The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC), a think-tank under the Department of Science and Technology, launched a job portal for mapping the skills of workers as per requirements of MSMEs and a seaweed cultivation mission.
The job portal is called "Saksham" and will conduct skills mapping exercises of workers as per the requirements of MSMEs.
TIFAC said Saksham will help eliminate middlemen, labour contractors as well as help in identification of skill proficiency level and development of skill cards for 'shramiks' (workers).
"This initiative will facilitate placement of 10 lakh blue-collar jobs (pan-India), directly connect shramiks with MSMEs eliminating middlemen/labour contractors, identification of skill proficiency level and development of skill cards for shramiks. This portal will reduce the hardship of shramiks in finding jobs in nearby MSMEs," DST said.
It is expected to help labourers, who were compelled to return to their native lands due to pandemic, to find work.
By an estimate, if seaweed cultivation is done in 10 million hectares or 5% of the Exclusive Economic Zone area of India, it can provide employment to 50 million people, the DST said.
TIFAC will demonstrate a model along with other in-line ministries for commercial farming of seaweeds and its processing for value addition towards boosting the economy, the DST added.
The initiatives were launched on TIFAC's 34th Foundation Day.