New Delhi | Jagran Business Desk: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced that the migrant workers, who are returning to their native villages, will get MGNREGA support.

Addressing a press conference, the Finance Minister said that the central government has permitted the states to utilise SDRF for setting up shelter for migrants and providing them food and water etc.  

"We have already generated 14.62 crore person-days of work till 13th May, which is 40-50 per cent more persons enrolled as compared to last May. Migrant workers going back to their states being actively enrolled," Sitharaman said.

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Sitharaman also said that eight crore migrant workers will get five kgs of grains and one kg of pulses free for two months. Rs 3,500 crore will be spent on this intervention for two months, said Sitharaman while adding that the cost will be fully borne by the central government.

States/UTs are advised to provide work to migrant workers as per the Act. Planning is on for continuing MNREGA works in monsoon as well as plantations, horticulture, livestock related sheds, the Finance Minister said.

Also to benefit of migrant workers, the government plans to allow inter-state portability of ration cards under public distribution system (PDS) so as to allow them to use their cards anywhere to get benefit.

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Sitharaman, during the press briefing, reiterated that the government is committed to the welfare of migrant workers. She emphasised that the entire food grain intervention for the migrants will be borne by the Centre.

"The cost will be fully borne by the government of India. State governments would be responsible for the implementation and identification of migrants through guidelines", added Sitharaman.

She said under MNREGA support for migrants, 14.62 crore person-days of work generated till May 13 and actual expenditure to date is around Rs 10,000 crore.

The Finance Minister on Thursday unveiled the second tranche of the central government's Rs 20 lakh crore economic stimulus package.

She said that nine annoucements that were made on Thursday will provide relief to the street venders, migrants, small farmers and tribals who are hit hard by coronavirus pandemic in the country.

(With IANS inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma