A New Rural: FM Sitharaman shares details of 50,000-crore public work scheme for migrants

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has shared the details of PM Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan today via a press conference. 

“The 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 Prime Minister’s office said.

The Centre will frontload Rs 50,000 crore into 25 schemes that will be brought together under the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan to provide employment to migrant workers across 116 districts in the country who returned home during the lockdown, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said Thursday.

“We want to frontload money allotted for these 25 works. Workers will get their work. Assets will be created. Objective of rural development will be filled,” she said.

“Everyone who needs an assignment in these 116 districts will be given work under Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, broad estimated expenditure for the scheme is Rs 50,000 crore, the money allotted for this will be front-loaded, ” Sitharaman said.

The 116 districts are spread across Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Rajasthan

“The central and state governments have meticulously mapped the skill sets of the migrant workers who have returned in large numbers to the 116 districts in 6 states,” Sitharaman said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be launching the scheme on June 20 to empower and provide livelihood opportunities to migrant workers who returned to their home states during the coronavirus lockdown.

Some of the key points during the conference include:

  • It will involve intensified and focused implementation of 25 different types of works to provide jobs and create infrastructure in the rural regions of the country with a resource envelope of Rs 50,000 crore.
  • The scheme will be 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.
  • Everyone who needs an assignment in these 116 districts will be given work under this campaign.
  • Activities which are otherwise spread over 6 months to 1 year are being front-loaded, so that there is no dearth of funds to execute the works during the 125 days.
  • The first priority of our campaign is to meet the immediate requirement of workers who have gone back to their districts, by providing them livelihood opportunities, that is why so many different schemes with a rural component have been included.
  • 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.
  • The programme will be launched from village Telihar, Block Beldaur of Khagaria district of Bihar.

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