Quote from the Draft Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2004

The Rural Employment Guarantee Act was supposed to guarantee 100 days of employment to any rural resident willing to do manual labor.

Among the entitlements of labourers according to the 2004 draft of the Act is the following:

“(2) The following facilities shall be available at the worksites: (1) safe drinking water; (ii) shade for small children and periods of rest; (iii) a first-aid box with adequate material for emergency treatment of minor injuries, strokes, body aches and other health hazards connected with the work being performed.”

Water and shade? It is astounding to me how minimal these entitlements are.


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