To empower and to create jobs for the migrant labourers who returned to their home state during lockdown, Indian Prime Minister Modi launched Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan, an employment scheme for migrant workers, saying that during lockdown the talent from cities returned to villages and it will now give a boost to development in the rural areas.
Modi said there are some people who might not appreciate efforts of villagers in the fight against coronavirus but he applauds them for their efforts. The way villages have fought coronavirus has taught a big lesson to the cities, he said.
Underlining that migrant workers were always in Centre’s thoughts during the lockdown, the prime minister said it is an endeavour of his government that workers get jobs near their home and help in development of villages.
Talking about infrastructure development of villages with the help of this scheme, Modi said that for the first time Internet was being used more in villages than in cities and now work to increase the speed of Internet was being undertaken.
The ‘Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan’ was launched by Modi via video conference in Katihar village in Bihar in the presence of chief ministers of five states Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and a minister of Odisha. The scheme will work in a mission mode in 116 districts across the country.
Under the campaign lasting 125 days, 25,000 migrant from 116 districts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha have been selected. These districts will participate in the programme through krishi vigyan kendra following the rules of social distance. As per the plan, 25 different types of work will be provided for the migrant workers. Rs.50 thousand crore has been allocated for this scheme.