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Coronavirus in India: UP govt transfers Rs 611 crore in bank account of over 27 lakh workers during lockdown

The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday deposited Rs 611 crore in the bank account of 27.5 lakh workers in the state under the MNREGA scheme even as nationwide lockdown continued in the wake of the novel coronavirus or Covid-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus in India: UP govt transfers Rs 611 crore in bank account of over 27 lakh workers during lockdown

Last week, Rs 1,000 was transferred in the bank accounts of more than 30 lakh daily wage workers. (Image for representation: PTI)

The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday deposited Rs 611 crore in the bank account of 27.5 lakh workers in the state under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act (MNREGA) scheme even as nationwide lockdown continued in the wake of the novel coronavirus or Covid-19 pandemic.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also interacted with daily wagers through video conferencing and informed them about the measures being taken by his government at this time of crisis.

Last week, Rs 1,000 was transferred in the bank accounts of more than 30 lakh daily wage workers as financial assistance as ordered by Yogi Adityanath.

The Uttar Pradesh government has also ordered that more than one lakh migrant workers who have returned to the state from other states will be quarantined for 14 days. "Food and other required arrangements for them will be made by the authorities," it said.

In Lucknow, prominent government buildings like the Indira Gandhi Pratishthan and Awadh Shilp Gram were converted into shelter homes for the migrant workers stranded in the city. They were brought in government buses to these centres.

Moreover, Yogi Adityanath has written a letter to the chief ministers of other states, including Arvind Kejriwal, urging them to make all the required arrangements for people from Uttar Pradesh living in their states.

Senior bureaucrats have been appointed as nodal officers to coordinate with other states where people belonging to UP are living. These nodal officers have been given the responsibility to ensure that they don't face any inconvenience during the 21-day lockdown.

Four prominent hotels in Lucknow, including Hyatt Regency and Marriott, have been acquired by the district administration for setting up quarantine centres for the doctors and medical staff.

The state government is also compiling a list of private hospitals which will be converted into isolation centres for Covid-19 patients.

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