The Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA) initiative was launched by the Government of India. The scheme was launched to tackle the impact of COVID-19 on shramik (migrant) workers in India.

GKRA: Aims

GKRA aims to give 125 days of employment to 670,000 migrant workers, This is approximately two-thirds 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 scheme is a joint effort by 12 different Ministries/Departments and covers 25 categories of works/ activities. It also aims in:

  • Provide livelihood opportunities to returning migrants and similarly affected rural citizens
  • Saturate villages with public infrastructure – Anganwadis, Panchayat Bhawans, Community Sanitary Complexes etc.
  • Set the stage for enhancing longer-term livelihood opportunities.

GKRA: Focus

Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA) involves intensified and focused implementation of 25 target driven works. Following is the list of 25 works & activities from participating Ministries/Departments.

  1. Community Sanitary Complexes
  2. Gram Panchayat Bhawans
  3. Works under Finance Commission funds
  4. National Highway works
  5. Water conservation & Harvesting works
  6. Wells
  7. Plantation works (including CAMPA Funds)
  8. Horticulture
  9. Anganwadi Centers
  10. Rural housing works (PMAY-G)
  11. Rural connectivity works (PMGSY)& Border road works
  12. Railway works
  13. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee RURBAN Mission
  14. PM KUSUM works
  15. Laying of Optic Fiber under Bharat Net
  16. Works under Jal Jeevan Mission
  17. PM Urja Ganga Project
  18. Training through KVK for Livelihoods
  19. Works through District Mineral Fund
  20. Solid and liquid waste management works
  21. Farm ponds
  22. Cattle sheds
  23. Goat Sheds
  24. Poultry sheds
  25. Vermi-composting

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