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UP attracts 6.9 lakh crore investment

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By Newsgram Staff Writer

Uttar Pradesh has attracted an investment of Rs 6.9 lakh crore in the last two years and an additional sum of Rs 2-3 lakh crore is expected to reach the state coffers by the end of this year.

Releasing the Assocham’s report titled “UP: Inching towards double digit growth”, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav  said the investor confidence has increased and if the state continues to progress like this, it would set an example for others.

The CM also announced setting up an “Innovation Fund” for giving boost to the development.

Assocham chairman Lalit Khaitan said that UP has made several remarkable achievements on development front.

The chamber’s secretary General D S Rawat said studies reveal that the state has made surprising progress in agriculture, infrastructure, construction, small industries, power, education, health, realty and other sectors.

Besides, it is the best time for UP to get investments from China as during a recent meeting, the Chinese Ambassador has shown interest in investing in the state, he added.

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Rural India Setting Example for Others Amid Lockdown

Rural peopleare being very careful during the pandemic

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Rural people of India are practicing social distancing and avoididng gatherings due to the ongoing Coronavirus. Wikimedia Commons

By Navneet Mishra

Even as police are busy trying to strictly enforce the nationwide lockdown across urban areas in urban India, rural people are setting an example by not visiting each other nor organising social functions on the sly.

There is an undeclared curfew in villages. The Rural Development Ministry has already praised many villages in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka etc for setting an example in social distancing norm.

Dr Manoj Mishra, who is a mass communications expert who keeps an eye on the rural India, said that traditional craft and trades in villages are closed. People were not complaining, rather cooperating in the government endeavour to stem the coronavirus spread.

Dr Mishra, who is the head of Department of Journalism and Mass Communication at Jaunpur-based Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University, said that villages didn’t feel the shortage of food since seasonal vegetables are in abundance and the rabi crop of wheat too has been harvested and stored.

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Rural people are setting an example for Urbanites amid pandemic. Wikimedia Commons

He said that earlier the labourers used to charge money for their labour, but now get wheat from farmers. Also, the central and state governments have made arrangements for the poor in villages. That’s why the migrant labour wants to return to their native villages and towns since they feel there is no shortage of food there.

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Dr Mishra said that villagers consumed traditional meals instead of junk food preferred by urbanites. He said that even before Prime Minister Narendra Modi advised people to drink herbal decoctions to boost their immunity, rural people had already implemented it in their lives.

He said that people were so much cautious that they had voluntarily postponed marriages in different districts of Uttar Pradesh to after June 15 despite the fact that authorities have allowed solemnisation of weddings with 20 people in attendance. (IANS)

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Strengthening Career Post Motherhood

Tips on restarting career after motherhood

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Rekicking careers post motherhood. Pixabay

BY ADITI ROY

Renewing your career after motherhood is a challenging milestone; one that presents several dilemmas for women as professionals.

Quite often it is the woman who has to bear the brunt of sacrificing her career post marriage and subsequently childbirth. In today’s age, issues like renewing a career, providing maternity benefits, and child-friendly workstations or facilities for working mums are of importance.

Women make up 48 percent of the Indian population but have not benefitted equally from India’s rapid economic growth. Sixty-five percent of women are literate as compared to 80 percent of men. India has among the lowest female labor force participation rates in the world, says a report by World Bank Group published last year. Female child mortality is still a grave concern, with over 239,000 girls under the age of 5 dying each year.

“About 40 percent of working mothers want to quit jobs to raise their kids,” noted a survey conducted by ASSOCHAM under the aegis of its Social Development Foundation. At the study conducted, ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation had interacted with a total of about 500 working women including 200 working mothers in 10 cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Lucknow, Mumbai and Pune during the course of the past fortnight to gauge their career-related goals. A whopping 80 out of 200 respondents who are working mothers quoted motherhood and lack of quality time being spent with family were the primary reason to quit jobs.

At such a crucial juncture, what will it take to give a much-needed push and bolster women to return to career’s post motherhood or even start a career is they hadn’t before?

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Motherhood and its challenges in career. Pixabay.

