In an interesting move, the Uttarakhand Migration Commission is planning to involve migrant youths returning to their villages due to COVID-19 lockdown in local economic activities.
The commission conducted a survey of such youths asking them if they would like to take up an occupation in their respective villages, according to an official.
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“We have received a 26-point format from the Migration Commission which has to be filled out by block level offices by asking the migrant youths some questions,” Pithoragarh District Development Officer (DDO) Gopal Giri Goswami said. Over 5,500 migrant youths have returned to their villages in the district following the countrywide lockdown, he said.
“We have sent the format received from the commission to all the eight blocks that will distribute them among the migrant youths to have their answers to the questions asked, the DDO said.
There is good scope in food processing, animal husbandry, poultry, seed production, horticulture and minor engineering industries if the youths want to settle in their respective villages, the official said.
“The government is willing to give them facilities of self employment if they make up their mind about settling in their respective villages even after the coronavirus crisis blows over,” the DDO said.
Continued migration of youths from the remote hilly areas of Uttarakhand in search of livelihood has been a major problem for successive state governments.
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(With inputs from agencies)