LUCKNOW: Chief Minister of Utter Pradesh, Yogi Adityanath declared on 21 March 2020, that his government will provide Rs. 1000 on a monthly basis to 35,00,000 labourers. The amount will be sent to the accounts of the beneficiaries. MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act) workers also come under this initiative.
Other than this, the UP CM also announced that free ration worth a month will be granted to construction workers and labourers working on daily wage who are the part of Antyodaya Yojana, MNREGA and the Labour Department in the month of April.
Yogi Adityanath Stated, "The decision will have an impact on those earning their livelihood day by day. For this, our government had constituted a committee under the leadership of Finance Minister Suresh Khanna. Based on its report, the state government has approved the allowance for daily wage labourers."
Within the state, 20.37 lakh labourers are registered with the Labour Department. Rs 1,000 will be sent to their accounts through direct transfer as maintenance. Also, if someone doesn't have an account, the Labour Department will get it opened and then credit Rs 1,000 to the beneficiary's account," he further added.
The chief minister also mentioned, "The number of hawkers, rickshaw pullers, street vendors and weekly market vendors is around 15 lakh. The government will give Rs 1,000 per month to them also. The authorities will prepare a database of such people in the next 15 days and thereafter, they will receive the benefit of this scheme. The government has estimated an expenditure of Rs 150 crore for this work."
As per Adityanath, labourers working on daily wage who lack ration cards should prioritise getting it made. The order which has been issued also says that the act of distributing food grain should be effective immediately to labour and vendors from rural and urban areas both.
Addressing the MNREGA workers, Adityanath said, "All the registered 1.65 crore MNREGA workers will be provided one month's ration in April free of cost."