UP CM Yogi Adityanath said that if states want workers, the governments will have to ensure social security and insurance of the workers.
Lucknow| Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said states that want to employ workers from UP will first have to seek approval from the UP government.
On Sunday, CM Yogi Adityanath said that the state’s permission is needed to guarantee socio-legal-monetary rights of the migrant workers.
On Sunday, UP CM also declared that the state government has decided to set up a Migration Commission for the hiring of migrant workers in the state. The manner of skill mapping of these migrant workers already being done in UP, Yogi said.
“These workers are our biggest resource and will give them employment in Uttar Pradesh as state government is going to set up a commission for their employment,” Yogi Adityanath said as he added that workers were “not properly taken care of” by various states amid the COVID-19 lockdown.
“They are our people… and if some states want them back, they have to seek permission from the state government,” Yogi Adityanath said.
However, this move could face a legal challenge as the Constitution of India guarantees the freedom of movement and residence and employment of workers.
CM Yogi Adityanath said that over 23 lakh migrants have returned to Uttar Pradesh so far by the efforts of the state government.
The exodus of migrant workers began from the day lockdown was imposed in March and still continues. Lakhs of migrants started to walk hundreds of kilometres towards their homes. Some of them were killed by road or train accidents. Some died due to hunger.
Migrant workers are the worst affected people in India due to lack of transport facilities, money, food and assistance from governments all over the country.
The state of Uttar Pradesh has over 6,000 cases and has recorded 150 fatalities.