The Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh Awanish Kumar Awasthi stated that the state government has announced to create jobs at local level for more than half-million migrant labourers, who were forced to return to their native state following the lockdown. Ahigh-level committee headed by the UP agricultural production commissioner (APC) has been asked to draw up a blueprint in this regard.The committee wil also include the principal secretaries of the departments of rural development, panchayati raj, skill development and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).
“The committee will draft a roadmap for creating local level jobs under the state’s ‘One District, One Product’ (ODOP) scheme and also facilitate credit through the bank loan melas in the state,” said UP additional chief secretary Awanish Kumar Awasthi.
He said the committee would also offer suggestions for the creation of employment opportunities in other sectors and industries as well after the lockdown is lifted.
“The central government has increased the revolving fund window for spurring employment and the state is looking to help women self help groups (SHG) engaged in sewing, making pickles etc and marketing their products,” he underlined.
He further said that CM has taken cognisance of the loss of livelihood of the tens of thousands of other daily earners, including street vendors, hawkers, kiosk owners etc owing to the 45-day lockdown.
He has directed officials to prepare an action plan for them as well so that they can be provided relief.
“There is a proposal to defer the withdrawal of lockdown in districts, which have more than 10 positive cases of coronavirus,” he said, adding that the UP Covid Care Fund has so far generated a corpus of more than Rs 204 crore.
Meanwhile, UP has so far reported a total of 1,084 coronavirus cases, of which 108 patients were discharged and 17 persons died during treatment, thus leaving 959 as active cases, UP medical, health and family welfare principal secretary Amit Mohan Prasad said.
He said that the state had received rapid testing kits from the Centre, which were being used for the purpose of surveillance and not for regular sample testing. “We have already started using the rapid testing kits in Noida,” he said.