SHILLONG, Sept 24 - Job cardholders in Meghalaya will be compensated in case there is 15 days delay in payment of wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA).
This decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mukul Sangma on Friday.
�The job card holders will be entitled to compensation at the rate of .05 per cent of the total outstanding wages in the event of delay in releasing the same,� the CM said.
He said that as per MNREGA, 2005, compensation has to be paid to the job cardholders if there is a delay in the release of their wages by 15 days. There are around four lakh job cardholders engaged for implementing the various programmes under MNREGS across 11 districts of the State.
Stating that the State Government is committed to implement the Act in letter and spirit, the Chief Minister said that the State Government has already created a corpus fund of Rs 35 crore with C&RD department.
�The corpus fund will enable the department to pay the compensation whenever needed or when there is delay in receiving funds from the Central Government,� he said. � PTI