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Lucknow: Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath led Uttar Pradesh government has offered a slew of government jobs, including those to migrant workers who returned during lockdown in state.

Navneet Sehgal, additional chief secretary of Information department, has clarified that around four lakh permanent jobs in the government sector in total have been offered since 2017.

To manage the issue of the migrant workers returning to Uttar Pradesh during the COVID-19 lockdown, a migration commission was set up, which maintained records about the number of migrants entering the state.

"The commission found that 45 lakh migrants came to the state. Also, skill mapping was carried out in a bid to provide appropriate jobs. Of which, about 27.28 lakh migrants were given jobs in 11 lakh industries comprising small and medium-sized. Besides, migrants provided employment under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) scheme," Sehgal said.

Meanwhile, the official clarified that no prior permission from state will be required for employing manpower by other states.

It is a constitutional right to work anywhere Sehgal stated. The clarification was made following CM Adityanath who had made a statement that if any other state wants UP’s manpower, they cannot take them away just like that but will have to seek permission of the government. However, the statement sparked a row later on.

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