Modi launches Rs. 50,000 crore employment scheme for migrant workers

Modi launches Rs. 50,000 crore employment scheme for migrant workers

Modi launches Rs. 50,000 crore employment scheme for migrant workers

Amid the ongoing standoff with China, Prime Minister Narendra Modi once again on Saturday paid homage to the 20 fallen soldiers who lost their lives in Galwan Valley skirmish with the Chinese army on June 15.

The chief ministers of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, and a minister of Odisha aslo attended the launch ceremony. This scheme will focus on durable rural infrastructure and providing modern facilities like Internet in the villages, he said.

"The majority of these include those who have returned to their villages during the lockdown, they want to develop their village through their efforts and skill", Modi said at the launch of the event.

After Modi flagging off the Abhiyan from village Telihar in Bihar's Khagaria district via video-conferencing, Modi said that the country was proud of the sacrifice made by "our braves" in Ladakh.

The prime minister said he got the idea for the scheme from a group of migrant workers, trained in white washing, who repaired and painted a government school in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh as a thank you gesture.

In Jharkhand, three aspirational districts of Hazaribagh, Godda and Giridih out of the 116 selected districts have been covered under the Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyaan Rozgaar Abhiyaan inaugurated online today by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The mission will be a convergent effort between 12 different ministries/ departments such as Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Road Transport and Highways, Mines, Drinking Water and Sanitation, Environment, Railways, Petroleum and Natural Gas, New and Renewable Energy, Border Roads, Telecom, and Agriculture.

Villages across 116 districts in the six states will join this programme through the Common Service Centres and Krishi Vigyan Kendras.

The campaign of 125 days will be implemented on mission mode.

He said the Centre and all the state governments had prioritised welfare of migrant workers upended by the lockdown.

The entire nation is bearing the brunt of COVID-19 pandemic and labourers are the most affected due to the crisis, and, so far, over 5 lakh migrant labourers have returned to Chhattisgarh, he said.

The six states witnessed a large number of migrant workers returning home after losing employment in urban areas elsewhere.

Migrant laborer Md. Amin says that the lockdown did not provide work for months in Mumbai, and is now happy to work in the village and live with the family.

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