PM Narendra Modi today launched “Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan” to generate employment for migrants workers who returned home during coronavirus lockdown.
The Rs 50,000 crore campaign aims to boost livelihood opportunities in rural India for the migrant workers. At least 25,000 workers will be benefited in six states, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha.
Villages across 116 districts in the six states will join this programme through the Common Service Centres and Krishi Vigyan Kendras.
The scheme is 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.
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.
Meanwhile, the government has also, reportedly, expedited the proposed National Employment Policy (NEP), which is designed to bring 50 crore workforce into the formal sector. The policy aims to sketch a sectoral roadmap with incentives for employment generation, based on the recommendations of the Thawar Chand Gehlot-led group of ministers in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.