Tamil Nadu will implement an urban employment scheme along the lines of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) at a cost of ₹100 crore to improve the livelihood of urban poor. The state government has issued orders in this regard.
The objective of the programme is to provide employment to the urban poor, who lost their jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A committee headed by former RBI Governor C Rangarajan had also recommended that the Tamil Nadu government start an employment scheme in urban areas in the wake of the pandemic.
Areas Where Pilot Project Will Be Implemented
The scheme will be implemented in two zones in the Greater Chennai Corporation, one zone each in 14 municipal corporations, one municipality each in seven regions and one town panchayat each in 37 districts on a pilot basis.
"In the current year, it will be implemented in two zones in Greater Chennai Corporation, one zone each in other Municipal Corporations, one municipality each in under the seven Regional Directorate of Municipal Administration and one town panchayat each in 37 districts," The Hindu quoted Minister for Municipal Administration, Urban and Water Supply KN Nehru as saying to the Assembly earlier.
Madurai, Trichy, Coimbatore, Vellore, Tirupur, Salem, Dindigul, Tirunelveli, Erode, Nagercoil, Thanjavur, Thoothukudi, Hosur and Avadi in the Chennai city suburbs are among the municipal corporations selected for the pilot project.
One municipality each from Chengalpattu near Chennai city, Vellore, Salem, Tiruppur, Thanjavur, Madurai and Tirunelveli have also been selected for the pilot project.
The 37 town panchayats where the scheme will be implemented are— Uthiramerur (Kancheepuram), Edaikazhinadu (Chengalpattu), Podhaturpet (Tiruvallur), Pallikonda (Vellore), Alangayam (Tirupattur), Nemili (Ranipet), Polur (Tiruvannamalai), Kambainallur (Dharmapuri), Nagojanahalli (Krishnagiri), Kadayampatty (Salem), R. Pudupatty (Namakkal), Jambai (Erode), Komaralingam (Tiruppur), Vettaikaranpudur (Coimbatore), Devarshola (the Nilgiris), Killai (Cuddalore), Ananthapuram (Villupuram), Vadakkanandal (Kallakurichi), Perumagalur (Thanjavur), Keezhvelur (Nagapattinam), Manalmedu (Mayiladuthurai), Kodaracheri (Tiruvarur),Pullampadi (Tiruchi), Kurumbalur (Perambalur), Varadharajanpet (Ariyalur), Keeramangalam (Pudukkottai), Thadicombu (Dindigul), P.J. Cholapuram (Karur), Alanganallur (Madurai), Mallanginar (Virudhunagar), C. Pudupatti (Theni), Nerkuppai (Sivaganga), R.S. Mangalam (Ramanathapuram), Panagudi (Tirunelveli), Sundarapandiapuram (Tenkasi), Authoor (Thoothukudi) and Killiyur (Kanniyakumari).
In his speech, Nehru highlighted that the urban population in Tamil Nadu was growing fast and it would reach 60 per cent of the total population by 2036. A total of 4 crore people are now living in urban areas, accounting for 53 per cent of the total population.
What's In It For Women?
Women will receive at least 50 per cent of total person-days under the Tamil Nadu Urban Employment Scheme, according to another order released earlier, besides ensuring equal wages for women and men for the unskilled and semiskilled workers.