MGNREGA wages not paid in Sikkim

GANGTOK, March 21 – The villagers under Luing Perbing Gram Panchayat have complained of non-payment of wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act for the past three months.

The villagers have complained to the local media that the payment of the wages have been entrusted to a company “Calance”, which has failed to pay more than 200 workers since December.

The villagers have also accused the company of not returning their bank cards that were taken away two months back. “When we inquired about the payment in the meeting of the Chief Minister’s Financial Inclusion we were abused by the Project Manager of the company”, said a villager Padam Gautam today.

According to the villagers, a false FIR of manhandling was registered by the Project Manager Sunil Thakur, which led to the arrest of innocent villagers.

The Project Manager said that the payment has been delayed due to mismatch of the fingerprints. “The payment would be released soon as more than 340 default bank cards are yet to be re- issued”, Thakur told the media.

He termed the allegations baseless and said that few villagers manhandled him during the course of heated discussion.