7 BDOs fail to release wages of MGNREGA laborers

Seven Block Development Officers (BDOs) in Baramulla district have failed to release the wages under MGNERGA scheme leaving the laborers in a state of despair.

The delay in clearing the liability under labour component comes amid the COVID-19 outbreak when the government has issued the directions to clear all the liability of laborers class under different schemes.

As per the data prepared by the Rural Development Department (RDD), out of total 26 blocks in district Baramulla, Block Chandil Wanigam, Baramulla,  Khore Sherabad and Tangmarg blocks have cleared zero percent wages against the FTO generated for release of funds.

Other blocks including Kangroosa, Rafiabad and Sangrama have also performed poorly in releasing the wages under labor component of the scheme.

“The performance of Kangroosa is 19 percent, Rafiabad 18 and Sangrama only 01 percent,” the document reads.

The delay in release of wages is increasing the resentment among the laborers against the Block Development Officers (BDOs).

“While government makes tall claims to help the people especially the poor during this pandemic period, these block officers in Baramulla take us for a ride and deny the release of our wages,” a group of laborers from Sangrama block said.

They said BDOs in other blocks have released all wages under labor component of MGNREGA and of projects executed under 14th FC conversion, keeping in view the prevailing crises like situation. But BDO office Sangrama and six more blocks have kept the bills pending for unknown reasons, they added.

“The approach of BDOs towards labor class is unfortunate. We request the district administration and authorities in RDD to look into the matter and get our wages released,” a laborer said.

Commissioner Secretary RDD, Sheetal Nanda said they have received the reports about the poor performance of BDOs in releasing the wages under labor component. “The report is with me and action will be taken against these BDOs who have not cleared the wages,” she said.