About the Video

The people of Bheeti Block, Ambedkar Nagar in Pandey Pakoli are distraught. Since the appointment of the new Pradhan, the people, especially the women, have not been given any work under MNREGA. People have been alleging that in spite of work being available, they have not been given employment. According to Anjali and Vidya, no new work under MNREGA has been assigned by the newly appointed Pradhan. They have not worked a day since he took office.

Kamlesh, another woman who has been regularly employed under MNREGA adds, “I have been working for the last 5 years but now I have no work and when I go to ask them (about the work), they tell me to leave”.

We ask Rajmani Pandey, the new zila pradhan about the status of the MNREGA. He responds by saying, “The previous work under MNREGA has been filed and sent to the office and some is still left to be assessed. A canal is to be built here through the SDM under NREGA, and so new work has come to the block. This has also been included in the plan of action.”

When we inquire about the women who worked under the MNREGA previously, and whether there has been an increase or decrease in employment since his appointment, he says, “There were about 40-50. But because there has been no work it is hard to assess if there has been an increase or decrease, so we don’t know”.

Upon questioning him about the allegations levelled by women who were previously employed under the MNREGA, he retorts, “Women who do not want to work but want to get paid just by sitting at home, are the ones spreading these rumours. It is not possible to just send the money into their account. There will be a meeting soon where a new proposal will be put forward and only after that we will decide on something.”

Whether or not the Pradhan is genuinely responsible for the lack of new MNREGA work, his response is symptomatic of a larger attitude towards women. First, he blames women for being unemployed because of their laziness—ignoring all evidence to the contrary.  Second, he vilifies the women who dared to voice their concerns, thus advocating a culture where women do not question and are cowed into remaining silent. Finally, he draws upon the trope of men ‘sending’ money to take care of domestic women, ignoring the fact that these women have worked for several years under the MNREGA and are, and have been, bread-winners in their families.

We must take note of these statements that detract from the hard work and suffering of the people of Ambedkar Nagar. After all, the livelihoods of countless people rely on the whims of their local administrator. And further strengthen the skewed gender notions in an area where it is already a burning issue.

In partnership with Khabar Lahariya

Why are these women not getting work under NREGA?

The people of Bheeti Block, Ambedkar Nagar in Pandey Pakoli are distraught. Since the appointment of the new Pradhan, the people, especially the women, have not been given any work under MNREGA. People have been alleging that in spite of work being available, they have not been given employment. According to Anjali and Vidya, no new(…)

About Charvi

Posts by Charvi:

Dalai Lama Aspires To See More Women In Leadership

How rightly has Margaret Thatcher said,” When you want something said, ask a man, when you want something done, ask a woman.” A woman’s leadership qualities were often ignored in a world dominated by the institution of patriarchy. But with the onset of a feminist movement ruling our lives in the 21st century, women are gradually coming out of their shells(…)


5 Reasons Why Women Stay In Abusive Marriages

Indian families associate a lot of sanctity and pride to marital alliances. The tradition of giving away one’s daughter to the groom’s family is observed as one of the most important duties of the parents. The onset of adolescence in an Indian girl is marked by parents striving hard to paint a rosy picture of(…)


Priyanka Chopra Bags People’s Choice Award For Quantico

Priyanka Chopra has made it a point to leave a mark in whichever acting genre she forays into. While in Bollywood, she has carved a name for herself as the most “versatile” actress, her winning the popular choice award for the Favourite TV Dramatic Actress for her role in Quantico shows that she is loved(…)


Davos: 6 Global Leaders Give Their Take On The Prevalent Gender Gap

Among the many issues that women face, the one that has garnered the maximum support is that of women’s participation. Women, across the world, are dissuaded from taking charge of public the sphere. While women acknowledge this gender gap, there are a handful of ones who perceive this gap as a threat to their liberty(…)


Why Kiran Bedi’s opinion on women’s education resonates with me?

Women leaders across the world suggest that women’s education is the answer for all the issues involving gender-inequality. Kiran Bedi, however, begs to differ. She says imparting education to women without imbibing a sense of courage in them is futile. [( Picture Credit: Hindustantimes.com)] We realized that while education was helping us grow and see(…)


Remembering Mahasweta Devi on her 91st birthday

There are very few Indian writers whose work compelled Indians  to think about issues that degrade the society. Mahasweta Devi, one of the prolific writers from Dhaka who later shifted to Kolkata, attempted to uplift the marginalized and oppressed communities in the country by lending them a voice. She was felicitated for her literary acumen(…)


A musical rendition on Kaifi Azmi’s 98th birthday

I still remember the day we were taught the lyrics of the famous song “Kar Chale Hum Fida” by Kaifi Azmi. The song was a part of my VIII class syllabus. Every morning, we were made to sing this before the commencement of the classes. Its been years now, this mellifluous patriotic  song still reverberates(…)


Roshni Mukherjee’s Endeavour To Revamp The Indian Education System

Does your son grapple with his mathematical concepts? Do the laws of Physics puzzle him? Roshni Mukherjee, a passionate educator from Bengaluru, has found a solution of this problem by launching a website — Examfear.com — to help students understand the concepts of Maths, Chemistry, Physics and Biology.


Blogging and digital marketing internship for under graduates: Apply Now!

If you want earn recognition for channelizing your creative energy without leaping out of your bed, apply for the month-long blogging and digital marketing internship at Economy Decoded. Economy Decoded is a blog focusing on issues concerning the youth. What distinguishes ED from other blogs is the quality of bloggers who are ardent believers of(…)


Share Your Stories: