Lucknow | Jagran News Desk: The Uttar Pradesh government has announced that it has decided to set up a migrant commission to provide employment and social security to over 23 lakh stranded labourers who returned to the state and after the Centre imposed the nationwide coronavirus lockdown.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath directed the authorities to assure migrants that their life is secured, suggesting that a scheme be launched to ensure their job security.

The UP Chief Minister said that the commission will look at the factors like insurance, social security, re-employment assistance and provision for unemployment allowance while adding that it will provide an official framework to ensure socio-economic-legal support for the migrants.

“These workers are our biggest resource and we will give them employment in Uttar Pradesh as state government is going to set up a panel for their employment,” news agency PTI quoted Adityanath as saying.

“They are our people... and if some states want them back, they have to seek permission from the state government,” Adityanath said while adding that “there is a need to ensure their socio-legal-monetary rights”.

During an interaction with the RSS-affiliated publications 'Panchjanya' and 'Organiser' on Sunday, Adityanath had that as per feedback received from migrant workers who reached Uttar Pradesh, safeguarding their rights should get utmost attention and importance. 

He also directed the authorities to do skill mapping of migrant workers so that they can be provided employment once they complete the quarantine period.

“All migrant workers are being registered and their skills mapped. Any state or entity interested in inviting migrant workers will need to assure and provide for their socio-legal-monetary rights,” he had said.

Thousands of migrants were left stranded after the central government imposed a lockdown to control the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. The migrants, who were left without jobs, had started moving back to their native states.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma