Officials asked to address labour shortage

IMPHAL, 24th Jun: Labour & Employment minister Dr Thokchom Radheshyam on Wednesday instructed officials concerned to create a task force for resolving the problem of labour shortage in the state due to Coronavirus pandemic.
The minister gave the instruction during a meeting held at SSA Babupara conference hall with the officials of the Department of Labour, Employment and Manipur Society for Skill Development to discuss feasible ways for filling up the labour-gap in the state.
Addressing the officials in the meeting, the minister opined that once the task force is created, it shall collect data, analyse the labour gap and identify the trade/area to provide training so that the labour shortage is addressed timely.
The minister continued that because of the pandemic many migrant labourers have gone back to their respective native places creating a labour gap in the state. The migrant workers who were skilled, unskilled and semi-skilled labourers were engaged in the building and construction works and other sectors in the state.
He pointed out that there are certain sectors/areas where there are shortages of skilled or semi- skilled local labourers as such in the trade of painting, pipe fitting, and installation of tiles among others. He said that these gaps need to be filled up with the local labour force by providing them skill training so that shortage of labour problem can be solved.
While urging the officials to prioritise the trade and areas where the workforce will be highly required in the state, Radheshyam said that there are also a huge number of returnees who were working outside the state in different sectors.
Stressing that there is need to establish a database to identify the skilled or semi-skilled returnees, he hoped that the returnees (labourers) can be utilised to plug the labour gap. He also expressed that such initiatives at this critical juncture will not only provide an opportunity for self-reliance among the incoming returnees along with the existing local workforce, but also will imbibe a good sense of work culture in the society. In the meeting, the officials presented reports on the migrant labour and necessary steps that were taken up by the departments concerned.
The meeting was attended by Additional Chief Secretary (Labour & Employment) Letkhogin Haokip, Additional Secretary (Labour & Employment) Th Chitra, Manipur Society for Skill Development Mission Director Kh Diana Devi, Deputy Labour Commissioner K Bono Singh, officials concerned and the representatives of Building and other Construction Workers Federation and its associate unions.

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