Odisha: A group of professionals, including professors, students, and industrial leaders has come up with a mobile and web platform that would help the migrant workers find and get back to work immediately. The COVID 19 pandemic and Cyclone Amphan have caused a lot of difficulties to the people of Odisha. About 45 lakhs of people were affected due to the cyclonic storm. Moved by the terrible situation of migrant workers, the cross-platform application ‘MoSahay’ was developed.
#MoSahay app is a social initiative by IITians and others MoSahay can bridge the gap between demand and supply, while mitigating the health risks. We request all our friends to help our migrant brothers and sisters to reclaim their livelihood anddivinity https://t.co/d5UtXhGNj9— AIEBA BBSR (@aieba_bbsr) June 8, 2020
“Most companies now acutely require workers, and migrants desperately need their livelihood back. MoSahay can bridge the gap,” said Himanshu Sahu, who works with IBM. The application captures two pieces of information of migrant workers — their skills and their COVID 19 immunity status along with basic health information. It does not ask for personal information. The skill card captures 308 skills demanded across 24 industries. The information will be handed over to the government and other industries that are in need of the workforce.
Debi Prasad Dogra, an assistant professor of computer science at IIT-Bhubaneswar, said, “We stumbled upon the idea when we came across news about migrant workers laboring hard to return to Odisha in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in March … we thought what would they earn if they overstayed in their villages.”
The team is advised by Bijay Sahoo, the president of Reliance Industries Limited, comprising IIT professor Manoranjan Satpathy, entrepreneur Suraj Kumar Gantayat, some other professionals and about 30 students from IIT and other universities. “Students and entrepreneurs like Mr. Gantayat came together to form the backend team and played a key role in developing the application. I worked on the analytics part … The application is available in three languages – English, Hindi and Odia,” said Dogra was quoted as saying to The Hindu.
“We have collaborated with industry bodies like CII and FICCI, which have an extra reach in the industries as well as the government sectors. They can benefit from the database.”