March 21, 2013
Center persuaded to raise NREGA daily wages in Bengal, new wage effective from April 1
The daily wages under the MGNREGA for West Bengal is to be raised from Rs 136 per day to Rs 151 per day after repeated requests to Union Ministry by the Maa Mati Manush Govt.
The revised rates will be effective from April 1, 2013. The state government was formally conveyed this by the Union Rural Development Ministry.
State Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee said, `This has been our long standing demand. Infact, after we took over we could impress on the Centre to effect one revision from Rs 130 per day to Rs 136 per day on April 1, 2012. We had written to them at least nine times after the April 2012 revision to bring the NREGA rates at par with our minimum agricultural wages fixed by the state labour department at Rs 167 per day. However, we are happy that they have at least acceded to some of our request by increasing it to Rs 151 per day. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had herself broached this topic with Union Rural Development Minister several times in the past.
Courtesy : TOI, Kolkata