Setting an example for states who asked their laborers and workers to return to their native states, the Uttar Pradesh government turned the crisis into an opportunity. The Uttar Pradesh government has, so far, transferred Rs 1,000 in the bank accounts of over 10.4 lakh migrant workers who have returned to the state during the lockdown period.
As per state government’s official release, Rs 1,000 has been transferred through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in the bank accounts of 10,48,166 migrant workers. As per the government figures, a total of 35 lakh migrant workers have returned to the state so far.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that the availability of skilled laborers has now given a new direction to the state’s public welfare schemes. He further said that the migrant workers who came from other states have safely been taken to quarantine centers and proper arrangements have been made for their food and medical screening.
Yogi Adityanath said that these workers have been contributing to the nation-building for so long. He further indicated that the skills and talent of these workers would be utilized properly.
He said that the state government is fully aware of its responsibility towards these workers. He also said that the respective government authorities are working to access their abilities and involve them accordingly.
“Firstly, the revenue department performed the task of mapping skills of the workers and then the finance department held a few meetings with banks and prepared the action plan for their employment and self-reliance,” Yogi Adityanath said.
It is unfortunate that these workers had to return to their native states amidst the threat of Coronavirus. They contributed to the growth and development of metropolitan cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata for many years, still, they remained migrants for those states. And when the payback time came, the respective state governments asked them to return, saying they cannot afford to feed them and take care of their medical requirements.