Panaji: In a move that would effectively help in the smooth formulation of state and national-level programme for migrant workers, the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) launched ‘ShramShakti,’ a National Migration Support Portal in Goa.
The Chief Minister Pramod Sawant launched the dedicated Migration Cell in Goa to facilitate and support migrants, who come from different states.
The Union Minister of Tribal Affairs, Arjun Munda inaugurated a tribal museum in the state and released ShramSaathi, a training manual for the migrant workers.
The function was held at the Chief Minister’s residence at Altinho on Thursday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Union Minister mentioned that lack of real time data of migrants was the biggest challenge for the state and national governments in formulating effective strategies and policy decisions for welfare of migrant workers at both source and destination states.
“Migrants all over the country had to face problems after the lockdown was announced due to the pandemic caused by coronavirus. The migration of tribal population is distress-driven and the migrants are exposed to difficult and unsafe conditions. Sometimes they face trafficking or wage harassment issues, including many occupational hazards at the workplace,” he said.
Munda explained that the tribal migration repository, ShramShakti would be successfully able to address the data gap and empower migrant workers who generally migrate in search of employment and income generation.
It would also help the government in linking the migrant population with existing welfare schemes – under AtmaNirbhar Bharat; various data that will be recorded via ShramShakti include demographic profile, livelihood options, skill mapping and migration pattern.
“Tribal migrant workers often have low awareness about their rights and entitlements and ways to access services and social security in source and destination areas,” he said.
Munda also stated that after training via this module, tribal migrant workers will be able to demand and access services, rights and entitlements related to livelihood and social security at their village before migration, as well after migration at destination towns and cities.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said that Goa is going to be first destination state of India to set up dedicated migration cell to address diverse issues of migrant workers.
“The cell would address multiple needs of migrants – legal support, skill development, job linkages, access to public services, health, insurance, financial inclusion,” he added.