New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a mega rural public works scheme, the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, to create jobs for migrant workers who have returned home during the coronavirus lockdown.
He launched the scheme worth Rs 50,000 crore via video conferencing to help boost livelihood and generate employment opportunities in rural India. Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar and deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi were also present during the launch.
Chief Ministers of other five states and Union Ministers of concerned ministries participated in the virtual launch from Telihar village in Khagaria district of Bihar.
PM said that this scheme is inspired by the migrant workers and labourers who had earlier contributed to the development of cities would now be provided jobs nearer to their hometowns and villages.
The ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ will run for 125 days in 116 districts across six states – Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha and Rajasthan.
The scheme 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.
During the event, the Prime Minister also spoke to migrant workers from different parts of the country to ask them about difficulties they faced during the lockdown.