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Ashok Gehlot says that Centre government should pay MGNREGA workers wages without the work

With the pandemic prevailed, the workers are having a tough time. A lot of people are in such a state, they eat after earning a day’s income.

The Rajasthan’s Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has demanded the Central Government pay wages to the MGNREGA workers, now to help them in this crisis, keeping in mind the economic hardships they are facing now; even without working due to this lockdown.
He said that there has been a rise in the number of MGNREGA workers from 1 lakh to 12 lakh in the past few weeks. He praised his particular initiative of the UPA Government through which guaranteed employment is provided to people for 100 days, irrespective of the situation and the amount of workload.

Enrolling in MGNREGA is particularly beneficial to migrant workers, as it helps them find work in their destinations. He also expressed his hope in the number reaching 30 lakh.
The CM has also reminded that the Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi has already called for the industries, employers, and others to pay wages to their employees in this lockdown, even if they are not able to carry out their regular businesses. Similarly, he said, the Government itself, as an employer of the MGNREGA workers, has the responsibility to pay wages, irrespective of the work.

He also declared that there have been handicraft workers in the village who have been working in the lockdown period. The villages are almost untouched by the virus.
The lockdown has completely collapsed the state economies, and now the states are dependent on the Center, he said. He expressed his view of it taking at least six months to one year to review the economy.

The cases in Rajasthan have reached to 2720. The number of active cases is 1534. The state reported 65 deaths and 1121 were cured.
On the whole; Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, and Ajmer have been the most-affected districts of the desert state.

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