Jharkhand Current Affairs - 2020

Webinar Conducted for Sensitization of MPs from ST Constituencies on GOAL Project

For the sensitization of the Members of Parliaments from Schedule Tribe (ST) Constituencies, a webinar was conducted on 10th July 2020. The webinar was conducted by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.


The GOAL project has started as a Pilot Project by Facebook India back in March 2019. This pilot project was launched with 100 Mentees and 25 Mentors from the ST community in 5 states of India (Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, and Madhya Pradesh).

Based on the outcomes and experiences from the Pilot Project, in a phased manner over the next 5 years, the GOAL project was decided to be implemented with 5000 youths and 2500 Mentor/ Mentees.

GOAL Project

In partnership with Facebook India, the GOAL Project was launched by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. The GOAL- ‘Going Online As Leaders’ Project is an initiative under which 5,000 youths from the Tribal Communities of the country will be identified and empowered so that they can become the change-makers of tomorrow.

The GOAL Project has 3 core areas: Literacy, Life Skills, and Leadership & Entrepreneurship. For providing the proper guidance and inspiration for the development of the 3 core areas in the 5000 selected tribal youths, the GOAL project will bridge the gap between the youths and the Mentors/Mentees they require to acquire the skills and abilities that will help them to develop the leadership skills.

For this, a total of 2500 renowned leaders from the businesses, influencers, social workers, artists, government administration, etc will be identified as the Mentors/ Mentees of the 5000 youths. Mentors and Mentee are not necessarily had to belong from the ST community, interested applicants for Mentor/Mentee can apply on the portal- ‘goal.tribal.gov.in’.

Job Gaurantee Scheme for Urban Poor to be launched by Jharkhand Government

The state government of Jharkhand is likely to become the second state after Kerala in the country to launch a job guarantee scheme that will be on the lines of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA). The scheme unlike MNREGA (which focuses on providing a 100-day job for the Rural poor), will focus on providing 100-day work for the unskilled workers living in the urban areas of the state.

The scheme aimed to enhance the livelihood security for the urban poor will be named Mukhyamantri SHRAMIK (Shahri Rozgar Manjuri For Kamgar). The scheme is awaiting approval of the state cabinet.

Ayyankali Urban Employment Guarantee Scheme (AUEGS) is the 100-day employment guarantee scheme of the Kerala Government for urban poor.

How the Scheme will be different from MNREGA?

On 21st June 2020, the Urban Development Secretary of Jharkhand has informed the media that the scheme will also have a provision under for unemployment allowance. This allowance will only be applicable when if a local body fails to provide a job within 15 days to the unskilled worker.

As per information provided in media, for the first 30 days a beneficiary of the scheme will be entitled to one-fourth of the wages as unemployment allowance, while if the local body fails to provide job during the next 30 days then the beneficiary will be provided with half of the total 100 days work wage entitled.