Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday launched the government’s flagship scheme for urban employment — the Indira Gandhi Shehari Rojgar Yojana — terming it ‘historic’.
Along with cabinet minister for Local Self Government (LSG) Shanti Dhariwal, Gehlot undertook a symbolic renovation at Khaniyon ki Baori (step-well) in Jaipur and interacted with beneficiaries under the scheme; the LSG is the implementing department for the scheme.
From Khaniyon ki Baori, the CM proceeded to Ambedkar Bhawan for the launch programme.
Five women beneficiaries were also given job cards on the occasion.
People in the 18 to 60 age group are eligible for the scheme.
To register for it, a Janaadhar card or its registration slip is required. Registrations can be done at e-Mitra centres. The government has allocated Rs 800 crore for the scheme, which was announced by the chief minister during this year’s state budget.
The renovation work at Khaniyon ki Baori comes under the water conservation works of the scheme. Other works include environmental conservation such as tree plantation in public places, maintenance of parks; cleanliness and sanitation-related works such as solid waste management, labour work including door-to-door garbage collection and segregation; works related to defacement of property such as removing encroachments, as well as illegal boards/hoardings/banners, etc.
Another category is convergence, wherein people can be employed in other centre or state level schemes, already having a material component, and which require labour work.
Other works include labour work at gaushalas and ‘multi task services’ at offices of civic bodies, record keeping, etc. heritage conservation and miscellaneous works, such as those related to security/fencing/boundary wall/guarding of urban civic bodies and public lands, etc.
Mainly, labour-based works have been included and the same will be prioritised. Hence, the ratio of cost of material to payment for labour work of ‘general nature’ will be in the ratio of 25:75, while for special works, it will be 75:25.
The chief minister said the MGNREGA was started during the UPA government at the Centre for employment in rural areas, which had a positive outcome and when the employment crisis increased during the Covid 19 pandemic, the MGNREGA proved to be a boon.
“Keeping this in mind, the historic decision to start an employment guarantee scheme for urban areas was announced in the budget,” he said.
LSG minister Shanti Dhariwal said nearly 40,000 people got the work on the first day, more than 4 lakh people have applied for registration, and job cards have been issued to 2.50 lakh people.
Jaipur Heritage Municipal Corporation Mayor Munesh Gurjar, local MLAs Rafek Khan and Amin Kagzi, the chairperson of Social Welfare Board, Archana Sharma, were also present on the occasion.