Indian PM Narendra Modi launches new scheme worth Rs 50,000 Crore to create jobs for migrants: Here are the Key Points

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Indian PM Narendra Modi recently launched a Rs 50,000 crore employment scheme for migrant workers who have returned to their home states amid the Coronavirus-triggered lockdown.

The massive employment-cum-rural public works campaign was launched through video-conference.

“Today is a historic day, a scheme for the welfare and livelihood of the poor has been started. My labourer friends, the country understands your emotions and needs. ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’, starting from Bihar, is a major tool to fulfil this need and emotion,” PM Modi said.

Key Points

• The scheme would empower and provide livelihood opportunities to the returnee migrant workers and rural citizens who have returned to their home states.

• The campaign will work in mission mode for 125 days with an outlay of Rs. 50,000 crore.

• A total of 116 districts across six states namely:
– Bihar
– Uttar Pradesh
– Madhya Pradesh
– Rajasthan
– Jharkhand
– Odisha have been selected for the campaign.

•  It would involve intensified and focused implementation of 25 different types of works to provide employment to the migrant workers as well as create infrastructure in the country’s rural regions.

• The workers will help build:
– Gram Panchayat Bhawans
– Anganwadi Centres
– National Highway works
– Railway Works
– Water Conservation Projects, among others across 6 states.

• 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
– Agriculture in order to expedite implementation of 25 public infrastructure works and works relating to augmentation of livelihood opportunities.

• The villages will join this programme through the Common Service Centres and Krishi Vigyan Kendras.

• The Indian Ministry of Rural Development is the nodal Ministry for this campaign.

• This campaign would be implemented in close coordination with the state governments.