Indian Railways has generated more than 5.5 lakhs mandays of work under the Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan in Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, the railways ministry said in an announcement on Sunday.
It said railways minister Piyush Goyal is intently monitoring the progress of these tasks and technology of work alternatives for the migrant labours of these states under this scheme.
“Around 165 railway infrastructure projects are being executed in these states worth Rs 2,988 crore. Till August 14, 2020, 11,296 workers have been engaged in this Abhiyaan and the payment of Rs 1,336.84 crore has been released to the contractors for the projects being implemented,” the assertion said.
The railways has appointed nodal officers in every district in addition to in the states to determine a detailed coordination with the state governments.
It said Goyal has directed railway administration at zonal degree to behave proactively to make sure migrants are engaged in tasks and paid accordingly.
The railways has recognized a quantity of works that are being executed under this scheme. “The works are related to (i) construction and maintenance of approach roads for level crossings, (ii) development & cleaning of silted waterways, trenches and drains along the track, (iii) construction and maintenance of approach road to railway stations, (iv) repair and widening of existing railway embankments / cuttings, (v) plantation of trees at extreme boundary of railway land and (vi) protection works of existing embankments/ cuttings/bridges,” it said.
On June 20, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan to empower and supply livelihood alternatives in areas/villages the place a big quantity of migrant employees had returned through the lockdown amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Prime Minister introduced that an quantity of Rs 50,000 crore could be spent for constructing sturdy rural infrastructure under the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan.
The scheme which is for 125 days, is being undertaken in mission mode, and entails targeted implementation of 25 classes of works/ actions in 116 districts, every with a big focus of returnee migrant employees 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 crore,” the Railways said.
The scheme is a convergent effort involving 12 totally different ministries and departments to expedite implementation of 25 public infrastructure works and works referring to augmentation of livelihood alternatives.