FM Sitharaman shares details of Rs 50,000-crore Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan public work scheme for migrants
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has shared details of Prime Minister (PM) Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA) today via a press conference.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has shared details of Prime Minister (PM) Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA) today via a press conference. The public works scheme worth Rs 50,000 crore aims to provide job opportunities to the migrant workers. The mega employment scheme will be launched on Saturday, June 20 from Bihar's Khagaria district.
With an aim to provide relief to migrant labourers during the Covid-19 lockdown, PM Narendra Modi had announced the launch of the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan on June 20. This scheme will help the migrant labourers, who have returned to their states, to find livelihood opportunities amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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FM said, "Workers from all over the country during lockdown wanted to go back to their hometowns. We have, along with the state govts, seen which districts they have returned to. These districts are spread across 116 districts in six states."
FM added that the district governments there have mapped the skills of the workers and at least for the next four months the focus will be on this.
Going forward FM SItharaman said after that the government will see how many want to stay back or how many want to leave.
The scheme will help to create infrastructure in the rural regions with a resource envelope of Rs 50,000 crore, the central government said in a statement. As many as 116 districts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha have been selected for the campaign.
The benefit of this programme will reach to only those districts where where 25,000 migrants have returned, said FM Sitharaman. Selection of these 116 districts has been done on the basis of this criteria.
In the first instalment, jobs will be provide for four months, said FM. "As we go ahead, we have to see how this works out for migrants and central government," Sitharaman said.
FM Sitharaman said that the Narendra Modi Government has mapped the skill sets of migrant labours who have returned from several states during the COVID-19 lockdown and said, "There will be 25 different projects which will create job opportunities for migrants."
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