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UP first to deploy a help scheme for daily bets hit by Covid | India News

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday announced financial assistance through direct bank transfers to daily salaried workers in the state, who may lose their jobs during the current coronavirus-related slowdown. This makes UP the first state to implement a policy for thousands of people in the unorganized sector at this time of the Covid-19 outbreak.

As soon as this was announced, the Karnataka government told its labor department to identify the modalities of a similar state-funded scheme and the scope of assistance for daily salaried workers in the state.

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UP Prime Minister Yogi Adityanath announced a monthly allowance of Rs 1,000 each for around 35 lakh of workers, hawkers and vendors, and a free ration of Rs 1.65 million a day. An estimated crore of Rs 420 will be estimated for the entire year.

Over the next 15 days, each district administration will launch a gigantic exercise to identify beneficiaries and collect bank account details. Those without bank accounts or ration cards will have priority.

“As a precaution, we order various institutions to close or reduce staff. Lakhs of poor people will lose their jobs, so the UP government has put forward a proposal to pay them Rs 1,000 per month and provide a free ration until the crisis is over, ”said CM.

He said 20.37 lakh people are registered with the labor department, but bank details of only 5.97 lakh are available. Those without accounts will receive help from the district administration and the proceeds from the layoff will be used for the allocation. A budget of Rs 203 crore has been set aside for this.

The district administration will also identify an unorganized workforce of 15 lakhs of people such as street vendors, vendors, rickshaw and cart drivers, and Rs 1,000 will also be transferred to each of them through DBT, implying an expense of Rs 150 crore. The urban development department will prepare its database in 15 days.

In addition, the government will provide approximately 1.65,31,000 construction workers with 20 kg of wheat and 15 kg of rice and daily wagers as registered car shooters under the Antyodaya, MNREGA, and Labor Department scheme. The disbursement will take place in April. An expense of Rs 64.5 crore will be incurred in this process. “MNREGA workers who have not been paid so far will receive the quotas cleared in March,” said CM.

The quarterly pension to 83.83 lakh of beneficiaries of old-age, invalidity and widowhood pensions will be granted two months in advance, in April.

The Karnataka government is also ready to take a look at the UP initiative and provide direct cash transfers to daily wagers and construction workers, whose livelihood has been severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Shortly after Yogi made the announcement, the labor department was asked to identify the modalities and scope of assistance provided to daily salaried workers.

Labor Minister Shivram Hebbar will meet with his officers on Monday to design the scheme, and then meet with Prime Minister BS Yediyurappa for approval.

Times of India