Lucknow: Less than a month after it was rolled out in Uttar Pradesh by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the ambitious Gareeb Kalyan Rozgar Scheme (GKRS) has generated jobs of 3 crore man-days under various categories, particularly among migrants who returned home during the lockdown.
Rural development department records till July 23 show that against a target of 10.2crore man-days till October 22, the state government managed to generate jobs of 2.9 crore man-days in the first month, achieving 29% target in 31 districts of UP. Nationally, the scheme is being implemented in 116 districts in six states. The state government chose those districts which received more than 25,000 migrants following the pandemic-induced lockdown.
GKRS also entails providing jobs under Mahatma Gandhi National Employee Guarantee Scheme (MNREGS). UP’s additional commissioner, MNREGS, Yogesh Kumar said implementation of the scheme was on track and would meet its target by the October 22 deadline.
Against a projected spend of Rs 2,800 crore, the state government spent Rs 1,045 crore in 11 sectors, records show. The biggest headway was made in four sectors — digging wells, vermicomposting, horticulture and solid and liquid water management (SLWM).
In the first category, the state government achieved 10 times the target by digging 152 wells. In horticulture, the rural development department met more than 11 times the target, while in solid and liquid water management, the government wrapped it up by meeting four times the target. In vermicomposting, the state government achieved a target of 144%.
However, progress is relatively slow in construction of cattle sheds. Against a target of 22,001, the rural development department could complete only 6800 sheds. Same was the case with construction of ponds in farms, where against a target of 4,008, the state government could dig 691 farms ponds only, which was 17% of the target.
The progress was reasonable in construction of goat sheds, where 1,889 sheds were constructed against a target of 5,600. Similarly, the rural development department managed to set up 624 anganwadi centres against a target of 1436.