New Delhi, July 24, 2020.
NITI Aayog is developing a portal that will connect 200 million blue-collar and grey-collar workers with job providers in line with the Prime Minister’s vision to provide them with a means of livelihood in their home states.
The move was triggered by the extreme distress faced by millions of workers who returned to their home states after the two-month nationwide lockdown was imposed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
NITI Aayog is developing seven technology products for the post-Covid-19 era.
Of these seven, presentations have been made to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Unnati, which is a job portal, and the Swasth app, which will provide the best healthcare facilities via a telemedicine platform.
There are an estimated 50 million migrant workers in the country. The Centre for Monitoring Indian economy had said 122 million workers lost their jobs in April, of which 91 million have resumed working since the easing of curbs started on June 1.
The Unnati platform is being developed with Technology Commonson in a public-private collaboration model. The government will act as a trustee and fiduciary of personal data as it develops the portal and authorise its operations. Besides, it will ensure safety of data, which will not be accessible to third parties unless specifically authorised.