Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday stated that West Bengal authorities didn’t share knowledge of returning migrant labourers with the Centre and no district of the state might be included as a beneficiary beneath the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan (PMGKRA).
She was answering a question by Congress chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi initiated PMGKRA for migrant labourers who got here again to their villages in the course of the coronavirus-induced lockdown. This scheme was launched on June 20 this 12 months and will likely be efficient for 125 days,” she stated.
The minister stated 116 districts unfold throughout six states – Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are benefiting from this scheme.
“The number of the districts was made on the idea of the return of at the least 25,000 migrant labourers to the involved districts by Might 30,” she stated.
“After the launch of PMGKRA, there have been calls for from Tripura and Chhattisgarh to incorporate extra districts however it was not entertained. Within the case of West Bengal, there was no knowledge shared by the state authorities then how might the districts of the state be included within the scheme. The state authorities additionally denied entry to the migrant labourers in West Bengal in sure circumstances,” she added.
The scheme was launched to offer employment alternatives in rural areas for migrant employees.