Coronavirus: PM Modi launches Rs 50,000 crore employment guarantee scheme for migrants

Coronavirus: PM Modi launches Rs 50,000 crore employment guarantee scheme for migrants

Modi will launch the 125-day-long campaign for migrant labourers at the Telihar village in Bihar's Khagaria district through a video-link from Delhi, and will interact with a few of the 470-odd workers who have returned to this village.

Anganwadi centres, Rural roads, rural housing, Railway works, RURBAN Mission in rural areas which are taking shape of urban areas, solar pumpset, laying of fibre optic cables, jal jeevan are other various works included in the 25 public works.

The government is also looking at setting up industries enabled by the local products in various districts and states to enable local employment and development.

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.

Mr. Modi said, the government is making every effort so that people do not have to take loans from anyone while living in the villages during this corona pandemic crisis.

The Prime Minister in his speech credited workers for giving him the idea of starting this scheme.

Talent has returned from cities during the lockdown, those whose labour and skills were behind the rapid growth of cities will now boost development of villages with the help of this scheme, he said. "The way villages have fought coronavirus has taught a big lesson to cities".

Modi said the workers, who had earlier contributed to the development of cities, will now be given jobs closer to home. The amount will be spent on "building durable rural infrastructure". He said, for self reliant India, self reliant farmers are equally important and by keeping this in mind, the government has abolished several discriminatory laws in the past few days. Now things have changed, he said.

Modi also paid homage to soldiers of the Bihar regiment who lost their lives at the LAC in eastern Ladakh.

Villages across 116 districts in the six states will join this programme through the Common Service Centres and Krishi Vigyan Kendras. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) ensures 100 days of employment per household in a year.

Within 125 days, for 116 districts, almost 25 schemes of the government will be brought together under the scheme. Later it could be extended, the officials said.

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