The Punjab rural development and panchayats minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa on Thursday said Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) wages pendency would be cleared with immediate effect. In press statement on Thursday, he said that the delay for the clearance of pendency of MGNREGA wages was at the level of the Union government and they have given sanction for Rs 116 crore for MGNREGA wages today.

The minister said Punjab has made it clear that the total liability of labour component in the MGNREGA scheme lies with the Union government.

The delay was at the Union government level as they have to transfer the wages directly to the beneficiaries. The Punjab government has been taking up the issue on a daily basis with the Union government.

He also said that the Punjab government is regularly updating the information about the wages of the MGNREGA on the national Electronic fund management system without any delay.

The rural development minister has also said that the wage payment for Punjab was pending since 10th July 2019 and we had already exceeded our labour budget outlays for the first 6 months.

He further said that the pending liability was Rs 114 crore till yesterday. We had sent our next demand to the government of India four weeks ago and it had been pending at their level.