Railway generates more than 10 lakh mandays of employment under Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan

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Till September 25, as many as 12,276 workers have been engaged in this Abhiyaan and the payment of Rs 2,190.7 crore has been released

Indian Railways has generated 10,66,246 mandays of work till September 25 under Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan in 6 States namely Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Minister of Railways and Commerce and 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. As many as 164 railway infrastructure projects are being executed in these states.

Till September 25, as many as 12,276 workers have been engaged in this Abhiyaan and the payment of Rs 2,190.7 crore has been released to the contractors for the projects being implemented.

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 has identified several works which are being executed under this scheme.

Accordingly, construction and maintenance of approach roads for level crossings, development and 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 and protection works of existing embankments/cuttings/bridges are underway.

It may be noted that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a massive employment -cum-rural public works campaign named Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan to empower and provide livelihood opportunities in areas/villages witnessing large number of returnee migrant workers affected by the devastating COVID-19 on June 20.

The prime minister announced that an amount of Rs 50,000 crore would be spent for building durable rural infrastructure under the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan.

This campaign 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 is being undertaken during this campaign will have a resource envelope of Rs. 50,000 crore.

The drive is a convergent effort between 12 different ministries/departments, namely, 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, to expedite implementation of 25 public infrastructure works and works relating to augmentation of livelihood opportunities.

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