Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched the “Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan” – a programme to generate employment opportunities in rural India for migrant workers returning home amid the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown.
“Today is a historic day, a scheme for the welfare and for the livelihood of the poor has been started. My labourer friends, the country understands your emotions and your needs. ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’, starting from Bihar, is a major tool to fulfil this need and emotion,” said PM Modi.
Migrants will be provided jobs near their homes. So far, you were using your talents for progress of cities. Now you will help in developing your villages, neighbourhoods,” he said, adding the scheme had been “inspired by migrants”.
The programme seeks to create infrastructure worth Rs 50,000 crore through public works that support job creation in the rural parts of the country.
The launch was attended by Narendra Singh Tomar, the Union Minister for Rural Development and the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh (Yogi Adityanath), Bihar (Nitish Kumar), Madhya Pradesh (Shivraj Singh Chouhan) and Rajasthan (Ashok Gehlot).