States will need UP govt nod to hire work­ers: CM

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T - Sm­riti Kak Ra­machan­dran let­ters@hin­dus­tan­

NEW DELHI: Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter Yogi Adityanath on Sun­day said his gov­ern­ment will lay down strin­gent con­di­tions for en­sur­ing so­cial se­cu­rity of work­ers from UP who are hired by other states. Other states will also need to seek per­mis­sion from his gov­ern­ment be­fore en­gag­ing work­ers from UP, he said.

“If any state wants man­power, the state gov­ern­ment will have to guar­an­tee so­cial se­cu­rity and in­sur­ance of the work­ers. With­out our per­mis­sion they will not be able to take our peo­ple… be­cause of the way they were treated in some states,” he said in an in­ter­ac­tion with jour­nal­ists through video con­fer­enc­ing.

The chief min­is­ter said all mi­grants who have re­turned to the state were be­ing regis­tered and their skills mapped by his ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Adityanath also asked called for the cre­ation of a mi­gra­tion com­mis­sion that will look into var­i­ous fac­tors re­lated to the rights of mi­grant work­ers and en­sure they aren’t ex­ploited.

Prof Amitabh Kundu, distin­guished fel­low at the New Del­hibased think tank Re­search and In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem for De­vel­op­ing Coun­tries, said re­quir­ing gov­ern­ment per­mis­sion for em­ploy­ing peo­ple could face a le­gal chal­lenge.

“Ar­ti­cle 19 (1)(D) guar­an­tees free­dom to move freely, and 19(1)(e) the free­dom to set­tle in any part of the coun­try… so the need for per­mis­sion can be legally chal­lenged,” he said.

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