Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh cabinet on Friday put its stamp of approval on the unemployment allowance which the Samajwadi Party had promised.

The move is likely to benefit over nine lakh unemployed but cost the state Rs.1,113 crore in the current financial year alone.

The labour department has already drafted the rules for the allowance. Class X has been set as the basic minimum qualification for a person in UP to be eligible for the allowance.

Under the scheme, each unemployed youth will get Rs.1,000 a month and this will be paid on a quarterly basis, a government official told. The cabinet has also approved the terms, conditions and eligibility criterion for the unemployed allowance which is for those in the age of 30-40 and who are still unemployed.

 The beneficiaries should also be registered in the employment exchange, should be a resident of Uttar Pradesh and should be residing in the state. The cabinet also decided that such a person who gets the sop should not have family income exceeding Rs.36,000 per annum. His combined family income (including that of father-mother and in-laws) should not exceed Rs.1.5 lakh rupees per annum.

 At district level, employment officials under the district magistrates would be responsible for rolling out the funds. The moment the unemployed beneficiary gets a job, the allowance will be stopped. To avoid misuse, the cabinet has directed district magistrates and other officials to randomly check the affidavits of the unemployed, a government spokesman said.


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