Clear responsibilities under MGNREGA, PMGSY: Harsh – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism
NEW DELHI, March 12: Harsh Dev Singh, Chairman of JKNPP and former Minister, visited the Prime Minister’s Office in New Delhi today and filed a petition asking for the Prime Minister’s personal indulgence to ensure the rapid clearance of debts of poor laborers and J&K farmers under MGNREGA and PMGSY.
The memorandum stated that “the work done by various panchayats of J&K under MGNREGA has gone unpaid for the past 5-6 years, causing untold hardship to the families involved. These debts amounting to several hundred crores and their non-payment have had a negative impact on the very survival of the rural poor who have rendered their services and incurred expenses for the execution of works at the Panchayat level. The J&K government has dithered on the issue for the past few years, which has caused massive resentment in rural areas. It is further shocking to witness an unprecedented corruption prevailing in the RDD J&K, which has led to the collapse of several central government regimes and other people-oriented policies of the Union government”.
The memorandum further stated that “poor J&K farmers have been deprived of compensation due for land acquired from them for the construction of rural roads under the PMGSY. Not only the lands were acquired but the dwelling houses, standing crops, orchards and other constructions falling on the alignment of the said roads were also destroyed as a result of the construction of the said roads. Landowners were assured of adequate compensation for losses incurred in addition to payment of the market value of the land thus acquired. However, the necessary has not been done and poor and powerless farmers continue to suffer for lack of necessary relief and rehabilitation. There are cases especially in Ghordi Block, Chenani Block, Latti Block, Seuna Block, Ramnagar Block, Dudu-Basantgarh Block of Udhampur District (J&K) where compensation for affected farmers remains unpaid for 7 to 8 years.
Singh appealed fervently to the Prime Minister to ensure the timely settlement of pending claims by poor J&K workers and farmers.