Gwalior: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is gearing up to target the Central government and the Congress on Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) for its failure to adhere to the guidelines of Minimum Wages Act.

Alleging violation of the Minimum Wages Act in the MNREGA, Madhya Pradesh Panchayat and Rural Development Minister Gopal Bhargav has claimed that the wages granted under it are not in accordance with the Minimum Wages Act.

Informing the leaders during the BJP’s working committee meeting, Bhargav said, “The UPA government is boasting of its MNREGA scheme but is not giving the employees their valid due.”

Taking cognizance of the practice, the Karnataka High Court has barred the violation of the Minimum Wages Act and has asked the state to make additional payment to people in exchange of their labour. 

Bhargav added, “Now the same Union government is going to challenge the High Court’s verdict in the Supreme Court but is not ready to pay the minimum wages.”

According to Bhargav, the Congress along with the UPA government is claiming MNREGA and the Minimum Wages Act to be distinct with no comparison. Therefore, the BJP has decided to make people aware of the injustice meted to them.

He said, with no provision of the Act being applied under the MNREGA, poor labourers are the ultimate sufferers.

Bhargav also claimed that the report presented by the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance has proved that the needy people are not getting their 100 days of employment and wages due to faulty policies of the government. And now the government is stressing on keeping the two acts apart instead of improving its policy.

He said, the BJP will launch a movement to fight for the 1.15 crore labourers employed under the MNREGA to give them their due wages.

JPN/Bureau