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INDIAN RAILWAYS GENERATES WORK UNDER GKRA


Focus: GS-II Social Justice

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Indian Railways has generated more than 5.5 lakhs mandays of work under Gareeb Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan in 6 States viz. Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (PM – GKRA)

  • The Government of India launched the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA) initiative to tackle the impact of COVID-19 on shramik (migrant) workers in India.
  • It is a rural public works scheme which was launched on 20 June 2020 with an initial funding of ₹50,000 crore
  • GKRA aims to give 125 days of employment to 670,000 migrant workers, approximately two-third of the total migrant labourer force that has gone back to rural areas.
  • The scheme covers 116 districts in six states, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha and Jharkhand.
  • The Abhiyaan will be a coordinated effort between 12 different Ministries/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.         
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