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Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan: All about PM Modi's project to provide employment to migrants closer to home

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA) to boost employment and livelihood opportunities for migrant workers returning to villages, in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak.

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New Delhi Updated on: June 22, 2020 10:06 IST
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Migrant workers get temperature checked before being allowed to board a train tomorrow for hometown, in Jammu.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA) to boost employment and livelihood opportunities for migrant workers returning to villages, in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. Launching the scheme, the prime minister said, it focuses on durable rural infrastructure and providing modern facilities like the internet in the villages.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, businesses across sectors were affected which led to the temporary shutdown of the industries, leaving migrants with no jobs. The railways ran several shramik special trains to take them to their native villages during the lockdown period. As lakhs of migrants returned back, the government has initiated Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan to provide employment to them closer to home.

Launching the scheme, PM Modi said, "skill mapping of the rural migrant labour being done to help them work closer home."  The government is injecting Rs 50,000 crore worth project to be implemented in a mission mode campaign in 125 days in 116 Districts of 6 States that will generate employment to migrants.

The Abhiyaan was flagged off from village Telihar, Block Beldaur, district Khagaria, Bihar on June 20 (Saturday) through Video-Conference attended by the CMs and Representatives of the 6 Participating States, Various Union Ministers and others.

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.

Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan to provide access to modern technology in villages  

The Prime Minister said that Abhiyan shall also provide modern facilities in rural areas. He said it is of great necessity that high speed and cheap internet be provided in every rural household to help the youth and children.

The Prime Minister said it is the first time that the rural areas are using more internet than the urban areas. 

The Prime Minister said that Self-Reliant (AatmaNirbhar) farmers are equally essential for a Self-Reliant India (AatmaNirbhar) Bharat. He said the Government took a major step by removing various shackles of unwanted rules and regulations so that the farmer can freely sell his produce anywhere in the country and connect directly with traders who offer a better price for his produce.

Modi said the farmers are being directly linked to the market and that the Government has provided an investment of Rs 1,00,000 Crore for linkages like cold storage etc.

Abhiyaan to be worked on mission mode

This Abhiyaan of 125 days, will work in mission mode, will involve focused implementation of 25 categories of works/ activities in 116 districts, each with a large concentration of returnee migrant workers in 6 states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha.

Saturate villages with public infrastructure and create livelihood opportunities viz. Roads, Housing, Anganwadis, Panchayat Bhavans, various livelihood assets and Community Complexes among others. The basket of a wide variety of works will ensure that each migrant worker is able to get an opportunity of employment according to his skill, in the coming 125 days. The Program will also prepare for expansion and development of livelihoods over a longer-term.

List of states, where the Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan will be undertaken 

S. No.

State Name

Districts

Aspirational Districts

1

Bihar

32

12

2

Uttar Pradesh

31

5

3

Madhya Pradesh

24

4

4

Rajasthan

22

2

5

Odisha

4

1

6

Jharkhand

3

3

Total Districts

116

27

The government has identified 25 work areas for employment in villages, for the 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 infrastructure like Cattle Sheds, Anganwadi Bhavans etc.

List of 25 works, activities targeted to be taken up on priority under GKRA

S.No.

Work/ Activity

S.No.

Work/ Activity

1

Construction of Community sanitation centre (CSC)

14

Construction of cattle sheds

2

Construction of Gram Panchayat Bhawan

15

Construction of poultry sheds

3

Works under 14th FC funds

16

Construction of Goat Shed

4

Construction of National Highway works

17

Construction of Vermi-compost structures

5

Water conservation & Harvesting works

18

Railway

6

Construction of Wells

19

RURBAN

7

Plantation works

20

PM Kusum

8

Horticulture

21

Bharat Net

9

Construction of Anganwadi Centers

22

CAMPA plantation

10

Construction of rural housing works

23

PM Urja Ganga Project

11

Rural connectivity works

24

KVK training for Livelihoods

12

Solid and liquid waste management works

25

District Mineral Foundation Trust (DMFT) works

13

Construction of farm ponds

 

 

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