The Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme (AUEGS), which virtually reached the 35 lakh workdays for the 100 crores that the State government earmarked this year for the scheme, seeks to reach 50 lakh person-days of employment this year.
Furthermore, it is proposed that the project’s work be done in a wider range of locations, with dairy producers also earning advantages and feasible works including maintaining and cleaning public restrooms.
The government, which completely funds the project, had previously stated that more funds would be set aside for the project if the assigned amounts would be used, according to project officials.
“As of Tuesday, the urban local bodies had used the 96 crores that had been allotted to them and we had reached 35 lakh person-days. Also soon, the remaining 4 crores will be used. Most Corporations have improved this year, but a lot of the demand is still in places like Tanur, Wadakkanchery, and Kottarakara that have recently become urban local bodies but still have a rural feel to them “said project officer Subodh S.
MGNREG scheme model-
With the introduction of the Ayyankali scheme, which was based on the MGNREG plan, Kerala became the first state to provide a job guarantee scheme for urban areas in 2010. 1.5 lakh of the 2.5 lakh workers who have been enrolled throughout the State are actually employed. One hundred per cent of them are women.
However, because there was less demand, less knowledge, and low allocations, the scheme didn’t take off right away in the early years. With 100 crores allocated in the current and previous years, and 75 crores and 50 crores in the years before, the money allocation, which was at 15 crores in 2015, has significantly increased. Although it is comparable to MGNREGS salaries, the daily wage of $291 is still low by urban living standards.
In addition to the 4-lakh allocated in the housing scheme for taking part in the house construction, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) and Livelihood Inclusion and Financial Empowerment (LIFE) housing scheme have been combined in the past three years. Under this arrangement, beneficiaries receive an additional 30,000 or the equivalent of 90 person-days of work. One element in the rise in the overall number of person-days of labour produced over the past few years was the job guarantee scheme’s integration with the housing scheme.