The Indian Railways has generated more than 640,000 man-days of work under the Gareeb Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan in six states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
Piyush Goyal, Minister of Railways & Commerce and Industry is closely monitoring the progress made in these projects and the generation of work opportunities for the migrant workers of these states under this scheme. Around 165 railway infrastructure projects worth Rs 29.88 billion are presently under execution in these states. Till August 21, 12,276 workers were engaged under the programme and the payment of Rs 14.10 billion was released to the contractors for the projects being implemented.
The Railways has appointed nodal officers in each district as well as in the states for close coordination with the state governments. Goyal has directed the railway administration at the zonal level to act proactively to ensure that migrants are engaged in projects and paid accordingly.
Railway has identified several works to be executed under this scheme. The works are related to construction and maintenance of approach roads for level crossings, development and cleaning of silted waterways, trenches and drains along the track, construction and maintenance of approach road to railway stations, repair and widening of existing railway embankments and cuttings, plantation of trees at the extreme boundary of railway land and protection works of existing embankments, cuttings and bridges.