So far, 380 trains have arrived in UP from states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan etc. Of these, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Punjab account for the maximum number of trains, more than 300, coming to the state.
Besides, the UP roadways corporation has deployed a fleet of about 12,000 buses to ferry labourers from other states or to take them from railway stations to their places.
Now, the state government has arranged for trains from Delhi, apart from intrastate trains from Noida, Ghaziabad and Jhansi to expedite the shifting of stranded labourers.
“The state government is alert to the migrant labour issue and is taking all the steps to provide relief,” Awasthi said, adding Chief Minister Adityanath had issued directives to dissuade labourers walking on foot, or travelling on cycles or other means, to return to their native places.
“The CM has asked for constituting a picket at the police station level to stop such people and make proper arrangements to take them to their respective districts after providing them food and medical screening,” he said.
Awasthi said the government was preparing a strategy to leverage the comprehensive relief package of Rs 20 trillion announced by the Centre for the benefit of labourers coming back to UP.
“Since, we are preparing an exhaustive database of these workers complete with the details about their skills, they could be gainfully employed in the state itself,” he added.
The state is boosting pool and random testing of samples against the backdrop of heavy influx of migrants and reports of a few Covid-19 positive cases coming to light.
Meanwhile, the CM has ordered for analysing the need for labour to restart commercial and industrial activities in the Noida and Greater Noida region, and to allow for free movement of skilled and technical staff across the state.