PM Launches Employment Scheme for Migrant Workers From Poll-Bound Bihar

The scheme is for six states which contribute the most migrant workers. It will not operate in Bengal, from where a significant number of men and women migrate for work.

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched an employment scheme for migrant workers, saying that during lockdown the talent from cities returned to villages and it will now give a boost to development in rural areas.

Launching the ‘Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan’, Modi said there are some people who might not appreciate efforts of villagers in the fight against coronavirus but he applauds them for their efforts. The way villages have fought coronavirus has taught a big lesson to the cities, he added.

Talent has returned from cities during the lockdown, those whose labour and skills were behind the rapid growth of cities will now boost the development of villages with the help of this scheme, he said.

Underlining that migrant workers were always in Centre’s thoughts during the lockdown, the prime minister said it is an endeavour of his government that workers get jobs near their home and help in the development of villages.

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Talking about infrastructure development of villages with the help of this scheme, Modi said that for the first time Internet was being used more in villages than in cities and now work to increase the speed of Internet was being undertaken.

At the beginning of his speech, Modi paid homage to soldiers of Bihar regiment who lost their lives in a violent clash at LAC in eastern Ladakh.

The ‘Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan’ was launched by Modi via video conference in Katihar village in Bihar in the presence of chief ministers of five states Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and a minister of Odisha.

The scheme will work in a mission mode in 116 districts across these six states where the maximum number of the migrant workers have returned.

Earlier, when asked why West Bengal was not included in this initiative, Rural Development Secretary N.N. Sinha said when the programme was drawn up, the state did not provide the number of migrants who had returned.