Unemployment will be one of the biggest political economy challenges in the upcoming days in India. The government has restricted different kinds of economic activities while trying to hold the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, in just 40 days, over 69 lakh individuals have registered on the government jobs portal launched by the Prime Minister on July 11. In just a week, between August 14 and August 21, more than 7 lakh people registered. However, only the number of people who got jobs is just a fraction of those who registered themselves.
According to the data on the ASEEM (Aatmanirbhar Skilled Employee Employer Mapping) portal’s (by the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship), of the 69 lakh migratory workers who registered, 1.49 lakh were offered jobs, but only 7,700 could join work and only 2% of the 3.7 lakh candidates have really got jobs.
Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, “Our expert youth will have the ability to play an essential position in accelerating the event journey of India. To speed up self-reliance and Skill India Mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to attach the youth within the nation with new employment alternatives, our ASEEM portal will certainly give impetus to our steady efforts to bridge provide and demand available in the market. Our expert workforce will guarantee elevated productiveness and higher outcomes for our industries”.
The report stated that not only have migrant workers registered, but also self-employed tailors, electricians, field-technicians, sewing machine operators and fitters featured in the list. States like Karnataka, Delhi, Haryana, Telangana and Tamil Nadu have been said to be facing a shortage of workers. However, the demand is high for the courier delivery executives, nurses, accounts executives, cleaners, and sales associates.
Mahendra Nath Pandey, Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship said, “Our skilled youth will be able to play an important role in accelerating the development journey of India. To accelerate self-reliance and Skill India Mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to connect the youth in the country with new employment opportunities, our ASEEM portal will surely give impetus to our continuous efforts to bridge supply and demand in the market. Our skilled workforce will ensure increased productivity and better outcomes for our industries.”
The number of registered people on the portal has increased by 11.98% – 61.67 to 69 lakh in the week ending August 21. As per the report, as many as 514 companies are registered on the portal, of which 443 have posted 2.92 lakh jobs, out of which 1.49 lakh have been offered to job seekers. The number of active companies on the job portal has marginally gone up to 443 from 419.
Under the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan, launched in 116 districts by the Prime Minister in June, only 5.4% of women have been looking for jobs.
The report goes on to say that logistics, healthcare, banking, financial services and insurance (BFSI), retail and construction are the top sectors, which offered about 73.4% of jobs on the portal site. As far as the supply side of trained/skilled workers is concerned, 42.3% of people registered seeking jobs are from top states—Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Delhi.