Govt. pulled up for delay in MGNREGA payments

New Delhi,LEGAL CORRESPONDENT:Directing the Centre and the States to “make all efforts to encourage needy persons to come forward and take advantage of the MGNREGA scheme”, the Supreme Court on Friday slammed the government for not giving compensation to workers for delayed payment of wages under MGNREGA even during the current drought.

A MGNREGA worksite in Tiruchi. FIle photo.

A Bench of Justices Madan B. Lokur and N.V. Ramana said the government had no provision for providing compensation to the workers. “A success rate below 50 per cent is nothing to be proud of,” the Bench observed.

‘Shape up’

The court said it was also regrettable that the government cleared the pending wage bill for 2015-16 only during the pendency of this case and underlined that “The Government of India must shape up in this regard”.

“A worker is entitled to compensation at the rate of 0.05 per cent per day for delayed payment of the wages due,” the court said.