Centre to provide jobs to migrants workers by pooling projects
The scheme will be targeted towards workers with some skill sets
The Central government will provide jobs to over six million migrant workers in six states by bringing together various government schemes.
The Centre will front-load Rs 50,000 crore of funds for the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, which will focus on migrant workers who had returned to their villages after a nationwide lockdown was enforced in March-end 2020 to contain the spread of Coronavirus.
The scheme will be targeted towards workers with some skill sets and cover 25 areas of work in 116 districts over the next 125 days.
The scheme will be formally launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 20 June 2020 through video conferencing from Bihar’s Khagaria district. The scheme will encompass various schemes of the government which will be rolled out in districts with high influx of migrant workers.
The key aspect of the scheme is convergence and the fact that there will be front-loading of money for activities. It will be focused on districts with a large migrant population and result in asset creation in a short period of time.
The six states which had the highest influx of migrants who have settled in their districts were: Bihar (32), Uttar Pradesh (31), Madhya Pradesh (24), Rajasthan (22), Odisha (four) and Jharkhand (three). These states had 116 districts, each with at least 25,000 returning migrant workers who will benefit from the plan.
These districts had around 6.7 million migrant workers, and account for two-thirds of returnee workers.
The money will go towards construction of national highways and rural road connectivity, construction of wells, plantation, railway activities, community sanitation complex, horticulture, farm ponds, cattle sheds, among others. The Krishi Vigyan Kendras in villages will also help in imparting skills to the workers. The workers will be paid according to the stipulated minimum wage in the respective schemes of the government.