Govt solving migrant labourer problem: Labour Minister
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 14:16
New Delhi: Government on Wednesday claimed that the problem of migrant labourers is being solved gradually through several Bharat Nirman schemes and rural job guarantee programme, NREGA.

Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said in Rajya Sabha during Question Hour that schemes like NREGA, which provides 100 days of guaranteed employment to the rural poor, and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) along with other Bharat Nirman schemes have been beneficial for labourers.

"NREGA and PMGSY have helped in reducing the numbers of migrant labourers in the country as employment is being provided to them in their own villages," he said.

The minister said government is keen on helping migrant workers and has formed a taskforce in this regard.

Kharge said as far as number of migrants from Bangladesh was concerned, 4,000 valid visas have been issued and the number could be much more due to illegal immigration. "I will find out the actual figure from the Home Ministry," he said.

When Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Prakash Javadekar (both BJP) wanted to know how states like Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra could have 1.2 crore, 1.01 crore and 2.07 crore migrant workers, Kharge said the figures were based on 2001 census.


First Published: Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 14:16

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