PM Modi flags off massive scheme for rural poor, returnee migrant workers


Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a massive rural public works scheme, Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhimaan,  in six states. The campaign spreading over  125 days will be implemented on a mission mode to provide employment opportunities to the migrant workers and create infrastructure in the rural regions of the country. The scheme entails a resource envelope of 50,000 crore rupees. A total of 116 Districts with more than 25,000 returnee migrant workers across  Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha have been identified for the campaign which includes 27 Aspirational Districts. These districts are estimated to cover about two-thirds of such migrant workers. The Prime Minister flagged off the campaign through video conference on Saturday, June 20 from village Telihar in Bihar’s Khagaria district in the Presence of Bihar  Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, his counterparts from other states and several Union Ministers. The campaign will be operationalized through the Common Service Centres and Krishi Vigyan Kendras in the districts. The Abhiyaan is being introduced through the coordinated effort of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Road Transport & Highways, Mines, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Environment, Railways, Petroleum & Natural Gas, New & Renewable Energy, Border Roads, Telecom and Agriculture and other ministries and departments.

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