Deshmukh to look into delinking NREGA from wages Act

BS REPORTER New Delhi, 20 January


gle were the only ways out when the government itself was going against the Constitution. enior Congress leader Vi- Referring to the Prime Minislasrao Deshmukh, who ter’s recent decision to delink took charge today as the the NREGA wages from the Union rural development min- wages Act, he said it was not a ister, said he would look into matter for debate at all. Speaking at a seminar on the controversy over delinking the National Rural Employment minimum wages for the unGuarantee Act (NREGA), the organised sector here, Verma said those who government’s had taken an largest rural emoath were dutyployment probound to go by gramme, from the Constitution the Minimum protests and struggle and laws of the Wages Act. were the only ways land, and the rest “I have to go out when the by virtue of beinto the matter, as I am not aware government itself was ing citizens were also bound by of the ministry’s going against the their fundamenposition and the Constitution tal duties. court rulings in Former rural development the matter so far,” he said. Yesterday, former Supreme minister C P Joshi had been Court Chief Justice J S Verma saying that NREGA did not called delinking of the works have to go by the Minimum programme from the Minimum Wages Act. He told Business Wages Act as unconstitutional Standard recently that the deand illegal, adding the apex court mand for minimum wages should take suo motu cognisance were being made as part of an of the violation of multiple pro- agenda by communist parties visions of the Constutution by which wanted to keep wages the government and defiance of low. “Why do you want minicourt orders to delink NREGA mum wages when people are getting much better than that?” wages from the Act. He said protests and strug- he had asked.


New Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi (left) with his predecessor Praful Patel after assuming charge of the ministry in New Delhi on Thursday. PHOTO: PTI