Shiv Kumari who played host to Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and the British Foreign Secretary David Miliband would soon be appointed a ‘mate’ (supervisor) under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS).
A proposal to this effect had been received from pradhan of Semra village, said a senior officer of Sultanpur district. Shiv Kumari had narrated her poor condition to the visiting dignitaries when they stayed at her thatched hut overnight on January 14.
Rahul had taken Miliband to the village to give the British Foreign Secretary a feel of rural India. A flurry of activity was witnessed in the village with district officers including those from Bhetua block making a beeline to listen to her
problems. Shiv Kumari had a Below Poverty Line (BPL) card in her name but had not been given a job under NREGS.
Chief Development Officer B. Ram talking to the HT said Shiv Kumari had been already given a job card under the NREGS. But she was not able to do any physical work due to her poor health, he said, adding she was being given the job of a ‘mate’ now. Shiv Kumari may now get Rs 100 per day for the supervision work in accordance with the provisions of the NREGS.