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MGNREGA liabilities: Panchayat members question silence of J&K MPs
12/6/2019 10:35:22 PM

Early Times Report

JAMMU, Dec 6: Elected Sarpanchs and Panchs on Friday staged a strong protest and torched the effigies of all Members of Parliament (MPs) from Jammu and Kashmir for their criminal silence on the non-payment of MGNREGA liabilities and other issues concerning Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs). The protestors raised slogans against all MPs from J&K and questioned them for remaining silent on the ongoing hunger strike of Panchayat members under the banner of All Jammu Kashmir Panchayat Conference (AJKPC).
Led by Sarpanch Ram Saroop Sharma, the protest was held in support of AJKPC's hunger strike led by its president Anil Sharma at Dogra Chowk in Jammu.
"It is unfortunate and shameful that our representatives in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have maintained a total criminal silence in the ongoing session of Parliament on the sensitive issue of non-clearance of MGNREGA liabilities since 2014. All of them have turned a deaf ear towards the problems being faced by poor labourers who executed works under MGNREGA scheme but did not get their wages even after the lapse of three to four years. All MPs should hang their heads in shame for showing no concerns to poor masses," Ram Saroop Sharma said.
Sharma said all MPs should realise the sensitivity of the matter and must understand that they have been voted to Parliament by the rural masses.
"They should not forget that they have been representing their respective constituencies only because of the rural masses who voted in their favour but they now have been taking the people for granted by not raising their issues in the Parliament," Balbir Singh, Sarpanch and Block Development Council chairman said. Meanwhile, the ongoing 168-hour-long hunger strike started by the elected Panchayat members under the leadership of AJKPC state president Anil Sharma against the non-payment of Rs 1,000-crore MGNREGA liabilities entered the fourth straight day.
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