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SC issued notice to Union Government over improper implementation of MGNREGA

The notice was issued while hearing public interest litigation on mounting dues to the tune of 3100 crore rupees in lieu of wages and compensation to the rural workers.

Nov 3, 2015 12:38 IST
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The Supreme Court of India (SC) on 2 November 2015 issued a notice to the Ministry of Rural Development over improper implementation of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), 2005.

The notice was issued by a bench comprising Chief Justice H L Dattu and Justice Amitava Roy while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by social activists Aruna Roy, Nikhil Dey and Lalit Mathur.

In the PIL, the petitioners contended that the government failed to pay wages and compensation to rural workers in  a timely manner and at present, dues payable amounted to around 3100 crore rupees.

Hence, to correct the anomalies, they requested the court to direct the government to set up an independent Social Audit Units (SAUs) for effective monitoring of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.

Further, they also requested the court to provide for linking wage rates with the prevailing prices indices in view of persistent inflation.

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