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Campaigning on NREGP on Issues, Procedures and Policies

16 mandal level campaigns have been organised on NREGP, in all the 8 mandals of AF’s program area. Totally about 13,000 farm labor (About 7,000 men and 6,000 women) attended these campaigns. In these campaigns, the required policy changes in NREGP and issues related to procedural bottlenecks in implementation were discussed extensively. AF also conducted a district level labor campaign on the rights and entitlements under NREGS. About 1400 farm labor (About 700 men and 700 women) participated. 

AF has lobbied for and succeeded in including the following Sustainable Agriculture related interventions Under MGNREGS, which will benefit both the labor, small and marginal rain fed farmers:

  • Taking up pebble bunding, Rain water harvesting structures like farm ponds, check dams, Rainfed Horticulture and farm forestry/afforestation to create productive assets for the rain fed farmers. They all have been accepted and become a policy now.
  • Provision for compost making with green matter and tank silt. AS of now compost pitting is accepted but compost making is not yet accepted.
  • To take up MGNREGS works even in forest lands. It is a policy now
  • Providing tools to laborers and customization of tools to reduce drudgery. It is a policy now.
  • Provision of work-site facilities like water, shade, crèche, medical facilities etc. They have been there in the policy but not adequately implemented. So, the demand is to implement the policy by overcoming the hurdles.
  • Sanction of Rs.100 wage payment to water suppliers on par with wage laborers. It is a policy now.
  • Laborer’s medical bills in case of any work-site accidents, can be certified by local Doctors now, thereby reducing the delay in medical bill payments. Earlier certification by government doctors was mandatory.
  • A concurrent system of Social Audit is being advocated at the State level. Now there is an Annual Social Audit involving the educated rural youth. However, the District Collector of Anantapur has introduced a weekly Social Audit System of randomly selected villages on every Saturday involving the Govt. functionaries of various other departments, not involved in the direct implementation of MGNREGP. It is working well and creating a scare among the erring MGNREGP staff.

The above efforts achieved the important objectives of (a) Creating wide spread awareness on Sustainable Agriculture & related Government policies and Rights, entitlements, opportunities for the labor under NREGA, and (b) Facilitating an interface between the farmers, labor and the district level Government functionaries at mandal level, and (c) Bringing out problems faced by the farmers in practicing Sustainable Agriculture and the problems faced by labor in the implementation of NREGP. 

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