PM Modi to Launch Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan for Rural India

Narendra Modi speaking about COVID-19 through video conference in New Delhi on March 24, 2020. Photo: PIB
Narendra Modi speaking about COVID-19 through video conference in New Delhi on March 24, 2020. Photo: PIB

The Government of India has decided to launch a rural public works scheme ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ to provide livelihood opportunities to the returnee migrant workers and rural citizens.

PM Narendra Modi will launch this Abhiyaan (campaign) on 20th June, 2020 at 11 am through Video-Conference in the presence of the Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar.

The Abhiyaan will be launched from Village – Telihar, Block- Beldaur of Khagaria District of Bihar. Further, the Chief Ministers of other five 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.

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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. These districts are estimated to cover about two-third of such migrant workers.

The Abhiyaan will be a coordinated effort between 12 different Ministries / Departments, namely, Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Road Transport & Highways, Mines, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Environment, Railways, Petroleum & Natural Gas, New & Renewable Energy, Border Roads, Telecom, and Agriculture.

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