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Rajasthan’s new urban employment scheme should be implemented across nation: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Monday that the Rajasthan government’s new urban employment guarantee scheme should be implemented across the nation.

Rahul Gandhi (Photo: File)

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Facebook on Monday night to hail the Rajasthan government’s new scheme to tackle urban unemployment. He said the scheme, called the Indira Gandhi Shahari Rozgar Yojana, should be implemented across the nation.

“Just as the Congress brought MGNREGA [Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act] in 2005 to provide employment to the poor in villages, Rajasthan’s Congress-led government has brought the Indira Gandhi Shahari Rozgar Yojana to tackle increasing unemployment in the cities. Needy families in cities will be provided 100 days of guaranteed employment per year,” Rahul Gandhi wrote.

He added, “We [Congress] will continue to raise and solve important issued faced by people of the country. This scheme should be implemented not only in Rajasthan but in the whole country.”

Rahul Gandhi said that unemployment in the country is at record levels at the present and has caused suffering in both rural and urban areas. “More than 45 crore people have given up hope of getting jobs,” he wrote in Hindi.

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On Sunday, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot approved new guidelines for the implementation of ‘Indira Gandhi Shahari Rozgar Yojana’.

The scheme was announced by Gehlot in the 2022-23 budget to provide employment in urban areas on the lines of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).

Under the new urban employment scheme, 100 days of employment per year will be provided to the families residing in urban areas. The state government will spend Rs 800 crore per year on this ambitious scheme, an official statement said.

According to the new guidelines, in the scheme, the people in the age group of 18 to 60 years residing in the local body area will be registered on the basis of Jan Aadhaar card.

The work will be approved and executed through committees at the state and district levels under the scheme, the statement said.

(With inputs from PTI)


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