Karnataka: PhD-holders enrol for work under MGNREGS | Hubballi News – Times of India

Degree-holders labour at Malagund gram panchayat in Hanagal taluk of Haveri district

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HAVERI: The Covid-19 crisis has made many graduates and postgraduates jobless. The situation is getting from bad to worse, as several PhD holders are enrolling for work under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in Hanagal taluk, to make ends meet.
Eight graduates, 12 postgraduates, and four PhD-holders are involved in this scheme, and belong to the same village.
The tough rules imposed by the government after a surge in Covid-19 cases in the second wave has left several people, who had migrated to different states, unemployed, forcing them to work under MGNREGS, officials said. Many with MSc, MA, MCom, BA, BCom, BEd degreees and PhDs have been working as labourers under this scheme for a week.
“After the lockdown was declared last year, 3,649 people enrolled in Haveri district under MGNREGS. This year, it’s 4,842. Many qualified people have become jobless since the second wave of Covid-19 struck, and they had to return to their hometowns. Majority of them are graduate and postgraduate degree holders, technicians,” said ZP CEO Mohammad Roshan.
The CEO said in Malagund gram panchayat, 24 people with graduate degrees and higher qualifications enrolled under MGNREGS, including some PhD-holders. They don’t have inferiority complex and are involved in physical works like desilting of tanks, afforestation efforts, developing private land, he said..
“Graduates, postgraduates and PhDs have enthusiastically enrolled under MGNREGS,” confirmed PDO Renuka Ilager.
Siddalingesh Pujar, who completed his MPhil, said he enrolled recently. He said there are no openings of teaching faulty anywhere. “I am not bothered about my qualification. I only focus on earning for my family.”

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