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Jharkhand govt launches initiative to enable systemic registration of migrant workers

The Indian Express, India, 17 December 2021 - The Jharkhand government launched the Safe and Responsible Migration Initiative (SRMI) on Thursday to enable systemic registration of migrant workers for monitoring and analysis in the source as well as the destination districts. To begin with, the government will have two help desks—which will be known as ‘labour consulates’—in Ladakh Union Territory as well as in Kerala.

During the launch of the initiative, Jharkhand’s Chief Secretary, Sukhdeo Singh, said: “Human migration is a very complex topic. Our government is not against migrations. We also encourage it, if it is happening for good. But we saw a different side of this migration during the pandemic. SRMI aims to fill this gap.”

The launch was followed by two panel discussions which focussed on tracking women labourers who remain the most vulnerable, putting an end to the exploitative means, predicting distress migration and increased social security and welfare coverage for migrant workers.

Between March 27, 2020 to October 31, 2021, a total of 9.66 lakh workers have returned to Jharkhand. A migrant control room also runs in the state to cater to the problems of the labourers stuck in different states and to bring back dead bodies of the workers.

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Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/jharkhand-safe-and-responsible-migration-initiative-hemant-soren-7677318/

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