Mukherjee, Pawar, Montek want it widened; announcement possible on Rajiv

West Bengal encourages child labour by fixing wages for juvenile agricultural workers----------

An uneasy calm envelops the dusty roads and recently harvested fields of Khiala village in Mansa district of Punjab. The village looks abandoned except for a few eager eyes scanning the only vehicle moving around on a sunny afternoon.

P. Sainath

KAILASHAHAR, June 17: Tripura tea gardens are facing a shortage of labour with the expansion of National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA) scheme in all four districts, thus absorbing about 20-22 per cent tea workers.

June 14: Farmers are finding it difficult to hire agricultural workers as they are attracted towards the money offered in National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS). This has affected farming during the kharif season across the district.

The situation has become so bad that some of the farmers are hiring labourers from Maharashtra to work in their fields.

DH News Service,Bagepalli:

Hundreds of labourers started on their feet to cover 45 km stretch from Bagepalli to Chikkaballapur as paadayatra to draw the attention of the government to their demands.

Thousand of unskilled workers employed in works undertaken by the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS) across Tamil Nadu are agitated over the erosion of a substantial part of their daily wages.

TIRUCHI: Complaining of an acute shortage of labour for farm operations in the district, farmers

Karimnagar, Sept. 19: The National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme of the Central government has inadvertently led to large-scale mechanisation in the agriculture sector of the district.