Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh writes to PM Modi for dialogue on extension of MNREGA
RKM also alleged that Niti Aayog is not willing to meet farmers' bodies despite their request.
Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh (RKM), a consortium of 62 farmer bodies, today said it has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and 28 chief ministers urging them to have a dialogue with farmers before extending MNREGA to the agriculture sector.
RKM, which appreciated the proposal by government think-tank Niti Aayog, said it will launch a nationwide signature campaign to seek farmers' opinion.
"The feasibility of using the employment generated under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) in agriculture-related activities, both pre-harvest and post-harvest, is not possible without consulting serious farmers organization," it said in a statement.
Therefore, RKM has passed a resolution to consult all stakeholders, it added.
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