Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday brought back first batch of 2,224 labourers from Haryana who were stuck there due to nationwide lockdown to contain coronavirus.
Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Awnish Awasthi said here, 2,224 labourers were brought in 82 buses to 16 districts of western UP. After their health check up, they were sent to quarantine at the shelter homes in their native districts. Around 11,000 labourers are expected to come from Haryana,”
On Friday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked the officials to bring back labourers stranded in other states.
Around 10 lakh labourers of UP are stranded in other states due to lockdown and their family members are continuously requesting the Yogi government to bring them back.
Meanwhile, the CM held the routine review of his Team 11 function here on Saturday with instructing them to maintain strictness at the hotspots. “Around 90 per cent of the cases are detected in these hotspots. Hence, no laxity would be allowed there ,” the CM informed the officials.
On the other hand, Mr Adityanath stressed that a strategy should be made for providing jobs to 15 lakh workers, who had come from other states.
“Already 4.23 lakh workers have been engaged in 44,478 projects underway in 18,823 gram panchayats. Workers have been also engaged for 63 projects of irrigation department , 173 projects of PWD while over 10,000 workers are working at the three expressway sites,” said Mr Awasthi.
He said that the CM has also ordered that small ponds and check dams should be constructed in the rural areas in a big way so that the workers get employment.
Talking about the purchase of wheat in the state, he said that till date 30 lakh quintals have been purchased, of which around 60 per cent was procured from the doorsteps of the farmers. He said that Rs 280 crore have been distributed among 27.28 lakh labourers in the state by giving them Rs 1000.
Mr Awasthi also said that Rs 268 crores have been received in the Covid Care Fund in the state which will be used for strengthening the health facilities to counter Covid-19.