In a first of its kind move, the Government of India has come up with an online employment exchange platform to cater to senior citizens seeking job opportunities. This virtual platform launched by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment’s (MoSJ&E) is aptly called SACRED, short for Senior Able Citizens for Re-Employment in Dignity. The platform will be operational with effect from October 1, 2021.
The portal will be dedicated to people above 60 who are trying to find employment. All they need to do is, register on the portal giving details of their education, experience, skills and areas of experiences. The platform will offer full-time, part-time, freelance, and pro bono opportunities to senior citizens. It may also include retaining and re-skilling options as well.
The Ministry has clarified that the portal does not guarantee jobs, but only acts as an enabler for employment seekers. It is a platform where employers can post job roles or projects along with specifications.
The inter-ministerial committee had earlier allocated a budget of Rs 70 crores for the SACRED portal. Of this, Rs 10 crores was set aside to set up the exchange portal and the rest for maintenance and marketing.
With the number of senior citizens rising in the country, the platform is aimed to enable various stakeholders to come together to offer work opportunities to the elderly. The Ministry hopes that various industry associations including the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and the Association of Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (Assocham) will come forward to facilitate increasing employment opportunities for elders.
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