UP to amend textile, tourism policies to reboot industry, create jobs

These industries include food processing, textile, dairy, tourism, handloom, and pharmaceutical.
Amid the influx of three million migrant workers from other states following covid-19 lockdown, the Uttar Pradesh government is planning to amend the policies of several labour-intensive industries for rebooting industrial activities and creating mass employment.

These industries include food processing, textile, dairy, tourism, handloom, and pharmaceutical.

UP chief minister Adityanath has asked officials to fine-tune the existing policy framework to make it more “dynamic and competitive” so that lockdown-hit industrial activity is reenergised for job creation.

Presiding over a review meeting at his official residence in Lucknow yesterday, Adityanath asserted that appropriate amendments to the existing policies be made to suit the contemporary needs, especially in the backdrop of the covid-19 challenge.

The policies on the anvil for the proposed amendment include UP Food Processing Policy 2017, UP Milk Policy 2018, UP Tourism Policy 2018, UP Handloom, Powerloom, Silk Textile and Garmenting Policy 2017 and UP Pharmaceutical Industry Policy 2018.
He has instructed for speedy clearances to the food processing proposals, so that they could be set up speedily and enriching the farm value chain.

 “The maize crop is grown in abundance in the Western and Central parts of UP. Therefore, corn based food processing industries be promoted in such regions,” he said adding banana chips units could be encouraged in the Kushinagar region of Eastern UP.

Besides, the CM stressed upon spurring the dairy sector by strengthening the dairy committees at the local level. “We have to create a robust dairy supply chain and the farmers need to be provided with high quality milch cattle.”

Yesterday, the Adityanath government had signed memoranda of understanding (MoU) with four industry chambers for providing employment to nearly 1.1 million migrant workers. The MoUs were signed with Indian Industries Association (IIA), Ficci, Laghu Udyog Bharati (LUB) and National Real Estate Development Council (Naredco), which have the mandate of generating 300,000; 300,000; 250,000 and 250,000 jobs respectively.
The government will share the migrants’ database with these chambers, so that the workers could be absorbed in different industrial, real estate and manufacturing units depending upon their vocational skills and experience, especially the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME).

So far, the state has completed the skills mapping of 1.8 million migrants, who have been found to be possessing workmanship in varied segments viz. real estate, textile, electronics, electrical, farming, machine tools, paramedics etc.

“Till now, these people were contributing towards the development of other states, now we will harness their skills for building a New Uttar Pradesh,” the CM had said on the occasion.

Recently, the state had announced the setting up of a Migration Commission ‘Kaamgar/Shramik (Sevayojan evam Rozgar) Kalyan Aayog’ for facilitating jobs and social security to the workers. The state will integrate district level employment exchanges with the Commission.

Business Standard is now on Telegram.
For insightful reports and views on business, markets, politics and other issues, subscribe to our official Telegram channel