Ever since the outburst of Coronavirus pandemic has spread the life of people has turned miserable for them living. On 25th March when Government announced a complete lockdown to contain the spread of the virus, difficulties arise for the migrant workers who were working outside their state.
Now that many migrant workers are back to their home, but life is not the same as now they are even facing more difficulties for their daily livelihood. Around 7 Lakh people have returned to Odisha due to the extended lockdown by the Government.
Earlier, the State Government claimed to start a skill mapping of migrant workers who return to the state but no such public details were announced. Even with unemployment schemes like Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) which was meant for the unskilled labourers, many workers have started returning for their original form of work.
Under (MGNREGS) the Government had planned to create 20 crore Man days by harvesting 1.3 Lakh ponds. This will help to provide a livelihood to the suffering migrant workers. But the Government, unfortunately, failed to support them and provide them with employment as per their announcement.
Even various questions were raised for the future development of this migrant worker but the government keeps numb on these issues. There is no such agency till now who will be reliable for the skill mapping of the migrant workers.
Even there is no such arrangement to know how many of the returnees are skilled, semi-skilled, and unskilled. There were a large number of migrant workers who returned to the state but the Government has not set up any institutional mechanism to put it to policy decisions.
States like Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh have already started working on migrant workers who returned to their state. They are trying their best to provide proper arrangements and adequate jobs according to their capabilities to the lost ones. Chhattisgarh has successfully done a skill mapping process of the returnees.
According to the Labour Commissioner N Thirumala Naik, the skill mapping process had already started. Even the State Government will soon launch a web portal informing the details about the workers and their skills. This will make it easier for the industries while employing workers in preference to their requirements.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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