Tonk, Rajasthan: Indian Members of Parliament (MPs) have just had a huge raise in their salaries. But shockingly, people in Tonk district of Rajasthan are being paid just one rupee for a whole day’s hard labour. And that too for working under the government’s National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA).
Ramphool is angry and desperate these days. To feed his family, this landless labourer had worked in April this year at a NREGA site in Gudaliya village of Tonk district. But despite working for eight hours a day in the blazing heat, Ramphool was paid just one rupee a day or his labour.
“We were promised 100 rupees a day. That is why we worked hard under NREGA. But now they are giving us only one rupee per day. With this little money, what will I eat and how can I feed my children.” Read full story from publisher