Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the "Garib Kalyan Rozgar Abhiyaan" to generate employment opportunities in rural India and help find jobs for the lakhs of labourers returning home during the coronavirus lockdown.
The Prime Minister on Saturday morning unveiled the programme from Khagaria district in poll-bound Bihar via a video conference, reported NDTV.
He said, "It had been inspired by (the) migrant workers whose heart-breaking attempts to travel home during the lockdown made headlines and led to criticism of the government."
"Migrants will be provided jobs near their homes. So far, you were using your talent for the progress of the cities. Now you will help in the development of your villages, your neighbourhoods," PM Modi said.
"Today, this scheme is being launched from Bihar's Khagaria. We aim to help people get livelihoods near their homes," PM Modi said. "This scheme has been inspired by migrant workers," he added.
The Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan programme includes the creation of infrastructure through public works worth Rs50,000 crore.