The Supreme Court of India has acknowledged the Uttar Pradesh government’s effort to manage the migrant crisis during the Covid-19 pandemic. A government spokesperson said that the apex court praised the government for establishing a “robust system of registration of migrant workers” when they returned to the state after the lockdown was imposed across the country in 2020. UP Govt number one in providing help to migrant workers amid Covid-19 crisis.
Based on the data, the court noted, Their skill mapping has been completed
In its observation, the court quoted the data submitted by the director, Training and Employment (UP). The data states that 37,84,255 migrant workers came back to their native places during the Covid-19 pandemic period. Based on the data, the court noted, “Their skill mapping has been completed and 10,44,710 labourers have already been given employment under different schemes of the state government .”
It further noted that as per the data available from April 1, 2021 to June 8, 2021, details of 3,79,220 migrant workers have already been registered and their skill mapped on the portal (rahat.up.nic.in) launched by the UP government. Notably, the Uttar Pradesh government is also providing financial support to migrant workers under DBT. The relief Commissioner’s portal is being used to ensure the money reaches the migrant workers.
In helping the migrant workers, Yogi govt is on top
Since the pandemic kicked in, the Uttar Pradesh government acted swiftly to ensure support is provided to all migrant workers who come back to their native places amid the nationwide lockdown. In May 2020, when migrant workers started to return to UP, CM Yogi set up a migrant commission to find ways to provide jobs to them. He also directed the officials to ensure no migrant have to leave UP once things get normal.
In November 2020, it was reported that UP ranked number one in providing jobs to migrant workers by generating jobs under Gareeb Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan. The scheme was announced by PM Modi in May 2020 to provide jobs to migrant workers.
In May 2021, CM Yogi Adityanath had directed officials to start community kitchens to provide food for the poor amid lockdown. He ensured there is no scarcity of food for labourers, daily wagers, street vendors, hand cart pullers and others and that they are provided with proper meals during the course of lockdown.