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Uttarakhand managed to absorb most migrants who returned home: Survey

Out of total 3,57,536 migrants, 2,52,687 chose to stay back in the state till September-end this year while 1,04,849 left for other cities and states.

Published: 04th November 2020 08:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 04th November 2020 08:43 AM   |  A+A-

Migrant Issue: Post lockdown, there was a huge wave of reverse migration, with lakhs and lakhs of migrant workers moving back to their home state. Many states after few weeks of lockdown, arranged buses for transportation and in the list Bihar was one of the last states to do so.  With many migrants returning with a mindset of not leaving their home state, the leaders now need a plan to find employment and also provide basic provisions to them. (Photo | PTI)

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DEHRADUN: In an encouraging sign, a final report by Uttarakhand State Migration and Rural Development Commission says that 71% of the migrants who returned to Uttarakhand in the wake of Covid-induced lockdown have decided to stay back in the state.

Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, who is also the chairman of Uttarakhand Rural Development and Migration Commission, said his government would do everything for the youth’s self-employment. “Every department has been instructed to identify ways to promote self-employment to make the state ‘Atmanirbhar’ (self-dependent).

Out of total 3,57,536 migrants, 2,52,687 chose to stay back in the state till September-end this year while 1,04,849 left for other cities and states. The report also revealed that a majority of them are engaged in schemes by the state government and have found their livelihoods in self-employment.

The MNREGA tops the list of the highest job provider with 38% of the people employed under its various projects followed by 33% who are engaged in agriculture, horticulture, cattle rearing along with dairy farming, 12% are self-employed and 17% are in other fields. According to state government estimates, till July, more than 2.15 lakh workers returning to the hill state possessed a skill set ranging from software designing to plumbing and others.



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