Ravi S Singh
Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 1
Construction of water conservation structures and rural houses for the poor have emerged as the nerve centre of Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA) launched by the Centre in June this year.
These works have emerged as lodestar among various works under the scheme by providing the largest number of employment to migrant workers of six states where it is being implemented.
The GKRA initiative was launched by the Union Government on June 20 with express commitment to tackle the impact of COVID-19 on migrant workers in six states namely, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha and Jharkhand.
The rural public works scheme aims to give 125 days of employment to 6,70,000 migrant workers, approximately two-thirds of the total migrant labourer force that has returned to rural areas due to the pandemic.
As many as 116 districts in these six states were identified for the scheme’s implementation.
As many as 1,14,344 water conservation units and 3,65,075 rural houses are among the structures created as assets under the scheme.
The other structures created include 27,446 cattle sheds, 19,527 farm ponds, and 10,446 community sanitary complexes.
The official version is that 30 crore man-days employment have been provided in all, and more than Rs 27,000 crore spent so far in the pursuit of objectives of the GKRA.
“The implementation of the GKRA will be intensified,” said an official of the Rural Development Ministry, which is the nodal authority regarding its implementation.
As many as 6,727 works have been taken up through district mineral funds, 1,662 gram panchayats have been provided Internet connectivity, besides, a total of 17,508 works related to solid and liquid waste management undertaken.
The official further said 54,455 candidates had been provided skill training through Krishi Vigyan Kendras during the Abhiyaan.
The ontology of the scheme has been modeled on convergence of efforts and domain expertise of 12 different ministries, and covers 25 categories of works.