Bhubaneswar, March 29: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to consider unemployment allowance to MGNREGA workers of the state for 21 days lockdown period.
“In Odisha, there are 36, 10,797 active workers during the current year who are deprived ofgetting work under MGNREGA due to 21 days’ lockdown. To protect their livelihood, an amount ofRs. 380.39 crore, which is one fourth of the wage rate as per the MGNREG Act may be sanctioned as unemployment allowance that will certainly help them to mitigate their sufferings during this lockdown period, as we are not in a position to give them work,” Naveen wrote in the letter.
Naveen also requested the PM to allow the State to use the MGNREGA fund and release the unemployment allowance to the account of the MGNREGA active workers of Odisha.