The Government of Uttar Pradesh is thinking of setting up an employment commission to guarantee a job to at least one member of each family in the urban and semi-urban areas. This commission will be a permanent statutory / regulatory body with the deputy chief minister as the chairman. An official of the rank of chief secretary will be the executive head or employment commissioner of this body.
Following the lockdown, about 32.4 lakh migrant workers had returned to their native villages in Uttar Pradesh. At the time, the state government had established a temporary commission to map the skills of these migrants to help them bag jobs suited to their skills.
Now, this permanent employment commission will be responsible for training programmes and self-employment schemes to make sure that there is at least one earning member in each family, just like the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS), which ensures that every family gets 100 days’ work annually.
Transparent hiring will be one of the highlights of the commission. The training and self-employment programmes being run by various government departments right now will also come under the new commission. This statutory body will also help the youth obtain loans from banks to set up units once they have been given the relevant industry training. The commission will arrange to hold job fairs in collaboration with the embassies of other countries, to help youth obtain jobs overseas.
The employment commissioner will have the authority to direct any department, government or private institution related to employment or skill development.