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Madhya Pradesh: Amid COVID-19 Lockdown,Engineer,Graduates Works In MGNREGA Project
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Madhya Pradesh: Amid COVID-19 Lockdown, Engineer, Graduates Works In MGNREGA Project
New Delhi: The coronavirus outbreak and the economic slowdown has forced an engineer and 15 graduates from Khargone in Madhya Pradesh to work in an MGNREGA project, a scheme originally envisaged for the rural poor, while preparing for the civil service exams.
Sachin Yadav (24) a civil engineer from a poor family says he wants to become a deputy collector but lack of jobs during the lockdown has forced him to work in the MGNREA project of digging a pond in Gowadi village,150 km from here
"I passed my civil engineering exams in 2018-19. Before the lockdown, I was staying in Indore and preparing for the Madhya Pradesh Public Service Commission (MPPSC) exams as I want to become a deputy collector, However, my coaching class shut due to the outbreak and I returned here after being stranded in Indore for a while," he told PTI on Tuesday.
"I am preparing for the exams along with working in the village as a laborer, a choice I made as there are no other means of employment. I have worked there for more than a month and get Rs 190 for an 8-hour shift every day," he added.
Mr. Yadav said that the experience has taught him that no work is small and being engrossed in it is better than wasting time ruing over the coronavirus crisis and the difficulties it has brought about.
Meanwhile, an official of the Indore unit of the Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting's Feild Outreach Bureau said that the 15 graduates are also employed in the MGNREGA project in Gowadi along with Yadav.
"They have degrees in Arts and Science etc. However, they hail from poor backgrounds and are, therefore, working in MGNREGA schemes while preparing for competitive examinations," the official said.
(With Inputs from agencies)