In order to provide livelihood opportunities in areas and villages witnessing large number of returnee migrant workers affected by COVID-19 lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched an employment-cum- rural public works scheme, ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’. The scheme was flagged off from village Telihar, Block Beldaur, district Khagaria, Bihar through video-conference attended by the chief ministers and representatives of six participating states, various union ministers and others.
Prime Minister interacted through remote video conferencing with the villagers of Telihar from where the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan was formally launched.
The Prime Minister inquired from some of the migrants their current state of employment and also whether the various welfare schemes launched during the lockdown period were available to them.
PM said that both the Centre and the state governments were concerned about the welfare of the poor and the migrants.
This campaign is dedicated for our labour brothers and sisters, for the youth, sisters and daughters living in our villages. It is our endeavour that through this campaign workers are given work near home, he said.
Prime Minister announced that an amount of Rs 50,000 crore would be spent for building durable rural infrastructure under the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan.
He said 25 work areas have been identified for employment in villages, for development of various works. These 25 works or projects are related to meet the needs of the villages like rural housing for the poor, plantations, provision of drinking water through Jal Jeevan mission, Panchayat Bhavans, community toilets, rural mandis, rural roads, other infrastructures like cattle sheds, Aanganwadi Bhavans among others.
The Abhiyaan of 125 days, will work in mission mode in 116 districts, each with a large concentration of returnee migrant workers in these six states.
The Abhiyaan will be a convergent effort between 12 different ministries and departments, namely; Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Road Transport & Highways, Mines, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Environment, Railways, Petroleum & Natural Gas, New & Renewable Energy, Border Roads, Telecom and Agriculture, to expedite implementation of public infrastructure works and works relating to augmentation of livelihood opportunities.
The Ministry of Rural Development is the nodal Ministry for this campaign and the campaign will be implemented in close coordination with the state governments. Central Nodal Officers of the rank of Joint Secretary and above will be appointed to oversee the effective and timely implementation of various schemes in the identified districts.