UP govt outlines plans to create jobs before 2022

NEW DELHI: The Uttar Pradesh government has initiated various measures to create jobs to address a crisis that has exacerbated amid the Covid-19 pandemic, including ‘Mission Rozgar’, availability of loans for newly set up micro, small and medium enterprises, engaging women’s self-help groups (SHGs) for ration and poshahar (nutritious food) distribution.

Unemployment emerged as a major issue in the recent Bihar assembly polls and it is expected to be a key plank for the opposition in the 2022 UP election as well.

The UP government may soon come out with a booklet containing details of employment and self-employment created in different departments, boards, corporations, councils and other organisations, said people aware of the matter.

On December 3, the state government formally issued a government order regarding Mission Rozgar, which aims to create about 5 million jobs in public and private sectors by March 2021. The government also plans to fill up the vacancies pending in various government departments under this mission.

On December 7, chief minister Yogi Adityanath handed over appointment letters to 3,209 tube-well operators. The list of newly appointed tube-well operators include 516 women.

The government is also focusing on ensuring the presence of women’s SHGs in all the 826 blocks across the state. “SHGs have a presence in 592 blocks currently. Our plan is to expand them to all 826 blocks by the end of March next year,” said an official in the state livelihood rural mission, who did not wish to be identified.

The expansion of SHGs in new areas will also pave the way for the appointment of new mission managers at district and block levels. “One block may accommodate six mission managers,” said the person.

Meanwhile, the process of imparting training to about 57,000 banking correspondent sakhis (female banking agents) is all set to begin this week. The sakhis will do door-to-door visits and are expected to become the main link between female correspondents, particularly those who are associated with SHGs and the banks.

They will be given Rs 50,000 as an interest-free loan for laptop computer, loop machine, card reader and fingerprint reader. Apart from commission based on the transactions they carry out, these female bank agents will get Rs 4,000 a month for the next six months.

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