Prime Minister Narendra Modi launching Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan through video conferencing

New Delhi: In a bid to boost livelihood opportunities in rural India after millions of migrant workers returned home amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA).

A Rs 50,000 crore programme, GKRA is a focused campaign which will run for 125 days across 116 districts in six states, said Modi while launching it via video call from Khagaria in Bihar.

Stating that the scheme has been inspired by migrant workers, Modi said, “We aim to help people get livelihoods near their homes.”

“Migrants will be provided jobs near their homes. So far, you were using your talent for the progress of the cities. Now you will help in the development of your villages, your neighborhoods,” added the Prime Minister.

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He said 25 work areas have been identified for employment in villages, for development of various works. These 25 works or projects are related to meet the needs of the villages like rural housing for the poor, Plantations, provision of drinking water through Jal Jeevan mission, Panchayat Bhavans, community toilets, rural mandis, rural roads, other infrastructure like Cattle Sheds, Anganwadi Bhavans etc.

Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan will cover 116 districts across Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhan and Odisha.

After the lockdown, around three million workers have returned to Bihat, which is the largest in terms of reverse migration in India.

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