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Odisha CM Announces Special Package For Economic Empowerment Of Migrant Workers

15 January 2020

Debashish Maharana

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today announced a special package to bring in improvement in the economic condition and livelihood of migrant labourers in four migration-prone districts.

The districts are Bargarh, Bolangir, Nuapada and Kalahandi .

In addition to creation of large scale employment opportunities for migrant workers in their respective areas, the special package will be helpful in speedier payment of wages, getting education and bettering lifestyles.

To ensure safety and welfare of Odia migrant workers in other States, Patnaik also inaugurated e-Shramik Samadhan, functioning of 24X7 Shramik Sahayata Helpline.

Highlights of the package are:

1. Provision of 100 days more work with enhanced wages in 20 vulnerable blocks in Bargarh, Bolangir, Nuapada and Kalahandi districts under MGNREGA.Besides, their daily wage has also been increased to Rs 286.30 per day from the existing Rs 188.

2. A State-level corpus fund of Rs 500 crore has been constituted by the State government for glitch-free payment of wages to the labourers within the stipulated time period.

3. Under the Odisha Livelihood Mission, all gram panchayats in the 20 blocks in the four aforementioned districts will be considered as 'Intensive GP'.

4. Arrangements have been made to include every family in these panchayats in Self Help Groups.

5. SHGs and their members will be provided with financial assistance from the Community Investment Fund (CIF) and Vulnerability Reduction Fund (VRF).

6. A person seeking assistance for secured livelihood and empowerment can apply to the BDO of his/her area for assistance from VRF.

7. Steps are being taken to insure all members of the SHGs.

8. In order to improve the financial prosperity of the migrant labourers and provide them with banking facilities identified members of the SHGs will be appointed as 'Bank Mitras' (banking correspondents).

9. Eligible youth in the age group of 18-35 years will be given vocational and job-oriented training through ORMAS.

10. Eligible families in the 20 blocks of the aforementioned districts will be provided with 'pucca' houses.

Among others, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Minister Pratap Jena, Labour and Employees State Insurance Minister Susanta Singh, Odisha Building & Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board Chairperson Subash Singh and senior government officials attended the meeting.

Naveen Patnaik, Chief Minister, Odisha

Subash Singh, Chairperson, Odisha Building & Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board

Bidyadhar Sahoo, Labourer