UP planning low-cost shops, homes for migrant workers | India News

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May 26, 2020

LUCKNOW: The Uttar Pradesh government is formulating a policy under which it can provide low-cost shops and houses to migrant workers who have returned to their native villages from different parts of the country owing to the lockdown.
The Yogi Adityanath-led government has also completed skill mapping of 16 lakh workers, a first-of-itskind exercise in UP and perhaps across the country, which will help the government create skill-specific jobs for these migrants. Officials said that the urban development department has been tasked with coming up with a plan for cheap housing and rentals for migrant workers and the chief secretary will coordinate with various departments for drafting it.
“During an interaction with migrant workers a few days back, chief minister Adityanath asked one of them what he did and what was preventing him from setting up shop. The worker said that he had no money for it. It was then decided to chalk out a plan to provide cheap houses and shops to these workers. The urban development department will make a presentation to the CM by the end of this week,” said an official.
Among various proposals being worked out is asking local bodies and private builders to provide space to workers in multi-storeyed buildings. For this, relief in floor area ratio, GST, etc could be provided to the builder. Government buildings and land will also be identified for creation of dormitories and shops.
These will come with water, power and sewer facilities, an official said. He added that rent could also be reduced for migrant workers for both residential and commercial use of a property. On Tuesday, the CM reviewed the work taking place under the newly set up Workers (employment and livelihood) Welfare Commission.

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