The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath has enhanced employment cover to labourers, including those who migrated to the state following novel coronavirs induced lockdown.
He has set a target of creating one crore mandays of jobs under the Centre’s flagship Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) by June 15.
Presently, the rural development department is able to create around 42 lakh mandays of work. This means, that the state government will have to increase its capacity by more than double to generate jobs under MNREGS in five days.
The decision was taken by the CM at a high-level meeting comprising departments which could potentially create jobs under MNREGS. The CM also held a video conferencing with district magistrates and divisional commissioners to accelerate works under MNREGS. Sources present in the meeting said that the CM asked the officials to create an additional 58 lakh more mandays of work to meet the target of one crore. In the last one-and-a-half months since the MNREGS works started a total of around seven crore mandays have been created by the rural development department.
The CM said that the DMs in various districts should assess the situation and identify works which can be conducted under MNREGS in their respective districts.
Yogi said that DM would be required to send a detailed proposal of works in the next three days. He also asked the divisional commissioners to carry out inspection of the districts under their jurisdiction and get the developmental projects expedited.
The CM pitched for convergence of various departments to create more jobs under the Central scheme. He said that this would also help the government in identifying more spots where works could be carried out and more labourers could be engaged under MNREGS. He said labourers may also be engaged in other state and central government schemes.