Pan-India Job Aspirants Form A Collective For ‘Right To Employment’Apr 5, 2023 | Pratirodh Bureau
More than a hundred organisations including job aspirants’ collectives have joined hands to form a youth alliance named ‘Sanyukt Yuva Morcha’ with an aim to shape a “nationwide youth movement” for employment, a member of the group said on Tuesday.
The group said it will launch campaigns for a ‘right to employment’ as a legal guarantee for every adult, and will also fight for a basic minimum wage. The group will also demand filling up of all vacant posts in the public sector in a “fair and time bound manner.”
Bihar and Madhya Pradesh teacher aspirants, Uttar Pradesh police candidates, army and railway candidates, ASHA workers, and several other such groups have come together from over 22 states including Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Jammu and Kashmir to take the campaign forward, according to a statement by the group.
Advocate Prashant Bhushan, who is backing the campaign, said that the group has the “potential to become a movement bigger than the Lokpal.”
“There is a lot of discontent among the unemployed youngsters. The youth movement has the potential to convert this dejection into hope,” retired IPS Yashovardhan Azad said.
Meanwhile, data compiled by a civil society group has showed that the number of person days generated under MGNREGA in January and February this year following the implementation of an app-based attendance system has gone down compared to previous years.
As groups of MGNREGA workers continue to protest at Jantar Mantar in Delhi against the new attendance and payment systems for over a month, data compiled by NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, which has been at the helm of the protest, showed 34.59 crore person days were generated in January and February this year.
This was significantly lower than January and February 2022, when 53.07 crore person days of work were generated.
In 2021, 56.94 crore person days of work were generated in the same period. In 2020, it was 47.75 crore person days in the two months, while in 2019, 47.86 crore person days were generated in January and February.
The data has been calculated using the MIS Report.
MGNREGA workers protesting the National Mobile Monitoring System (NMMS) have said their attendance is not getting marked due to network issues in rural areas and have demanded a rollback. The workers are also protesting against the Aadhaar-Based Payment System (ABPS), which has been made mandatory, as several workers do not have ABPS accounts.
According to the data compiled by the NREGA Sangharsh Morcha, on February 1, less than 40 per cent of total MGNREGA workers were eligible for ABPS payments. This is over 10 crore workers across the country.
The NMMS app is used to record workers’ attendance at MGNREGA worksites by uploading geotagged photographs twice a day. It was made mandatory across all worksites on January 1, 2023.
On January 30, 2023, the Rural Development Ministry announced all MGNREGA wage payments must be made only through Aadhaar-based payments from February 1.
There are around 27.5 crore registered workers under MGNREGA, 8.4 crore people worked in 2022-23, and 272.8 crore person days of work were generated.
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, better known as MGNREGA or NREGA, is a flagship scheme aimed at enhancing livelihood security of households in rural areas of the country by providing at least 100 days of guaranteed wage employment in a financial year to every household whose adult members volunteer to do unskilled manual work.