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April 25, 2024

Congress Criticizes Modi Government Over Revised MGNREGS Wage Rates

The Congress party launched a scathing attack on the Modi government following the notification of revised MGNREGS (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme) wages for the fiscal year 2024-25. According to Congress General Secretary Jairam Ramesh, the newly announced daily wage rates across all states fall significantly below the promised benchmark of Rs 400 per day, as outlined in the party’s ‘Shramik NYAY’ guarantees.

The MGNREGS, a flagship rural employment scheme, witnesses annual revisions in wage rates, typically taking effect from April 1st. However, the recent announcement by the Union government has drawn sharp criticism from the opposition, particularly from the Congress camp.

Jairam Ramesh, in a statement posted on social media platform X, highlighted the disparity between the promised minimum wage and the actual rates notified by the Modi government. He questioned the government’s commitment to addressing wage stagnation and fulfilling its obligations under the ‘Shramik NYAY’ initiative. Ramesh also raised concerns about the timing of the wage revision announcement, hinting at potential violations of the Model Code of Conduct, given the upcoming elections.

The cornerstone of Congress’ ‘Shramik NYAY’ promise is the assurance of a nationwide minimum wage of Rs 400 per day, aimed at uplifting workers and combating economic disparity. In addition to the wage guarantee, the party has pledged to undertake a comprehensive review of the Modi government’s labor codes, with a commitment to amend them to bolster labor rights.

The Congress party’s critique underscores broader concerns regarding labor welfare and socio-economic justice, particularly in rural areas where schemes like MGNREGS play a crucial role in livelihood sustenance. By flagging discrepancies in wage rates, the opposition aims to hold the ruling government accountable for its promises and ensure adequate protection for the country’s workforce.

The debate over MGNREGS wage rates reflects a larger ideological clash between the Congress and the Modi government concerning socio-economic policies and welfare measures. While the former advocates for robust labor protections and equitable wages, the latter emphasizes economic reforms and growth-oriented strategies.

As the political discourse intensifies in the lead-up to elections, issues surrounding employment, wages, and social security are likely to remain at the forefront of public debate. The Congress’ criticism of the MGNREGS wage revision signals its commitment to championing the rights of workers and holding the government accountable for delivering on its promises.

In the coming days, the response of the Modi government to these criticisms, along with its actions to address concerns raised by the opposition, will be closely scrutinized. Ultimately, the fate of MGNREGS wage rates and labor rights hinges not just on political rhetoric but on concrete policy interventions and their effective implementation.

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