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Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel cries foul over exclusion from Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan

NEW DELHI: Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel demanded inclusion of his state in Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan, the Modi authorities’s rural employment technology scheme for migrant labourers who’ve returned dwelling.

MOdi had launched the Rs 50,000-crore scheme on Saturday which might cowl 116 districts throughout six states of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Odisha. The migrant labourers can be supplied 125 days of labor. Baghel has cried foul over Chhattisgarh being excluded from the scheme. In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Baghel has written, “States included in the scheme Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Odisha are neighbouring states but Chhattisgarh has been left out. These states are similar to Chhattisgarh in geography, economic and social conditions.”

Baghel has identified that 5 lakh migrant labourers have already returned to Chhattisgarh and the influx has not stopped. “Migrant labourers have returned to their home states as employment avenues have shift in places where they had gone for jobs,” he has written including that the whole nation has been adversely affected by Covid-19.

Three fourths of the state is extraordinarily backward, the chief minister has identified. “About 90 per cent of the total population of Chhattisgarh depends on agriculture and labour work for livelihood comprising unorganised sector, agricultural labourers and marginalised farmers. Bastar and Sarguja division of Chhattisgarh are tribal-dominated and there are also 10 aspirational districts in the state,” Baghel has written. The Chief Minister requested that every one the districts of Chhattisgarh be instantly included within the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan to facilitate employment and self-employment of all migrant labourers of the state could have alternatives to earn a dwelling based on their curiosity and abilities.

The authorities has not included Trinamool Congress-ruled West Bengal both within the scheme. When this was identified in a press convention, addressed by finance minister NIrmala Sitharaman on Friday, rural improvement secretary Nagendra Nath Sinha had mentioned, “If the state government sends a request to be included in the scheme, it would be considered.”

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