Union Minister of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj Narendra Singh Tomar Tuesday held a review meeting on the progress of Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan through video-conferencing with the Rural Development Ministers and senior officials of six states. Launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 20, 2020, the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan is being undertaken in 116 districts in the states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan. The Abhiyaan will continue for 125 days, and 25 works coming under 11 different ministries have been identified for completion.
Speaking to the state representatives, the Union Minister said that it was the effort of the government to provide employment to the migrant workers at their native places. The Abhiyaan is not only providing employment to returning migrants and similarly affected rural citizens, but also strengthening the economy and would saturate villages with public infrastructure and create livelihood opportunities such as roads, housing, aanganwadi centres, panchayat bhavans, various livelihood assets and community complexes among others. He expressed satisfaction at the rate of progress of the special drive by cooperation between the Centre and the states, and laid emphasis on further accelerating the drive and creation of maximum infrastructure.
Tomar also emphasised on developing a competitive approach among the states to achieve maximum results along with minimising the hurdles being faced by various ministries in the implementation process so that the set targets are completed within the determined time period. He instructed that the tender process for sanctioning the third phase of rural road construction works under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) should be speeded up as employment would be rapidly generated across all rural areas due to this. He said the drive is an important step towards providing employment to the people on a mission mode.
Speaking about the important measures taken by the government for the welfare of the people during the crisis caused by Coronavirus pandemic, Tomar said that the Union government had made a provision of an additional Rs. 40,000 crore under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).