The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday announced it would provide employment to five lakh migrant labourers who have returned to the state from different parts of India in the last 45 days.
At a review meeting held here at this official residence, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath formed a high-level committee led by the Agricultural Production Commissioner to figure out how these workers can be given jobs. The panel will look into utilising the government’s flagship “One District, One Product”, or ODOP, scheme for the purpose.
The principal secretaries of the departments of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, MSME, and Skill Development will also be part of the committee.
“This will strengthen the rural economy,” Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi said at a press briefing.
The committee will organise “loan melas” through banks to generate employment, and suggest different ways and means to create new jobs. It has also been tasked with exploring employment opportunities in MSMEs.
With the Centre increasing the revolving fund in an attempt to ramp up job creation, Adityanath said women self-help groups (SHGs) should be engaged for various activities such as sewing, pickle-making, and production of spices. These products could be marketed through the ODOP scheme, he added.
The Chief Minister instructed Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) to ensure shelters are properly sanitised. Adityanath said community kitchens must be run carefully, and those quarantined should be provided food by the district administration.
The Chief Minister also directed officials to make adequate arrangements for animal fodder, and ensure the availability of fodder and straw in cow shelters run by the government and other charitable organisations.
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