PM to launch ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ on Jun 20

New Delhi (NVI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ on Saturday in six states to boost livelihood opportunities in rural India for returnee migrants and rural citizens.

“Government of India has decided to launch a massive rural public works scheme ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ to empower and provide livelihood opportunities to the returnee migrant workers and rural citizens,” a statement by Prime Minister’s office read.

The welfare scheme would be launched by PM Narendra Modi on June 20 at 11 am through video conferencing in presence of the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar. The Abhiyaan will be launched from Village Telihar of Khagaria District of Bihar.

Further, the Chief Ministers of five other States and Union Ministers of concerned Ministries will also participate in the virtual launch. The villages across 116 districts in the six states will join this programme through the Common Service Centres and Krishi Vigyan Kendras, maintaining the norms of social distancing in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This campaign of 125 days, which will work in mission mode, will involve intensified and focused implementation of 25 different types of works to provide employment to the migrant workers on one hand and create infrastructure in the rural regions of the country on the other hand, with a resource envelope of Rs 50,000 crore”, the PMO said.

A total of 116 Districts with more than 25,000 returnee migrant workers across six states, namely Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha have been chosen for the campaign which includes 27 Aspirational Districts.

The campaign would be a coordinated effort between 12 ministries and departments including Road Transport & Highways, Rural Development, Petroleum & Natural Gas, Railways, Telecom, Agriculture, New & Renewable Energy, Border Roads, Drinking Water & Sanitation, PMO said.

-RJV/ARK