Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan to provide jobs to migrant workers
Migrant workers walking home during COVID-19 lockdown. Courtesy: Al Jazeera

Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan To Strengthen Rural India

June 20, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (June 21) will launch the massive rural public works scheme- Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan- via video conferencing.

The scheme is being envisaged to create jobs for millions of migrant workers who returned to their respective homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The scheme is worth Rs 50,000 crore and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi will also be present during the launch.

Moreover, five other chief ministers and Union ministers of concerned ministries will also participate in the virtual launch from Telihar village in Khagaria district of Bihar.

About Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan

-> The campaign of 125 days across 116 districts in six states aims to work in mission mode to help migrant workers

-> Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan will cover 116 districts across Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha. These districts received over 25,000 migrant workers during the lockdown

-> The scheme will involve intensified and focused implementation of 25 different types of works to provide jobs and create infrastructure in the rural regions

-> Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan is aimed at boosting livelihood opportunities in rural India

-> The scheme will create durable infrastructure along with boosting employment opportunities

-> The scheme will be a coordinated effort between 12 different ministries or departments

It has also been aimed that under the programme, laying of fibre optics cable, railway works, rurban mission jobs, sanitation works, waste management, poultry, farm ponds and training through Krishi Vigyan Kendras will be given to the migrant workers.

Moreover, there is no bar for other districts to join the programme if they also have over 25,000 migrant workers.

The twelve departments that will have a coordinated effort to make the scheme a success are- rural development, panchayat raj, road transport and highways, mines, drinking water and sanitation, environment, railways, petroleum and natural gas, new and renewable energy, border roads, telecom and agriculture.

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