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 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.
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.
- Community Sanitary Complexes
- Gram Panchayat Bhawans
- Works under Finance Commission funds
- National Highway works
- Water conservation & Harvesting works
- Plantation works (including CAMPA Funds)
- 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