Time to return home. Deperate times.

Time to return home. Deperate times.

Yogi plans to bring back all migrant workers to UP; give jobs so they don’t leave

Priyanka welcomes UP govt move; migrants should be sent home after May 3: Chidambaram

Agency Report | Lucknow/New Delhi | 24 April, 2020 | 11:00 PM

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directs his officials to draw up a plan to bring back all migrant workers from the state who are still stranded in other states. Yogi says he wants workers who are brought back to the state to be provided employment in the state so that they do not have to return to other states in search of jobs.

The government spokesman said that Adityanath has already asked officials to start working towards creating employment opportunities for about 15 lakh people in the next six months and strengthen the economy.

The chief minister said that when the workers are brought back, they would be quarantined for 14 days before being allowed to return to their homes.

Each worker would be given Rs 1,000 and a ration kit when they go home.

Modalities in this regard would be worked out soon.

All departments have been directed to prepare a presentation for creating jobs within a week, said an official release.

The chief minister said that the challenge is to generate employment and strengthen the economy after the lockdown. Preparation should be started without delay.

He directed that employment should be provided through the Common Service Center at the village level. The platform should be strengthened.

The chief minister suggested that employment can also be created by providing training in relation to mobile repairing. He suggested training in collaboration with polytechnics, science labs, ITIs etc.

After the lockdown, he has instructed the officials to provide employment opportunities by holding loan air and employment fair. He also directed to formulate a plan regarding customer service centers in coordination with banks.

Former Union minister P. Chidambaram has said that the migrant workers should be allowed to go to their hometowns and villages after May 3 which could be the last day of the lockdown.

“The overwhelming mood and desire among migrant persons and their families is that after May 3, they should be allowed to go back to their home states and villages,” said Congress leader Chidambaram.

He said that the desire to go back to their home states, to join their families, and to be among their own people is an overpowering desire that cannot be suppressed for too long in the name of a lockdown.

“Yesterday, CWC has rightly called upon the government to frame a humane policy that after May 3, to allow migrant persons to travel to their home states, under strict conditions of health safety,” he added.

The Congress has been raising the issue of migrants as General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has written to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and demanded that the migrants be brought home.

In the country as per estimates 44 crore people work in the unorganised sector in different places in the country and during the initial period of the lockdown people are seen walking to their native places.

“The government has been aware of this problem for over three weeks and has 10 more days to frame a humane policy on migrant workers. The CWC draws the attention of the government to the necessity of framing a policy under for migrant workers who wish to return to their home states.”

“Villagers may be allowed to travel under strict conditions of health safety, and provided with adequate money and food in the interim and be allowed to return to work post the lockdown and compensation for the families of those migrant workers who have lost their lives in this period of crisis.” said the CWC statement issued on Thursday.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi welcomed the Uttar Pradesh government’s decision to bring back the stranded migrant workers of the stage from other states.

In a series of tweets, Priyanka Gandhi, who is also the party in-charge for eastern Uttar Pradesh, said, “Thankful to the UP government for its decision to bring back the stranded workers of UP from other states. We have been raising this issue and this is a meaningful step towards that. In order to make it fully successful, it is also necessary to plan for the return of the other workers.”

“If we keep on taking such positive steps for the country and keep on cooperating, it will provide strength in fighting Covid-19,” she said in another tweet.

Her remarks came after the Uttar Pradesh government on Friday instructed the nodal officers to prepare a list of migrant workers stranded in other states due to the Covid-19 induced nationwide lockdown in order to bring them back to the state.

After being brought back, the migrant workers would be kept under quarantine for 14 days before being sent to their respective homes.

Following the imposition of the nationwide lockdown, thousands of migrant workers were left stranded in several states as the inter-state bus, passenger, mail and express train services were suspended to combat the spread of Covid-19. (IANS)