COVID-19: PM launches livelihood campaign for migrant workers

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the launch of the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan through Video-Conferencing, in New Delhi on Saturday 20 June 2020
  • “Garib Kalyan Rojgar Campaign” (Employment Programme for Welfare of Poor) to boost employment and livelihood opportunities for migrant workers returning to villages in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak
  • Cmpaign focuses on durable rural infrastructure and modern facilities like internet in the villages
  • Skill Mapping of the rural migrant labour being done to help them work closer home
  • Rs 50,000 Crore worth project to be implemented in a mission mode campaign in 125 days in 116 Districts of 6 States

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday 20 June launched ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ – a massive employment-cum-rural public works Campaign to empower and provide livelihood opportunities in areas and villages witnessing the return of a large number of migrant workers affected by the devastating COVID-19. 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.

Prime Minister interacted through remote video conferencing with the villagers of Telihar in the Khagaria District of Bihar from where the Prime Minister Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan was formally launched.

The Prime Minister inquired of the migrants their current state of employment and also whether the various welfare schemes launched during the Lockdown period were available to them.

Modi expressed satisfaction after his interaction and pointed out how rural India stood its ground in the fight against COVID-19 and how it is providing an inspiration to the whole country and the world in this moment of crisis.

The PM said that both the Center and the State Governments were concerned about the welfare of the poor and the migrants.

The Prime Minister said the Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Campaign itself was launched with a 1.75 Lakh Crore package under PM Garib Kalyan Yojana.

Modi said the Central and State Government also ran special Shramik Express Trains for the migrant labour who wished to return homes.

The PM termed this day as a historic day as a massive campaign kickstarted for the welfare of the poor, for their employment.

The Prime Minister announced that an amount of Rs 50,000 Crores would be spent for building durable rural infrastructure under the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan. He said 25 work areas have been identified for employment in villages, for 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.

The Prime Minister said that the 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. Hence the laying of fibre cable and provision of internet are also made a part of the Abhiyan.

These works will be done while staying in his own village, while staying with his family.

The Prime Minister said that Self-Reliant (Aatma Nirbhar) 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.

This Abhiyaan of 125 days, will be implemented in mission mode and 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. Public works to be undertaken during this campaign will have a resource envelope of Rs. 50,000 crores.

The Abhiyaan will be a convergent effort between 12 different Ministries/Departments, namely; Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Road Transport & Highways, Mines, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Environment, Railways, Petroleum & Natural Gas, New & Renewable Energy, Border Roads, Telecom and Agriculture, to expedite implementation of 25 public infrastructure works and works relating to augmentation of livelihood opportunities.

The Ministry of Rural Development is the nodal Ministry for this campaign and the campaign will be implemented in close coordination with the State Governments. Central Nodal Officers of the rank of Joint Secretary and above will be appointed to oversee the effective and timely implementation of various schemes in the identified districts.

List of states, where the GKRA will be undertaken:

S. No.State Name#DistrictsAspirational Districts
2Uttar Pradesh315
3Madhya Pradesh244
Total Districts11627

The list of 25 works & activities targeted to be taken up on priority are mentioned in the following table:

S.No.Work/ ActivityS.No.Work/ Activity
1Construction of Community sanitation centre (CSC)14Construction of cattle sheds
2Construction of Gram Panchayat Bhawan15Construction of poultry sheds
3Works under 14th FC funds16Construction of Goat Shed
4Construction of National Highway works17Construction of Vermi-compost structures
5Water conservation & Harvesting works18Railway
6Construction of Wells19RURBAN
7Plantation works20PM Kusum
8Horticulture21Bharat Net
9Construction of Anganwadi Centers22CAMPA plantation
10Construction of rural housing works23PM Urja Ganga Project
11Rural connectivity works24KVK training for Livelihoods
12Solid and liquid waste management works25District Mineral Foundation Trust (DMFT) works
13Construction of farm ponds 

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