The outdated employment exchanges have now been revamped into a national portal for job seekers that would provide career counseling as well as notify vacancies for jobs, internships and apprenticeship and skilling courses across the country.
The National Career Service portal, which is part of the labour ministry’s efforts to revamp employment exchanges, will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 20 when he inaugurates the Indian Labour Conference (ILC).
The facility, which is part of the government’s focus on skilling and employment generation, is on the lines of a similar service provided by the UK government and aims to create a direct market place for workers and employers. Apart from job seekers and students seeking career counselling, the portal would be accessed by employers from the government sector, private companies as well as public sector firms, along with indirect employers such as staffing agencies as well as skilling institutes and trainers.
The Indian Staffing Federation, which provides flexi or temporary workers would be partnering the government in the exercise. There are about 982 employment exchanges in India and, in the first phase, the government has planned to modernise and transform 100 of these.
Additionally, the Prime Minister, who will address the ILC, will also announce new facilities of the Employees’ State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) including coverage of construction site workers to provide them with benefits of complete medical care as well as a range of cash benefits in times of exigencies of employment injury, death, disablement, maternity and unemployment. At present, workers in the construction industry, which is the second largest employer in the country are considered part of the unorganised sector and do not come under the purview of the scheme.
The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation too has been working to bring construction workers under the ambit of social security but the migratory and contract nature of their work is a big challenge.
Meanwhile, the PM will also launch a 24×7 helpline of the ESIC to attend to the calls of members of the scheme.
The two-day ILC will be the first such event under the NDA government and will bring together government officials, trade union leaders and employer representatives to discuss a number of issues.