Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan will provide employment to migrants : Tomar


New Delhi, (UNI)

Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar on Friday said the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan will provide gainful employment for four months to lakhs of skilled workers, who have returned to their native places because of the COVID-19 lockdown.

The GKRA is the massive employment generation-cum-rural infrastructure creation programme of the Government, which was inaugurated on June 20 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with the objective of providing employment to returnee migrant workers at their native places for the next four months, because of the situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mr Tomar on Friday launched the web portal of the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan through video-conferencing from New Delhi.

The Union Minister said that MGNREGA, with an allocation of Rs 1,01,500 crore during the current financial year, is the greatest employment generator for unskilled persons.

In accordance with the Prime Minister's concerns to provide employment to lakhs of skilled workers, who have returned to their native places because of the lockdown, the scheme was launched with a funding of Rs 50,000 crore, for which the Ministry of Rural Development is the nodal Ministry, working in close coordination with 12 other ministries of the Government for 25 categories of works, which are to be completed in the identified districts in 125 days, he added.

He said these ongoing works, which were progressing at a normal pace as per schedule, have now been fast-tracked to transform the challenge presented by the pandemic into an opportunity, to create infrastructure in rural areas in short duration.

Mr Tomar expressed happiness at the launch of the portal, which besides providing information to the public about the various district-wise and scheme-wise components of the Abhiyaan, will also help to monitor the progress of completion of works being undertaken with a fund outlay of Rs 50,000 crore in 116 districts of six states, housing more than 25000 returnee migrant workers per district.

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