LUCKNOW: A day after UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath announced that other states would need his government’s permission to get back the skilled work force which had migrated back to their home state, the move evoked a sharp reaction on Monday from the ruling Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and MNS chief Raj Thackeray.
While proposing to set up a migration commission to provide employment and social security to over 24 lakh migrants who have returned to UP, Yogi had said on Sunday that any state hiring them back in future would have to provide them an insurance cover to ensure that the “workers are saved from exploitation in other states”.
On Monday, Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray said the state government should take Yogi’s announcement seriously. His Shiv Sena colleague Sanjay Raut, who was locked in a bitter Twitter war on Sunday with the office of UP CM over the latter’s controversial statement, said that Yogi might have disliked the fact that the migrants who left by trains to UP chanted ‘Uddhav Thackeray Zindabad’ and ‘Jai Maharashtra’.
Uddhav’s cousin and MNS chief Raj Thackeray went a step further, saying: “No migrant labourer should be allowed to enter Maharashtra without checking whether he has due permission and has been registered along with identity proof and photograph with the Maharashtra police.”
Yogi announced on Monday that the proposed Labour (service and employment) Welfare Commission would provide insurance as a social security to the migrants. This would pave way for a mechanism wherein other states would be required to take UP government’s permission before taking back the migrant labourers after the lockdown is fully lifted, he said.
Yogi said the state government would skill-map the migrants and would assist them wherever they move across the country. “Energy of a worker from UP needs to be channelized for the progress of the state,” he said.
On Sunday, Yogi had alleged that migrants of Uttar Pradesh were living in “inhuman conditions and were discriminated against”, especially during the lockdown, in other states. “They were craving for basic human necessities like food, water and shelter,” the UP CM said.