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Railways to undertake Rs 1,800 cr projects under Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan

Thursday, 25 Jun 2020
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The Ministry of Railways reviewed the progress of Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan with Zonal Railways and Railway PSUs on 24 June 2020.

The Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan is in operation in 116 identified districts of six states -- Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Jharkhand.

Zonal Railways has been tasked to appoint nodal officers in each district as well as in the states so that a close coordination is established with the state government. The railway administration at zonal level will act proactively to ensure migrants’ are engaged in projects and paid accordingly.

Zonal Railways has been instructed to expedite execution of all ongoing infrastructure works in these identified districts. Around 160 infrastructure works have been identified which are to be expedited.

These will engage thousands of workers and roughly generate eight lakh man days of employment by the end of October 2020. Approximately Rs 1,800 crore will be spent in these districts.

The Railways has also identified a number of railway works which can be executed through Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

The works are related to (i) construction and maintenance of approach roads for level crossings (ii) development and cleaning of silted waterways, trenches and drains along the track (iii) construction and maintenance of approach road to railway stations (iv) repair and widening of the existing railway embankments/cuttings (v) plantation of trees at extreme boundary of railway land and (vi) protection works of the existing embankments/cuttings/bridges.

Zonal Railways has also been instructed to get sanction of proposed works under MGNREGS. The Railways will be monitoring the works on daily basis and submit report to the Ministry every Friday till the end of October 2020.

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