The state government of Jharkhand is likely to become the 2nd state after Kerala in the country to launch a job guarantee scheme that will be on the lines of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). The scheme unlike MNREGA (which focuses on providing a 100-day job for the Rural poor), will focus on providing 100-day work for the unskilled workers living in the urban areas of the state.
The scheme aimed to enhance the livelihood security for the urban poor will be named Mukhyamantri SHRAMIK YOJNA(Shahri Rozgar Manjuri For Kamgar). The scheme is awaiting approval of the state cabinet. Job Guarantee Scheme for Urban Poor to be launched by Jharkhand Government
Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme (AUEGS) is the 100-day employment guarantee scheme of the Kerala Government for urban poor.
How the Scheme will be different from MNREGA?
On 21st June 2020, the Urban Development Secretary of Jharkhand has informed the media that the scheme will also have a provision under for unemployment allowance. This allowance will only be applicable when if a local body fails to provide a job within 15 days to the unskilled worker.
The daily wages have not been fixed but sources told ET that it would be commensurate with the urban wage rate. The state government would also provide skill training to such workers under the urban livelihood mission.
A special software is being prepared to link all the state government departments starting from Urban wards and municipalities to Nigam areas through a Management Information System to keep a track on available man-days.
As per information provided in media, for the first 30 days a beneficiary of the scheme will be entitled to 1/4th of the wages as unemployment allowance, while if the local body fails to provide job during the next 30 days then the beneficiary will be provided with half of the total 100 days work wage entitled. Job Guarantee Scheme for Urban Poor to be launched by Jharkhand Government