On 20th June, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is going to launch ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’. The PMO said, “Government of India has decided to launch a massive rural public works scheme ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ to empower and provide livelihood opportunities to the returnee migrant workers and rural citizens.”
The campaign will work in a mission mode for 125 days, across 116 districts in 6 states. The mission aims to help the migrant workers with 25 different types of works and also create infrastructure in the rural regions of the country with a resource envelope of 50,000 crore.
In an official release by the government, it says, “Further, the chief ministers of other five states and union ministers of concerned ministries will also participate in the virtual launch. The villages across 116 districts in the six states will join this program through the common service centres and Krishi Vigyan Kendras, maintaining the norms of social distancing in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic”
“The scheme will be a coordinated effort between 12 different ministries/departments, namely, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Road Transport and Highways, Mines, Drinking water & Sanitation, Environment, Railways, Petroleum & Natural gas, New and Renewable Energy, Border Roads, Telecom and Agriculture” the statement further added.
While addressing the media on Thursday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “we have found that migrant workers returned I large numbers to 116 districts, spread over six states- Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan. The Central and State governments have meticulously mapped the skill sets of migrant workers who have returned in large numbers to the 166 districts in 6 states”.