's notified unskilled agricultural labour wage rate of Rs. 381.06 is also higher than the MGNREGA wage rate. He said that it reflects that the beneficiaries of this scheme are being denied their rightful dues which is not at all acceptable. Bhagwant Mann said that it is unfortunate that unskilled workers in Haryana get more payment for the same work done in compared to Punjab, which is a grave injustice with them. Therefore, the Chief Minister sought the kind intervention of the Union Minister to get the matter examined again and increase the Punjab's wage rate at par with that of Haryana or with Punjab State Labour Department's wage rates. He said that Increase in wage rate will help in improving livelihood base of beneficiaries besides motivating them to work zealously under the Scheme. Bhagwant Mann expressed hope that the Union Minister will sympathetically consider the legitimate claim of Punjab and pass on the necessary directions to the officers.

DEMANDS UPSCALING OF WAGE RATE NOTIFIED UNDER MGNREGA TO RS 381.06
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