The prevailing urban unemployment crisis and its solution.
The Tamilnadu government will implement an urban employment scheme along the lines of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) popularly called the “Nooru naal velai thittam”.
The unemployment rate in urban areas remained in double digits for the third consecutive quarter at 10.3% during October-December, higher than 7.8% a year ago, as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic weighed on jobs, official data showed.
The major reason for urban unemployment includes the constant increase in the size of the urban population from rural areas in search of employment and better living standards.
To tackle this, at a cost of Rs.100 crore to improve the livelihood of urban poor peoples who had lost their jobs because of the Covid – 19 pandemic, Minister for Municipal Administration Urban and water supply K.N.Nehru said in the assembly on Tuesday.
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 under the seven Regional Directorate of Municipal Administration, and one town panchayat each in 37 districts.
Under the scheme, workers will be used for activities such as desilting of water bodies and maintenance of public parks and other places.
The Minister said that the State Government would implement the Kalaignar Urban Development Scheme at a cost of Rs.1000 crore, adding that infrastructure will be created in the municipalities and panchayats.
He also said that libraries, community halls, and markets would be constructed under this scheme.
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