On Sunday 21 June 2020, Students from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT’s) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM’s) along with other reputed organizations launched a helpline number and a pilot project to support labor and workers to find work who lost their job during the lockdown and coronavirus pandemic.
The Bureaucrat Durga Shakti Nagpal along with the Deputy Commissioner of Delhi Abhishek Singh is supporting students in their efforts. Students For Involved Governance and Mutual Action (SFIGM) created by IIT and IIM students are being supported and appreciated by Delhi Deputy Commissioner.
The Deputy Commissioner during the launch of the helpline number and the pilot project said that the no. — 8800883323 — EKATRA was conceptualized by the students to assist the hiring of the untrained, semi-skilled, and experienced workers across Delhi-NCR.
The helpline will be operational everyday between 10 AM to 7 PM. The volunteers associated with the project will take the calls from the potential employers and workers and follow up on the requirements. The lockdown amid coronavirus outbreak has left a serious impact on the economy as well on the jobs. The helpline number and the pilot project is an endeavor by the students to help migrant workers to find jobs and run their livelihood.
India experienced a mass departure of workers during the lockdown due to abrupt unemployment. Heretofore India’s pastoral frugality is not prepared for this scale of labor absorption, millions of laborers will have to move back to towns for earning a livelihood.
The launch brought up a message that we need to bring into the world a mechanism to assist natives and migrant workers find jobs conveniently. The initiative will moreover unravel the dilemma of worker scarcity in many businesses. SFIGM aims at facilitating the employment search procedure for the workers working in the informal sector.
The students who launched the pilot project while exposing the mechanism said that the workers and employers will reach out to us through the helpline number. Their team will be making a database to help match employee’s requirements with suitably skilled workers. The project objective is to build a tech platform that can later act as a matchmaker between the employers and workers.
The lockdown amid coronavirus pandemic witnesses the mass departure of unemployed workers due to the shutdown of businesses and factories. The laborers and workers returned to their native towns on foot or on whatever transportation they found. The mass departure has now developed the situation of scarcity of workers in the factories and businesses. The SFIGM project initiated by IIT and IIM students aims at resolving the crisis of unemployment and scarcity of labor in Delhi.