In a virtual interaction with labourers from across the state on Saturday, the CM said that in the midst of the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government was going to restart distribution of free ration under the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana from May 5. He said that in 2020, the government had not just given free ration to labourers but also a bharan poshan bhatta or allowance. Around 54 labourers benefited from the financial assistance. More than 40 lakh migrant workers who returned to the state were given benefits.
Yogi said that the Uttar Pradesh Labour (Employment Exchange and Job) Commission had been set up which is working to find employment for workers. A Kanya Vivah Sahayata Yojana is also going on through which the government provides financial aid for the wedding of daughters of labourers. Atal Residential Schools are also being set up in each of the 18 divisions to provide education to children of registered labourers and provide with them free hostel facilities.
He said that the government was providing free coaching to children of labourers under the CM Abhyudaya Scheme and helping them get good ranks in competitive exams.
He assured them that all steps had been taken to ensure that essential services and activities were not affected during the weekend curfew. During this time, industrial units would continue functioning. Covid help desks had been set up in all units and if workers faced any problem they could visit the help desk. Directions have been given to provide workers with sanitisers, thermal scanning, pulse oximeters at workplaces.