Website launched for skill mapping of returnees

STAFF REPORTER/DIPR
IMPHAL, 4th Jul: Labour and employment minister Dr Th Radheshyam on Saturday launched a website to conduct skill mapping exercise of citizens of the state, who have returned back to the state after giving up their jobs due to Covid-19 pandemic.
While launching the website www.mssd.in, Radheshyam said that Manipur Society for Skill Development (MSSD) is conducting the exercise under the department of labour & employment with the objective to create a database of state returnees based on their skillsets and experience to tap into and fulfil demand of private companies of the state and the country.
As per data of category wise returnees available with the government, the returnees were employed in different sectors such as restaurants/hotels, private companies, retail, healthcare, salon/parlours, BPOS, airlines, private banks among others. The returnees are required to fill up an online skill data registration form by visiting the website which will also collect personal information like full name, contact number, work sector, work experience, and so on. The data shall be made available to stakeholders concerned such as government departments, empanelled training providers/ RPL facilitators, private establishments through a formal application to MSSD. The above collected skill data will also facilitate government policy making through discussions with key stakeholders.
The citizens can contact MSSD for any queries related to the form, the minister said.
Radheshyam further said that it is a crucial time for the state given the challenges posed by the economic disruption caused by the pandemic. Labour and employment department is trying every effort to address the challenges faced by migrant workers both due to migration and reverse migration, and to bridge the demand-supply gap. He also said that the government is committed to provide every possible support to the returnees and the challenges they are facing due to job losses.
Meanwhile, MSSD has also issued an official notification informing that returnees can now register their skill data by visiting the web portal www.mssd.in.
Upon checking the website, The People’s Chronicle found that the form provided in the website has an exhaustive list of sector in which one might have worked providing opportunities to persons with a wide variety of skill sets. However, there is no option to choose under the header ‘return plan’ for those who have already returned to the state. The section provides only five options – after 1 month, after 2 months, after 3 months, after 6 months, and no plan yet. Mention maybe made that on June 24, a review meeting chaired by the Minister was held to discuss on feasible ways to fill up the labour gap in the state as result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meeting the minister emphasized that a database needs to be created so that the skilled or semi-skilled and unskilled returnees are identified.
Replying to a query from the media persons regarding the current scenario in education sector due to COVID – 19, Radheshyam who is also Education minister assured that the career and future of the students cannot be compromised. He stressed that considerations are underway for relaxation of the required paperwork/document in the transfer process for students to the educational institutions of state from other states. While appreciating the contributions of private schools in the state, the Minister appealed to furnish the information sought by the government to enable in solving the problems.
As per Right to Education Act (RTE), no student up to the standard of VIII can be detained or failed whether examination is conducted or not and that all the students must be promoted, he informed while, appealing not to bind young children of classes up to Standard V in the online classes as the devices are addictive and harmful to the minor children.
The launching of the website was attended by the Additional Chief Secretary Labour & Employment, Letkhogin Haokip, Additional Secretary Labour & Employment Th Chitra, MSSD Mission Director Kh Diana Devi and officials concerned.


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