Maoists in Jharkhand term assured employment scheme ‘anti labour’

November 24th, 2008 - 2:05 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Nov 24 (IANS) Maoist rebels in Jharkhand have attacked the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, which assures people in rural areas 100 days of paid work in a year, as ‘anti labourer’ and demanded that work be available round the year.The proscribed Communist Party of India-Maoist has pasted posters in some parts of the state, claiming the scheme will not help labourers and questioning why the government has restricted it to 100 days instead of ensuring it covers all 365 days in a year.

The rebels claim that many such schemes have been launched by the government but they have only helped the government and bureaucracy, not the labourers.

Police have seized such posters in East Singhbhum district of the state.

The Maoist’s campaign against the scheme follows the large scale corruption in its implementation in the state.

A senior police official involved in anti-Maoist operations told IANS: “Maoists are trying to garner support from the villagers by raising the issue of corruption in the implementation of the scheme in the state”.

He admitted that officials involved in scheme are swindling money and the scheme is not helping the rural poor who are intended to be the beneficiaries.

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