JORHAT, May 5 - State Minister for Panchayat and Rural Development Naba Kumar Doley today announced at Majuli island that the government will provide employment under MGNREGA projects to youths who returned to Assam from diffrent parts of the country leaving their jobs due to Covid-19 threat.
Doley, accompanied by Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah, arrived in Majuli today and held a meeting with senior district administration officials, and officials of several government departments at the Deputy Commissioner�s office at Garmur and reviewed the situation in view of the third phase of lockdown commencing from Monday.
A Majuli district administration official told this newspaper this evening that the Minister in the review meeting disclosed that the Government through the Panchayat and Rural development has decided to provide employment to youths who returned to the State from various of India due to Covid-19 threat situation.
Doley said that those people who came back to the State leaving their jobs in view of Covid-19 threat situation could apply for jobcards to be employed in works under MGNREGA projects, the official informed.
The Minister said that youths who returned home from outside the State leaving jobs could apply to their respective gaon panchayats seeking jobcards and within 15 days of submission of their applications the applicants will receive jobcards, the Minister said in the meeting, the official informed.
The official stated that Doley said after getting jobcards the applicants will have to apply for work to respective Gram Rojgar assistant or panchayat secretary and then is expected to be employed in work within 15 days of submitting application.
The jobcard holders will get 100 days of employment and receive payment in their bank accounts after completion of 15 days period each, the Minister stated, adding that the amount of daily wage presently was Rs 213.
Doley, however, said that the said initiative will not be carried out in containment zones.