Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh state committee of Himachal Kisan Sabha (HKS) has accused the state government of diluting the essential provisions of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA). HKS activists have alleged that the state government has decided to take work for 9 hours a day from NREGA workers against the precedence adopted all over the country of 8 hours of work every day. It has been further claimed that the government has also reduced the lunch break from 1 hour to just 30 minutes.
“Besides, the other facilities that are to be made available are hardly seen at the site of operation. The facility to provide crèche for children is nowhere seen in the state. Women have not been awarded separate nature of work, thereby forcing them to work the same as their menfolk,” said Dr Onkar Shad, general secretary, HKS. The HKS has further demanded that the measurement of work should be relaxed during the days of severe hot weather and also during the rainy season.