‘Unnati’ portal to help 20 crore jobless find employment

The portal will connect blue-collar workers in need of jobs, with employers in their home states, who are in need of their services

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The National Institute for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), the Indian government’s policy think tank, is working on a portal, which will put 20 crore job-seeking workers in touch with employers who need their services. Aptly named ‘Unnati’, which means progress, the portal will help blue-collar workers find jobs in the very states that they hail from.

Of the approx. 50 million migrant workers in India, about 122 million were rendered jobless due to the lockdown. However, about 91 million have been able to start working again after restrictions were lifted in June, as per data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy.

The Unnati portal, as reported by ET, is expected to take care of worker migration, which caused many problems during the pandemic and the ensuring lockdown, forcing migrants to return to their home states for fear of dying of starvation.

Recently, an employment scheme was launched by the Government costing about Rs Rs 50,000 crore for the benefit of migrant workers who were forced to return to their hometowns when they lost their means of livelihood. The scheme aims to provide all migrant workers with an opportunity to put their skills to use and earn a livelihood within the next 125 days, without having to leave their states.

Some states, such as Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have already developed job portals to help the jobless workers in their respective states gain a means of livelihood.