Indian Railways generates about 10 lakh mandays of work till 18 Sept under Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan

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As many as 12,276 workers have been engaged in this scheme and the payment of Rs 2,056.97 crore has been released to the contractors for the projects

The Indian Railways generated 9,79,557 mandays of work till 18 September 2020 under Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan (GKRA) in 6 states namely Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal said that the government was closely monitoring the progress made in these projects and generation of work opportunities for the migrant labours of these states under this scheme. As many as 164 railway infrastructure projects are being executed in these states, he said.

As many as 12,276 workers have been engaged in this scheme and the payment of Rs 2,056.97 crore has been released to the contractors for the projects being implemented, he said.

The railway has appointed nodal officers in each district as well as in the states so that a close coordination is established with the state government.

Railway identified several works which are being executed under this scheme. The works are related to construction and maintenance of approach roads for level crossings, development and cleaning of silted waterways, trenches and drains along the track and construction and maintenance of approach road to railway stations. The works also comprised repair and widening of existing railway embankments /cuttings, plantation of trees at extreme boundary of railway land and protection works of existing embankments/cuttings/bridges.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in June this year launched a massive employment -cum- rural public works scheme GKRA to empower and provide livelihood opportunities in places including villages witnessing large number of migrant workers who lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Modi announced that an amount of Rs 50,000 crore would be spent for building durable rural infrastructure under the campaign.

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