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Himachal Pradesh Launches MMSAGY for Urban Workforce

Hitul Awasthi
Hitul Awasthi

Himachal Pradesh government is taking all necessary steps to control the spread of COVID-19. When lakhs of people who lost their jobs, they were finding it hard to sustain their livelihood and were eager to return to their homeland, the Himachal Pradesh government took every step to bring back all the Himachali’s stranded in other states.

The State Government brought 1,40,104 people back to the State through various provisions till 25th May 2020. To facilitate the movement of the people of Himachal Pradesh stranded in distant places, the Union Government also ran special trains on the request of the State Government. Besides this, the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses were also sent to different states. 

Mukhya Mantri Shahri Ajeevika Guarantee Yojana (MMSAGY) –  

As many as 1.40 lakh people have already come back to the state, so the state government has decided to tap the potential of these professional people which will boost the working force of the state. Mukhya Mantri Shahri Ajeevika Guarantee Yojana (MMSAGY) was launched to enhance livelihood security in urban areas by providing 120 days of guaranteed wage employment to every household in 2020-21 FY. The scheme will be implemented in all the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Cantonment Boards (CBs) in Himachal Pradesh.  

Himachal Pradesh government is taking all necessary steps to control the spread of COVID-19. When lakhs of people who lost their jobs, they were finding it hard to sustain their livelihood and were eager to return to their homeland, the Himachal Pradesh government took every step to bring back all the Himachali’s stranded in other states.

The State Government brought back 1,40,104 people back to the State through various provisions till 25th May 2020. To facilitate the movement of the people of Himachal Pradesh stranded in distant places, the Union Government also ran special trains on the request of the State Government. Besides this, the Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses were also sent to different states. 

Mukhya Mantri Shahri Ajeevika Guarantee Yojana (MMSAGY) –  

As many as 1.40 lakh people have already come back to the state, so the state government has decided to tap potential of these professional people which will boost the working force of the state. Mukhya Mantri Shahri Ajeevika Guarantee Yojana (MMSAGY) was launched to enhance livelihood security in urban areas by providing 120 days of guaranteed wage employment to every household in 2020-21 FY. The scheme will be implemented in all the Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and Cantonment Boards (CBs) in Himachal Pradesh.

MMSAGY will also facilitate skill enhancement of persons engaged in waged labour jobs to provide them better livelihood opportunities, to set up their own enterprises as well as subsidy linked credit linkages and to strengthen urban infrastructure and provisioning of quality civic amenities in the ULBs.

Upper age limit to provide employment will be 65 years: 

All adult members of the household can register and are eligible to work. They should be residing within the jurisdiction of the ULB and willing to do unskilled work at projects being executed or in sanitation services provided by the ULBs.

The eligible beneficiary skilled under this scheme will be facilitated to apply for loans under Deen Dyal Antodaya-National Urban Livelihood Mission (DAY-NULM). Beneficiaries will be issued a job card within seven days of registration. Employment will be given to the eligible beneficiary within 15 days of registration otherwise an employment allowance of Rs. 75 per day will be paid by the ULBs.  

Equal wages will be for both male and female workers: 

Equal wages are to be paid to both male and female workers. Wages will be directly deposited in the bank account of eligible beneficiaries by the ULBs on fortnightly basis not later than seven days after completion of 15 days of employment.

The eligible beneficiary will be provided skill training under DAY-NULM with the minimum wage as notified by the government up to a maximum of four weeks after doing wage employment of under MMSAGY.  

The eligible beneficiary, who was provided skill training will be linked to the bank under the Self Employment Programme (SEP) of DAY-NULM.

The beneficiaries will be employed in any ongoing or new admissible work under any state government and central government scheme under Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016, and Swachh Bharat Mission. 

The scheme for loans for working capital requirements with interest subvention for the tourism sector will also be prepared by the Tourism Department. 

This scheme will make coming home safer than going, enabling people to stay at their home state in order to keep everyone safer. This initiative advocates for ways to make the best of the situation and reminds us that we can turn restrictive measures into something that brings us together.

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