Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today launched a scheme under which his government transferred ₹1,000 each to 23 lakh laborers in the state as sustenance allowance amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
This scheme is being run by the Pradesh Bhawan Evam Anya Sannirman Karmkar Kalyan Board and involves financial assistance through direct bank transfers to daily wage workers. CM Adityanath in a virtual ceremony, distributed ₹1000 each to five laborers.
Rs 230 crore have been released for this scheme.
The financial assistance scheme which aims at supporting daily wage workers amid coronavirus-linked lockdowns in the state was recommended by a three-member committee headed by finance minister Suresh Khanna.
Along with this, the state government will also provide 20 kg wheat and 15 kg rice to 1,65,31,000 laborers, hawkers, vendors, and others in the unorganized sector.
Earlier, Yogi’s government had launched two insurance schemes for laborers and other daily wage workers in the state. While one is a health insurance cover of Rs.5 lakh, the other gives a cover of Rs 2 lakh to all laborers in the state for accidental death or disability.