Bengaluru: With daily wagers losing out on their jobs owing to the pandemic-induced lockdown, their lives are in danger. 

To ease their conditions and make them brighter, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh transferred Rs 1000 each to such daily wagers, as part of a scheme to assist them. It was done through direct benefit transfer. 

In all, it has transferred the amount to the accounts of 23.05 lakh daily wagers. 

Times of India adds that the beneficiaries include dhobis, rickshaw pullers, construction workers, cobblers and halwais. 

After assuming power in 2017, our government introduced many schemes for the poor. We organised community marriages for their daughters and ensured that DMs and commissioners distributed marriage invites and ministers greeted guests at the venue,” the CM said, as quoted by the website. 

“Before 2017, no ration cards were being issued. Those linked to the party in power had multiple cards, while the poor did not have access to even one. In 2020, when more than 40 lakh migrant workers returned to the state during the lockdown, UP was the first state to provide free ration to those who didn’t have ration cards. Our handling of the migrant crisis is now a subject of research of international organisations,” he added. 

It should be noted that the state set up a labour commission in 2020 using which the government used to ensure welfare of labourers. In the second wave, the government did not shut down industry or agricultural activity and Covid help desks and Covid care centres were set up to help workers. 

It is to noted further that the state will give an annual insurance of Rs 5 lakh to people both in organized and unorganized sector.