The Panchayat and Rural Development (P&RD) department of the government of Assam has launched SAMPARKA (Software Application for Migrated Person to Assam for Rejuvenating Karma Abhiyan) with the view to create employment opportunities for the migrant workers who have returned to Assam. In order to do so, the government has initiated with maintaining records of the migrant workers returning to the state.
During the lockdown, around 3.41 lakh people have returned. It is on the basis of their age, skill and other parameters they will get employment. So far, about 17000 migrant workers are registered by SAMPARKA. The registered workers will be eligible for MGNREGA job cards and other facilities. The details of each returnee are verified minutely to avoid fraudulence. P&RD commissioner Hemen Das says “The Samparka has been designed and developed wherein the information of migrant workers is being recorded using various parameters. The parameters include the country and state from where they have come back, their skills, age and other related parameters.” He also informed that the zilla parishads and development blocks have been asked to locate these people and register their information through the online portal.
During COVID situation, the P&RD department has registered 8124 returnees in May, which is the highest number in a month, while in June the number has come down to around 4000. Moreover, the Assam Skill Development Mission (ASDM) has written to the Deputy Commissioners of all the districts of the state to provide the details of the migrant workers who have returned and are willing to undergo skill trainings, and for this purpose a portal will be introduced soon. “We will conduct a one- month long livelihood based training program ‘Sudkhya’ for them, focusing mainly on agriculture and horticulture,” says ASDM spokesperson Pinku Choudhury. The prime objective of the training would be to provide self employment to the skilled migrant workers, with the aim to connect them to schemes, he further added.