India, Sept. 17 -- Nearly 1.5 crore labourers, employed in about 6.5 lakh commercial establishments and 20,500 factories and workshops in Uttar Pradesh, could soon get to undertake religious trips, funded by the state government.

The scheme is likely to be announced by chief minister Yogi Adityanath on November 10, the birth anniversary of Dattopant Thengadi, RSS ideologue who founded the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), a trade union organization, which acts as a pressure group to enforce pro-labour policies.

UP's labour welfare board chairman Sunil Bharala confirmed the plan and said the scheme - to be named after Swami Vivekananda would be the first of its kind - is aimed at ensuring that labourers not only get time off from their dail...