Over the last year, millions have lost their jobs to the shutdowns caused by the pandemic. The coronavirus has either led to people dying off the infection or of starvation as they could not bring food to the table for themselves or their families. While all this was happening, the governments felt helpless as attempts at reviving industries were failing one after the other.

As the situation around the world slights inches towards the old normal, industries find themselves having a chance at redemption and generating employment. The State government of Odisha has also initiated a scheme – the Odisha Mukta Scheme – to invigorate employment generation attempts.

About the Mukta Scheme

In order to provide employment opportunities to the poor who have suffered unimaginable circumstances over the last couple of months, the Odisha government has launched the Mukhyamantri Karma Tatpara Abhiyan (now retitled to the Mukta Scheme). The government has launched an urban wage employment initiative in order to generate employment opportunities during the covid-19 lockdown.

Under this scheme, there will be several projects undertaken so as to offer means of earning a livelihood to urban locals who have been unemployed for around a year now. These activities include stormwater drainage, rainwater harvesting, green cover, increased sanitation, creation of community centres, and several similar initiatives.

The scheme and its implementation would be funded by the state government from its own budget allocation.

Objective of the scheme

The prime objective of the scheme is to offer employment to the urban poor. Through the implementation of the scheme, the livelihood vulnerabilities of the urban poor will reduce including those of the migrant labourers and informal workers from the unorganized sector. The scheme will also look to accomplish women empowerment and empowerment of self-help groups and there will also be initiatives taken to increase slum development in several parts of Odisha.

There will also be a wager feature which will deposit the amount directly into the bank account of the beneficiary through the direct benefit transfer method.

What activities will be largely undertaken under the Mukta Scheme?

The following activities will be actively pursued by the Mukta Scheme:

  • Peripheral development around the water bodies
  • Sound sanitation and hygiene efforts
  • Increasing green cover across the state
  • Creation of community centres
  • Drainage of stormwater whenever the calamity arises
  • Rainwater harvesting units

In conclusion

With unemployment at an all-time rise, the national economy has taken a severe hit. Not only are people left with no income, but they have also had to wipe out their savings as well, thereby putting their future plans in danger and putting people at a deficit even after having worked pretty hard for all this while.

With the scheme in effect, people in Odisha now have a hope of reviving their finances. They will now have enough money to meet their basic needs and also invest accordingly in their future which will finally break the circle of poverty in the state that has lingered on there for decades now.


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