Rahul writes to PM Modi over ‘plight’ of MGNREGS workers in Bengal, urges Centre to release funds

Moreover, there has been a “drastic decline in the number of households availing work from 75 lakh in 2021–22 to under 8,000 households in 2023–24,” Gandhi said.”This massive scale-down has been brutal on the most vulnerable—women and SC and ST households. The lack of MGNREGS work and pending wages have forced many to make hard choices, particularly distress migration,” he said.Eighteen years ago, the UPA government chose a radical new path of social and economic justice by guaranteeing the right to work for rural communities, Gandhi said.Gandhi pointed out that for many, MGNREGS is the only safety net in times of crisis and an assured livelihood source.”In this context, I request that the Union government facilitate the release of funds to clear pending wages and ensure that the demand for work is met. I believe that we have a duty to rise above our political differences to uphold social, political, and economic justice,” the Congress leader said.

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