New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ on Saturday (June 20) to boost livelihood opportunities in rural India which saw millions of migrant workers returning home in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.

The Prime Minister flagged-off the rs 50,000 crore scheme from village Telihar in Bihar’s Khagaria district via video-conferencing in the presence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi.

Chief Ministers of other five states and Union Ministers of concerned ministers also participated in the virtual launch from the Telihar village.

Here’s all about the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan:

The campaign of 125 days across 116 districts in 6 states aims to work in mission mode to help migrant workers.

The programme will cover 116 districts across Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha. All these districts have received more than 25,000 migrant workers during the lockdown.

It will involve intensified and focused implementation of 25 different types of works to provide jobs and create infrastructure in the rural regions of the country with a resource envelope of Rs 50,000 crore.

Provision of gas pipelines, skill development training, works under district mineral fund, waste management works and other activities important for livelihood comprise the 25 works which will be offered to migrant workers.

Anganwadi centres, Rural roads, rural housing, Railway works, RURBAN Mission in rural areas which are taking shape of urban areas, solar pumpset, laying of fibre optic cables, jal jeevan are other various works included in the 25 public works.

Around 39 crore people have received financial assistance of Rs 34,800 crore amid the COVID-19 lockdown under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) as on May 5.

The scheme will be a coordinated effort by 12 different ministries, including rural development, panchayati 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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