Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Saturday that the West Bengal government has not shared the data on returning migrant laborers with the Center and did not include any district in the state as a beneficiary under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyan (PMGKRA) can be done.
She was answering a question by Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary in the Lok Sabha.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched PMGKRA for migrant laborers returning to their villages during a coronovirus-induced lockdown. The scheme was launched on June 20 this year and will be effective for 125 days.”
The minister said that 116 districts spread across six states – Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan are benefiting from this scheme.
“The districts were selected on the basis of the return of at least 25,000 migrant laborers in the respective districts by May 30,” he said.
“After the launch of PMGKRA, it was sought to include more districts from Tripura and Chhattisgarh, but it was not entertained. In the case of West Bengal, no data was shared by the state government, then the state. How can districts be included. ” The state government also refused to allow migrant laborers in West Bengal in some cases under the scheme.
The scheme was launched to provide employment opportunities in rural areas for migrant workers.