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New Delhi : The Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA), launched to boost employment and livelihood opportunities for migrant workers returning to villages and similarly affected citizens in rural areas in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak, is now empowering villagers with livelihood opportunities in 116 districts of six states.

The Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan is taking action on mission mode to provide employment to migrant workers who have returned to their native villages in these 6 states namely Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, and Uttar Pradesh.

By the sixth week itself, a total of about 17 crore mandays employment has been provided and Rs 13,240 crore has been spent so far in the of pursuit of objectives of the abhiyaan. A large number of structures have been created under GKRA so far including 62,532 water conservation structures, 1.74 lakh rural houses, 14,872 cattleshed, 8,963 form ponds, 2,222 Community Sanitary Complex, 5,909 works  taken up through District Mineral Funds, 564 Gram Panchayat provided internet connectivity, 16,124 candidates provided skill training through Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) during the abhiyaan, according to a PIB release.

The abhiyaan’s success so far can be seen as due to convergent efforts of 12 Ministries/ Departments and State Governments, which are giving higher quantum of benefits to the migrant workers and rural communities.