Asserting that for the first time internet is being used in villages, PM Modi said, "Work towards increasing internet speeds, laying of fibre cables will be undertaken".
Under the scheme, the basket of a wide variety of works will ensure that each migrant worker is able to get an opportunity of employment according to his skill in the coming 125 days, it said, adding that the programme will also prepare for expansion and development of livelihoods over a longer term.
The Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan (GKRA) scheme was launched by Modi over a video conference at Khagaria district's Telihar village in Bihar in the presence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. "The way villages have fought coronavirus has taught a big lesson to cities".
The chief ministers of Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, and a minister of Odisha aslo attended the launch ceremony.
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Beginning his address the Prime Minister said that every Bihari is proud of the valour shown by the personnel of 16 Bihar regiment in the violent face-off with Chinese troops which took place on June 15-16 in Ladakh.
Sitharaman said the government had conducted the skill-mapping of workers. These include 27 "Aspirational Districts". The Abhiyaan is being introduced through the coordinated effort of 12 different Ministries and 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.
These districts are estimated to cover about two-thirds of the migrant workers in the country who were destabilised during the lockdown. For instance, makhana in Bihar, amla and mango in Uttar Pradesh, chilli in Madhya Pradesh and Odisha and Jharkhand have forest produce. This scheme has been inspired by migrant workers. It will involve intensified and focused implementation of 25 different types of works to provide jobs and create infrastructure in the rural regions of the country with a resource envelope of Rs 50,000 crore, the PMO office had said.
Migrant laborer Md. Amin says that the lockdown did not provide work for months in Mumbai, and is now happy to work in the village and live with the family.