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Funds For Panchayat Bhawan

With a view to providing employment to persons in rural areas as per their skill sets and also to strengthen community infrastructure to enable Gram Panchyats(GP)s to effectively meet the challenges, the Union Government has decided to fund setting up of Gram Panchayat Bhawans.

Secretary Ministry of Panchayati Raj Sunil Kumar has informed the State Government about making 14th Finance Commission Grants available with Gram Panchayats and about receipt of 15th Finance Commission Grants to GPs during 2020-21.

According to available information over 60,000 Gram Panchayats are not having GP Bhawans.

These GPs will be able engage the skilled migrant laborers for setting up Panhcyat Bhawans and  provide these skilled laborers job opportunities.

Further, the Government is utilizing schools and colleges as isolation and quarantine centers. But these educational institutions will open in August and cannot be used as quarantine centers.

The Gram Panchayat Bhawans, in such a situation,  will serve the purpose of quarantine centers as Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) is likely to continue for some more months, experts feel.

The Gram Panchayat Bhawans will cost Rs.20 Lakh and it has been decided to fund it from FFC and MGNREGS Funds.

The experts advise that as more and more migrants are reaching the State, a dedicated study group is needed to be constituted on exploring the economic opportunities for migrant laborers.

Further, the impact of influx of migrants on the state’s economy is needed to be studied, experts advise.

A Database of migrant laborers is needed to be complied. Skill Proofing of the workers, past working experience, and other information is needed to be collected, so that they will be provided job opportunities befitting their skill sets, officials say.

Notably, a majority of the migrant laborers, who have returned to State in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic are seeking job opportunities in the villages, but are unable to get proper scope to use their skills in rural zones.

They are finding it difficult to earn their livelihood despite being cleared from the quarantine centres across the state.

Most of these skilled migrant laborers are reluctant to work as unskilled laborers on Mahatma Gandhi NREGS work sites, said officials.

A sample of skill mapping of migrant labourers under taken by Union Government reveals that most of the migrant workers are having skills relating to construction industry which is yet to be opened up to its potential.

According to these officials, construction works under Public works, Rural Development, Water Resources, Urban Development sectors have potential for generating employment opportunities and these should be resumed at the earliest.
 


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