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Make villages shine now: PM at launch of job scheme for poor

Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan

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In News:

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, a skill-based employment scheme aimed primarily at migrant workers who have returned to their villages to escape the Covid lockdown distress.

Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan

About: Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA)

  • A total of 116 districts (including 27 aspirational districts) across Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha have been chosen for the campaign.
  • The jobs selected in the campaign will enable proper utilization of the strength and skill of the people and will enable the country to convert Covid crisis into an opportunity.

Convergence of various ministries:

  • The Ministry of Rural Development is the nodal Ministry for the campaign and the campaign will be implemented in close coordination with the State Governments.
  • 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.

Scheme details:

  • The mission mode campaign will involve intensified and focused implementation of 25 different types of works to provide employment to migrant workers on one hand and create infrastructure in the rural regions of the country.
  • It will aim to provide each migrant worker an opportunity of employment according to his/her skill, in the coming 125 days.
  • The program will also prepare for expansion and development of livelihoods over a longer term.
  • Rs 50,000 crore will be spent on the campaign to enable migrant workers to perform public works such as rural houses, drinking water and sanitation, rural roads, community toilets, panchayat bhawans etc.
  • The campaign will also contribute towards provision of modern facilities, such as internet connectivity, laying of optic fibre cables, to increase internet speed in villages, so that children in villages are able to study and learn like those in cities.

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