With millions of migrant workers roaming around without jobs in Uttar Pradesh, the state government is planning to amend the UP Food Processing Policy 2017, UP Milk Policy 2018, UP Tourism Policy 2018, UP Handloom, Powerloom, Silk Textile and Garmenting Policy 2017 as well as the UP Pharmaceutical Industry Policy 2018, to create more jobs.
The state has realised that only amendments to the existing policies of several labour-intensive industries can help give the much-required push to industrial activities and result in job creation.
The Uttar Pradesh government has signed four memoranda of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Industries Association (IIA), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Laghu Udyog Bharati (LUB) and National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), to generate 300,000; 300,000; 250,000 and 250,000 jobs respectively. The move is expected to provide employment to almost 1.1million migrant workers.
To enhance the farm value chain, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh has demanded that food processing proposals be cleared at the earliest. He has also called for stronger promotion of corn-based food processing industries in the western and central regions of the state where corn has been produced in surplus.
So far, more than one lakh migrant labourers have returned to the state travelling on about 1,550 Shramik Special trains. The maximum number of trains, that is, about 520 came from Gujarat, while 398 trains came from Maharashtra and 233 from Punjab.