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  • Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will monitor measures to create jobs for migrants. The panel will examine the skill mapping data of migrants and suggest measures for salaried jobs and self-employment.

    The railways will provide Shramik trains within 24 hours of any state seeking their services, the bench said. These will be in addition to the 171 Shramik trains that will run as per state requests so far.

    The expert panel would be headed by Dr K S Reddy, president of Public Health Foundation of India. The expert committee would assess the impact of Covid-19 on human rights of people, especially marginalised and vulnerable sections of the society, including migrant labourers.

    "(Migrant) Labourers have returned to their home states just with their clothes. They may come back after some time. At present we have enough labor force to supply to our industries," Subhash Desai said, speaking to reporters. "But if the labourers from other states return, they will need to register their names here," he added.

    Villages now struggle to cope with returnees who have no income and no immediate chance of employment.

    Modi will launch the 125-day-long campaign for migrant labourers at the Telihar village in Bihar’s Khagaria district through a video-link from Delhi, and will interact with a few of the 470-odd workers who have returned to this village.

    The lockdown has had a devastating impact on the economy as well as on the livelihoods of lakhs of migrant labourers. With no money to buy food or pay rent, labourers across the country have been returning to their native places.

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during the launch of 'Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan' said that labourers now don’t want to go to other stat...

    “We may take this issue up with the Ministry of Home Affairs, where the government allows interstate movement of labourers so those who want to come back can do so,” a senior official told ET. “Some projects are working with 10-40% labourers, while others may be working at 90% capacity. It varies from site to site.”

    As per the National Sample Survey Office report on migration in India, almost 55% households in rural areas and 67% in urban areas migrated for employment-related reasons in 2007-08. The survey was conducted between July 2007 and June 2008, and covered a sample of over 572,000 people.

    ​​ With over 23 lakh workers and migrants having returned to the state till Sunday, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed that a Migration Commission be set up. Adityanath also directed officials that migrant workers be given insurance so that their life is secured. The chief minister suggested that a scheme be launched to ensure their job security.

    ​​The data has been released after a strongly-worded directive from Central Information Commission (CIC) following a complaint by Right to Information (RTI) activist Venkatesh Nayak. ​​The chief labour commissioner had initiated this enumeration exercise during Lockdown 1.0 with lakhs of labourers trying to get back to their native villages.

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