AITUC leader and former MLA PL Sundaram appealed to the government to give due relief to workers, above 55 years of age, working under the MGNREGS.
In a memorandum to the government, he said that the government has imposed various restrictions on workers working under the 100-day work programme due to the growing epidemic.
But, the Commissioner of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj has issued a notification on April 19 stating that those above 55 years of age should not be employed in the 100 day programme.
Workers follow all rules to prevent the spread of infection.
It has not occurred anywhere in the 100-day programme workplace to date.
So, the union believes that the commissioner’s order will have a major impact on workers and hit their livelihood.
The 100-day program is also intended to provide a single source of income for the majority of ordinary people living in rural areas.
Already, more than 50 percent of workers have lost their jobs as a result of the government’s curfew norms. So, the order has left rural workers in a state of great anxiety and helplessness.
According to the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Act-2005, Section-7 (Chapter-3), relief should be provided for the period of inability to provide employment to the workers.
Accordingly, the government should provide legal relief to workers who have been denied employment by the government due to infection.