These people received the assistance, which was announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
on March 26 to protect them from the impact of the lockdown
due to Covid-19, via digital payment infrastructure.
Earlier, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
on Thursday said the government will provide jobs to over 6 million migrant workers in six states by bringing together various government schemes.
The six states which had the highest influx of migrants who have “settled” in their districts were: Bihar (32 districts), Uttar Pradesh (31), Madhya Pradesh (24), Rajasthan (22), Odisha (4) and Jharkhand (3). These states had 116 districts, each with at least 25,000 returning migrant workers who will benefit from the plan.
The money will go towards construction of national highways and rural road connectivity, construction of wells, plantation, railway activities, community sanitation complex, horticulture, farm ponds, cattle sheds, among others. The Krishi Vigyan Kendras in villages will also help in imparting skills to the workers. The workers will be paid according to the stipulated minimum wage in the respective schemes of the government.