Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan Launched

Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan Launched

  1. Introduction
  2. Objectives
  3. Highlights of the scheme
  4. Coverage
  5. Duration
  6. Intended beneficiaries
  7. Focus works
  8. Implementation of scheme
  9. Significance


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the mega ‘Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan’ aimed to boost livelihood opportunities in rural India amid the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.


The objectives of this 125 days Abhiyaan, with a resource envelop of Rs. 50,000 Crore are:

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

Highlights of the scheme

  • The first priority of the scheme is to meet the immediate requirement of workers who have gone back to their districts by providing them with livelihood opportunities.
  • The focus is also on rural citizens.


  • A total of 116 Districts with more than 25,000 returnee migrant workers across six States, namely Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha have been chosen for the campaign which includes 27 Aspirational Districts.
  • These districts are estimated to cover about 2/3 of such migrant workers.

Duration of the scheme

Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA) will be operational for a period of 125 days, commencing from 20th June, 2020.

Intended Beneficiaries

Returnee migrant workers and similarly affected rural population of 6 States namely Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Focus on 25 Works

  • Abhiyaan involves intensified and focused implementation of 25 target driven works to provide employments and create infrastructure in the rural areas of 116 Abhiyaan Districts with a resource envelope of Rs 50,000 crore.

Following is the list of 25 works & activities from participating Ministries/Departments.

  • Community Sanitary Complexes
  • Gram Panchayat Bhawans
  • Works under Finance Commission funds
  • National Highway works
  • Water conservation & Harvesting works
  • Wells
  • Plantation works (including CAMPA Funds)
  • Horticulture
  • Anganwadi Centers
  • Rural housing works (PMAY-G)
  • Rural connectivity works (PMGSY)& Border road works
  • Railway works
  • Shyama Prasad Mukherjee RURBAN Mission
  • PM KUSUM works
  • Laying of Optic Fiber under Bharat Net
  • Works under Jal Jeevan Mission
  • PM Urja Ganga Project
  • Training through KVK for Livelihoods
  • Works through District Mineral Fund
  • Solid and liquid waste management works
  • Farm ponds
  • Cattle sheds
  • Goat Sheds
  • Poultry sheds
  • Vermicomposting

Implementation of the scheme

The scheme will be a coordinated effort by 12 different ministries including rural development, Panchayati Raj, Road transport and highways, mines, drinking water and sanitation, environment, railways, petroleum and natural gas, new and renewable energy, border Roads, Telecom and agriculture.

Why these 6 states were chosen?

  • Post-COVID-19 lockdown, maximum migrant workers have returned to these six states.
  • These districts are estimated to cover about 2/3 of such migrant workers.
  • The chosen districts include 27 aspirational districts.

Significance of the scheme

  • The jobs selected in the campaign will enable proper utilisation of the strength and skill of people.
  • It will also enable the government to convert Covid crisis into an opportunity.
  • The campaign will contribute towards provision of modern facilities, such as internet connectivity, laying of optic fibre cables, to increase internet speed in villages, so that children in villages are able to study and learn like those in cities.