Skill mapping website launched

IMPHAL, Jul 4 (DIPR): Labour & Employment Minister Dr Thokchom Radheshyam today launched a website at his New Secretariat office cham-ber. He said that the website has been developed for online data collection of skills/work experiences of COVID – 19 returnees of the State.
The skill mapping exercise would be conducted by Manipur Society for Skill Development (MSSD) under the Department of Labour & Employment. The launching of the website was attended by Additional Chief Secretary, Labour & Employ- ment Letkhogin Haokip; Additional Secretary, Labour & Employment, Th Chitra; Mission Director, Manipur Society for Skill Development Kh Diana Devi and officials concerned.
The Minister said that it is a crucial time for the State as challenges are mounting due to COVID-19 pandemic. He stressed that the website would focus on skill mapping of citizens of Manipur who have returned to the State, after giving up their respective jobs, due to COVID-19 pandemic.
He added that as per  available data, the returnees were earlier employed in different sectors such as restaurants/hotels, private companies, retail outlets, health care, salon/parlours, BPOs, airlines, private banks etc.
He pointed out that the website would help in creating a database based on their skill sets and experience to tap and fulfil demand of private companies of the state and the country. He added that a Skill Data Proforma has been put up to be filled up by the returnees of the State so that the collected information can be shared with the concerned stakeholders such as State Government departments, empanelled training providers/ Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) facilitators etc.
Dr Th Radheshyam also appealed to the COVID – 19 returnees to fill up the online skill data registration form by visiting the website and register their skill data. He said that the collected skill data would also facilitate Government policy making through discussions with key stakeholders.
He said that the department has been making every effort to address the challenges faced by the migrant workers and bridge the demand-supply gap. He further said that the Government is committed to pro- vide every possible support to COVID-19 returnees of the State and address the challenges they are facing due to loss of jobs.
Mention may be made that a review meeting chair-ed by Th Radheshyam was held recently on June 24 to discuss feasible ways to fill up the labour gap in the State. He emphasized that a database needs to be created so that the skilled, semi skilled and unskilled returnees are identified.
Replying to a query from media persons regarding the current scenario in education sector due to COVID – 19, Dr  Thokchom Radheshyam who is also the Minister of Education, said that the career of students cannot be compromised.
He maintained that considerations are underway for relaxation of the required paper work/document in the transfer process of students to educational institutions of the State from other States. While appreciating the contributions of private school in the State, the Minister appealed private schools to furnish information sought by the Government. 
The Minister further stated that as per the Right to Education Act (RTE), no student upto VIII standard can be detained or failed whether examination is conducted or not but all students must be promoted.  He also appealed not to bind the young children of classes upto Standard V in the online classes as the devices are addictive and harmful to the minor children.