Odisha Mukta Scheme 2021 – Mukhyamantri Karma Tatpara Abhiyan for Urban Poor Employment

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.

Similar Yojanas

Schemes launched by the state government

The state governments of India are the next important government bodies right after the central government of the country. The state governments constitute 28 states and 8 union territories

India is a democratic and republic country wherein highest authorities and powers are proffered to the central government. For the state government, real executive powers are given to Chief Minister as he is responsible for heading the Council of Ministers. The state governments of India work toward internal security, such as police department, social welfare, public health betterment and other similar state-related issues. The state government of the country earns its employee income from sales tax services, stamp duty services, and from some parts of GST.

The state governments have launched a variety of schemes so far. Some of the examples are as follows:

In Andhra Pradesh, Chandranna Bima Yojana, National Energy Efficient Agriculture Pumps Program, and Smart Pulse Survey have been launched. In Assam, Mass Rapid Transit System has been recently launched. In Maharashtra, Police Pratisaad Ask services and various schemes for the betterment of farmers have been launched. In Karnataka, PM Santwana Harish Yojana, and Housing scheme for Transgenders have been launched. In Uttar Pradesh, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana, Hausla Paushan scheme, and Swadhar Greh yojana have been launched.

The state government of India monitors both rural and urban development. However, it is not feasible for the state government to monitor all rural and urban local government bodies. Thus, based on the provided funding and coverage, rural and urban local entities create development plan whenever required. These government entities work in close association with planning commission and local or regional government sectors and authorities.

Apart from these schemes, the state government also ensures the effective implementation of centrally sponsored schemes in respective states.