PM Narendra Modi launches ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’: Key points


PM Modi speaking at the launch of ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ (File photo: ANI)

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched the mega ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ aimed to boost livelihood opportunities in rural India amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.
In a curtain raiser event 2 days ago, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Rs 50,000-crore employment scheme will provide income support to migrant workers who returned to their native states during the lockdown period. It will primarily focus on six states to where maximum migrant workers have returned.
Here are the key points from PM Modi’s address:
* The ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ campaign is for our ‘shramik’ workers who returned to their villages during the lockdown. They want to put their skills to use and contribute to the development of their villages.
* The jobs selected in the campaign will enable proper utilisation of the strength and skill of our people, it will enable us to convert Covid crisis into an opportunity.
* For first time, internet is being used more in villages. We will undertake work for raising internet speed, laying of fibre cables in villages.
* We started the One Nation, One Ration card scheme so that workers can obtain foodgrain from any part of the country with ease.
* The migrant workers will be able to get employment near their homes through this campaign.
* We have enabled farmers to chose and sell their produce to the seller of their choice, depending upon where he obtains the best price.
* The Centre understands the self-respect of a rural worker, we will make sure that no one in villages needs to depend on borrowings during this period.
* Some migrant workers who were quarantined in a government school decided to utilise their skills and time during the quarantine period. They painted the entire school and made it a lively place. This was my motivation to launch the ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’.
* The ‘Abhiyaan’ will be of immense help to women’s self help groups, we have a lot to learn from villages, I salute you for enabling our people to fight with Covid.
* The Centre understands the self-respect of a rural worker, we will make sure that no one in villages needs to depend on borrowings during this period.
* Coronavirus pandemic has shaken the entire world but the way our villages have fought this situation is a lesson for people in urban areas too.
* When Covid started to spread, the effort of the government has been to provide support to people at the place where they were; despite such a big crisis that shook the world, our people faced it bravely.
* The population in our villages is more than the total population of countries like Australia, US, Russia taken together. The manner in which they have curbed the spread of the virus is commendable.
* I will always heep praises on the villagers and I salute them for their efforts in fighting this situation.
* A new and unique testing machine has been launched in Patna which will enable testing of about 1,500 people at a time. I congratulate Bihar for this new development.

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