Nagpur December 9, 2011
Vidarbha farmers has welcome the proposal of Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar for inclusion of farm laboures work under UPA flagship rural employment scheme MGNREGA as farm laboure’s wages has touched to sky as per as cotton crop is concern which is highly labor sensitive from sowing to fluking and this is long pending demand that farm work should be included under MNREGA,Kishor Tiwari Vidarbha Jandolan Samiti (V J A S )cotton farmers lobby group fighting for the rights of the cotton farmers who are committing suicides due on going agrarian crisis in the region.
"Under NREGA, Govt.is asking a farmer to build a road or some stone crashing ,work on dams which is not conventional rural work . Instead the government can allow cultivation activities under NREGA so that it would provide wages and also ease the labour costs," Tiwari, , added.
‘It is reported that State-level studies by the Agro Economic Research Centres on wage rate, food security and migration reveal that MGNREGA has put an upward pressure on general wage level in rural areas and that there is shortage of labour for critical labour intensive operations like sowing and harvesting and ,even states, panchayats and farmers associations want the rural development ministry to allow agriculture works under NREGA - something the officials are strongly opposed to, which is unfortunate’ Tiwari said .
We are not supporting pawar demand that he had reportedly sent a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month suggesting that at least 3 months in a year be considered an off-duration of rural employment guarantee scheme so that farm labourers are available during the peak agricultural operations in various parts of the country instead all agrarian activities should be part of MGNEREGA, Tiwari urged..