The Panchayat Parishad stated that the released amount was not sufficient enough to pay wages of the job card holders.
The Central Ministry had allocated a sum of Rs 485 crore as MGNREGA funds but that has not reached the PRIs and job card holders till date, the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) of Imphal East and Imphal West districts stated.
The high court division bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Kumar and Justice Kh Nobin issued the directive on Tuesday in connection with a PIL filed against the alleged failure of the state government to sanction the MGNREGS fund to the Panchayati Raj Institutions and job card workers in the state.
Unhappy with the amount released, the protesting Panchayat parishad members continued with their protest and shutdown call, demanding the release of the entire demanded amount.
The members of the Manipur Panchayat Parishad have been conducting sit-in protest demanding release of MGNREGS funds
Manipur Rural Development and Panchayati Raj, Thongam Biswajit said proposal has been sent to the Finance department to release the sanctioned amount of Rs 569.16 crore under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).
As a part of the protest organised by the Manipur Panchayat Parishad, Porompat, Imphal East, the protesters locked down all the departments of DC, Imphal East, Porompat.
The panchayat functionaries from six districts protested against the non-release of funds under the 15th Finance Commission Award (2nd installments) and demanded their honorarium from October 2019 to March 2021.