Berhampur, Sept 21 (LocalWire): Ganjam CPM unit on Monday demanded an increase in the number of working days under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) from 100 to 200 days in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The members of the left party, including its state secretary Ali Kishore Patnaik, staged a demonstration here.
The party has also demanded the inclusion of urban areas under the MNREGA work scheme, provision of 10-kg rice to every individual and a monthly payment of Rs 7,500 to the non-taxpayers in the country for the next six months to protect the life and livelihood of the people of the country.
Hundreds of migrant workers, who were affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown and shutdown in the country, had returned to their native places.
Due to the lack of job opportunities, many of them have already started re-migration, even though the situation is yet to be normalized, said Patnaik.
If MGNREGA is extended to a period of 200 days, instead of the present 100 days, it would help many of them earn their livelihood from their native places in the current pandemic situation, the party’s state secretary said.
Coming down heavily on the farm bills which were passed in the parliament on Sunday, Patnaik said that the NDA government was working against the interests of the farmers and labourers in the country.