Indian Railways ask zones to generate employment for migrants

Maligaon, June 25 (MExN): The Indian Railways Ministry on June 24 announced that it will generate 8 lakh man-days of employment for the migrant workers in various infrastructure projects that are worth Rs 1,800 crore in the next 125 days.

According to a press release from NFR CPRO Subhanan Chanda, the Railway Ministry reviewed the progress of Garib Kalyan Rojgaar Abhiyaan with Railway PSUs and Zonal Railways through a virtual meeting. The ministry also instructed the zonal railways to accelerate the execution of ongoing infrastructure works in 116 districts across 6 states that have been selected under the Abhiyaan.

As per the Ministry, around 160 infrastructure works have been identified that are required to be accelerated. These works will engage thousands of workers and will roughly generate 8 lakh man-days of employment till the end of October 2020.


Generating employment for migrants:

While addressing the review meeting, Vinod Kumar Yadav, Railway Board Chairman, has directed the zonal railways to appoint nodal officers in each district and in the states so that close coordination will be established with the state governments as well.

The Railway Board chairman also directed the Railway Administration at the Zonal level to act proactively to ensure that the migrant workers are engaged in projects and have been getting paid accordingly.

All Zonal Railways have also been instructed to get the sanction of proposed works under MGNREGS. Zonal Railways would be monitoring the works on a daily basis and submit a report to Ministry every Friday till the end of Oct 2020.