“My suggestion to women who want to get back to work is three-fold: Look for a role that excites you and one in which your mind will stretch and learn new things. The personal cost of balancing work, life, and children is tough, and beyond the very important role of financial independence, our jobs and careers nourish our minds and imaginations. Many women leave jobs, or struggle to keep them, after becoming mothers because boring jobs, or ones in which they are not growing, don’t seem worth the effort if you are fortunate enough financially to have a choice not to work,” believes Shreyasi Singh, Co-founder, and CEO, Harappa Education.

Along with getting a strong picture of current skills and ambition which is required to sustain in a specific industry, a holistic approach of looking at the situation and evaluation will help a long way, say experts. This includes getting a strong understanding of your own skills and ambitions. What do you really want to do? What could help you get to the long-term future you can see for yourself?

“Start somewhere, don’t wait for the perfect job. Figure out your non-negotiable, if that’s the commute from home, compensation, or the industry/role you want. Or, is it flexible time schedules? For example, the post-COVID work environment, especially remote WFH, can really be an important enabler for working mothers. Don’t be afraid to suggest, now of all times, the schedule that might work for you. Now more than ever, employers won’t judge you. This can actually be a good time to experiment, especially if you didn’t love the job you were in before. Keeping an open mind and stepping out of your comfort zone can be very powerful enablers in this phase,” adds Singh.

The lockdown necessitated by the spread of COVID-19 has disrupted the normal life of people all around the world. While the situation is challenging for all, it specifically puts great demands on the women in the family, as they not only look after the work at home but also at their respective offices.

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Motherhood poses many challenges to career. Pixabay

It would not be an exaggeration to say that women are now doing two full-time jobs without even a weekend break. Indian women have always been multi-taskers and power-workers, balancing the needs of their family and job. Along with kids and family around in the same space, the work-life balance during the Covid-19 and amidst the lockdown has taken on a whole new meaning, agree on experts.

“Managing kids, work and the household – within lockdown, and the anxieties on both personal life (health, lifestyle) and professional life (Working from home, anxiety about the job), I have seen it manifest in my house, with my wife trying to navigate as a working woman, a mother, and a wife. Stress is a natural consequence, and new experiences that can be tried out at home can help counteract that. Be it working out as a family (with kids), or cooking as a family (encouraging kids to become little Masterchefs), or trying out online yoga – my wife has been at it since day one. Going through this experience has helped us/her assuage the stress effectively,” says Irwin Anand, MD, Udemy India.

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We find ourselves looking to pick up new skills, whether it’s gardening, a musical instrument, or drawing/coding with kids in part because being challenged the right way can be a new source of delight for everyone! The coming weeks and months will shape the “new normal” in the day-to-day life of women, and I hope everyone understands how hard it is for them, and to support them however possible,” adds Anand. (IANS)

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Pravasi Rahat Mitra : Yogi Launches App to Aid UP Migrants

Yogi launches 'Pravasi Rahat Mitra' App

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Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, on Friday, launched the ‘Pravasi Rahat Mitra’ App that is aimed at aiding migrant citizens coming to Uttar Pradesh from other states so that they can take advantage of government schemes. the app will also help to monitor their health besides providing jobs and livelihood, related to their skills.

The data collection of these migrant citizens will be done through the app that has been developed by the state revenue department in collaboration with United Nation Development Program.

According to the government spokesman, the exchange of information by various departments of the government will help in planning and formulating programs for employment and livelihood of these migrant citizens.

The app will have full details of the persons staying in the shelter center and the migrants who have reached their homes directly from other states.

The basic information of the person such as name, educational qualification, temporary and permanent address, bank account details, Corona-related screening status and experience will be taken in the app. In this, details of more than 65 types of skills will be collected.

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The app will help to monitor the health of the migrants. Wikimedia Commons

The status of distribution of ration kits to migrant citizens will also be recorded in the app.

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To ensure that there is no data duplication, the unique mobile number will be made the basis. Another feature of this app is that it can work online as well as offline.

Apart from this, data of people from rural and urban areas can also be separated in the app for effective decision making. Data collection will be done at decentralized level, such as shelter site, transit point, residence of the person.

The data collected through the app will be installed on the state-based Integrated Information Management System. (IANS)