Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik inaugurated e-Shramik Samadhan for labourers across the state at a special function in Jaydev Bhavan here on Wednesday.
Besides, the Odisha CM also announced special packages for migrant labourers in 20 blocks of four districts.
The state government has taken innovative steps through a State Action Plan not only to prevent distress migration in 11 affected districts of Odisha but has ensured the safety and welfare of Odia migrant workers in other States.
Odisha today opened a new Chapter in strengthening the workforce across the state and reduce distress migration.
The convergence with other departments especially with Panchayati Raj and DW department has paid the way for an action plan to be initiated in 477 GPs of 20 blocks in the districts of Bolangir, Bargarh, Kalahandi and Nuapada.
The State Action Plan for Migrant Workers through its various components namely Shramik Sahayata Tollfree helpline, Migration Support & Resource Centres in four districts, Odisha Migrant Labour Help desk in three States and Seasonal Hostels for children of migrant workers in four migration prone districts. These are mechanisms for the immediate rescue of distressed migrant workers and provide them a sense of confidence among them.
Besides, collaboration with Tata Trusts and National Law University has been made which has led to a survey of 30 GPs in three blocks of Bolangir and Nuapada. This has now been extended to an additional 70 GPs in four blocks of Bolangir and Nuapada.
The announcements of the special declaration by the Chief Minister are:
Employment under MGNREGA will be allowed for 200 days in a year in 20 vulnerable blocks in four districts namely Bargarh, Bolangir, Nuapada and Kalahandi. Rs 286.30/- (Unskilled Workers) as wage under MGREGA roll be given.
State Corpus Fund of Rs 500 crore has been created to ensure timely and uninterrupted payment under MGNREGA.
All GPs in these 20 Blocks will be covered as intensive GPs under Odisha Livelihoods Mission. Each family in these areas will be brought under SHG fold. Financial assistance from Community Investment Fund (CIF) and Vulnerability Reduction Fund (VRF) will be extended to these SHGs. Any person in distress can approach the local BDO for availing assistance from Vulnerability Reduction Fund (VRF).
All SHG members will be covered under Insurance Identified SHGs in these 20 Blocks. These will be declared as Banking correspondent in order to make availability of cash to the distress migrant workers. One eligible youth from every household (18 to 35 years) will be covered under the Placement Linked Skill Development Programme
All eligible households will be provided with pucca houses.
A drive will be undertaken for all eligible construction workers for their registration under Odisha Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board and will be given marriage assistance, pension, education assistance and pucca houses along with other admissible benefits.
Deployment of Shramik Mitra (Focal point for migrant workers in the GP) will be done for all GPs in 20 blocks.
District level MIS and Central database at the state level will be in place to track migrant workers and ensure linkage with welfare schemes. A comprehensive communication strategy will be prepared for behavior change communication in these areas.
The initiatives for ensuring livelihood, employment linked skill development and asset creation will go a long way in helping the migrant workers, especially in mitigating distress migration.