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State extends job scheme to cities

mumbai Updated: Jun 18, 2011 01:28 IST
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If you are living in a big city and don’t have any means of livelihood, the state government would provide you with jobs for at least 200 days every year.

Alarmed by the lack of job opportunities in the urban areas, the state government is planning to extend its employment guarantee scheme to cities and towns.

Currently, the scheme works only in the rural and semi-urban areas.

Employment guarantee scheme minister Nitin Raut told a media conference on Friday that his department would soon appoint a study group to identify urban sectors in which employment could be guaranteed for a certain number of days annually.

Together with its own scheme and the Centre-sponsored national rural employment guarantee scheme, the state government ensures 200 days of jobs to people.

The Centre adopted the state’s pioneering employment scheme five years ago for implementation across the country. The state scheme which was started in 1972 has a provision for including urban areas as well. This is for the first time that it will extend to municipal corporation areas like Mumbai and Thane.

“In cities like Mumbai and Nagpur, neither skilled nor unskilled people get jobs easily. We will appoint the study group to finds ways of providing some relief,” said Raut.

Currently, the scheme gives a daily wage of Rs137 per person. The scheme has been amended to give more money if an employee is willing to work more. At some places, even skilled workers are put on job.

Employment is provided for jobs like construction of roads and pavements, farm ponds and nurseries. Raut said that the state would try and get at least Rs4,000 crore from the Centre as grants of the Centre’s scheme. The state government provides on its own for the days that are not covered in the Centre’s scheme. This year, the number of job seekers has grown to 6.43 lakh since last November.