Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Thursday that all migrant workers in need will be given a job under the government’s Garib Kalyan Rojgar initiative. The Finance Minister was addressing a curtain raiser of the launch of the Garib Kalyan Rojgar programme, aimed at creating employment in rural parts of the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan through video conferencing on Saturday, June 20. Under the programme, the government will conduct campaigns in 116 districts in six states – Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha – for a period of 125 days to help migrant workers, having returned home on account of the countrywide lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan programme includes the creation of infrastructure through public works worth Rs 50,000 crore to support job creation in rural India.
Here are the highlights of what Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said:
- Curtain raiser to the launch of Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan, which aims to provide meaningful livelihood to migrant workers affected by COVID-19 lockdown
- PM Modi to launch Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan from District Khagaria, Bihar on June 20
- All of us are aware that workers from all over the country wanted to go back to their villages
- Central, state governments made arrangements to facilitate their journey to return home
- Details on Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan to be given in presentation
- Migrant workers’ skills have been mapped
- Skills will be used in public works over next four months
- Everyone in need will be given a job under Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan