More than 6.4 lakh mandays of work generated by Indian Railways till 21 August 2020 under Gareeb Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan

Indian Railways has generated more than 6,40,000 mandays of work till 21 August, 2020 under Gareeb Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan. Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry is closely monitoring the progress made in these projects and generation of work opportunities for the migrant labours of these states under this scheme.

  • Around 165 Railway infrastructure projects are being executed in 6 States viz. Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. .
  • 12,276 workers have been engaged in this Abhiyaan till 21 August, 2020 and the payment of Rs 1,410.35 crores has been released to the contractors for the projects being implemented. 
  • Nodal officers have been appointed by railways in each district as well as in the States so that a close coordination is established with the State Government.
  • Railway has identified various railway works which are being executed under this scheme.
  • The works are related to:
    • Construction and maintenance of approach roads for level crossings.
    • Development & cleaning of silted waterways, trenches and drains along the track.
    • Construction and maintenance of approach road to railway stations.
    • Repair and widening of existing railway embankments/cuttings.
    • Plantation of trees at extreme boundary of railway land.
    • Protection works of existing embankments/cuttings/bridges.

About Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan:

  • In June this year, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched a massive employment-cum-rural public works campaign ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ to empower and provide livelihood opportunities in areas/villages witnessing large numbers of returnee migrant workers affected by the devastating COVID-19. 
  • The Prime Minister announced that an amount of Rs 50,000 crores would be spent for building durable rural infrastructure under this Abhiyaan.
  • This Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan of 125 days, is being undertaken in mission mode, and involves focused implementation of 25 categories of works/ activities in 116 districts, each with a large concentration of returnee migrant workers in 6 states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha.
  • Public works being undertaken during this campaign will have a resource envelope of Rs. 50,000 crores.

Convergent efforts by Ministries/Departments:

The Abhiyaan is a convergent effort between 12 different Ministries/Departments, namely; Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Road Transport & Highways, Mines, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Environment, Railways, Petroleum & Natural Gas, New & Renewable Energy, Border Roads, Telecom and Agriculture, to expedite implementation of 25 public infrastructure works and works relating to augmentation of livelihood opportunities.

Source: PIB-Press Release