The governement has stuck with the idea of this scheme [ I am so thankful too].
100 days paid labour does a lot to keep a family keep going in tough times. People here are workers, to survive with so little they have to be so resourceful, yes they need money to survive, or until a regular job comes along, or until monsoon and hopefully busy in the fields.
They do not need handouts and charity, they do not need to be taught to stand in line and take a number, jump to the government's list of requirements and learn to be bored waiting around on dole quues like I see in Australia......all people should have a right to work, supporting themselves through their own efforts.....and the opportunities to develop that experience, even if that means a kick up the bum- get up mate and do something!
Any way off the soap box....
Here at the end of a session is a big payment day, everyone in these photos have just receievd their money and a half kilogram box of sweets as their payments.
I love the though of the sweets- everyone was walking down the road clutching their box.
What a nice touch, I bet they are laddoo. These are most favoured by Ganesh, the remover of obstacles and bringer of god fortune, always assisting Laxmi the goddess of Prosperity on her journey into people's lives.
Happy day to you