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The center marks the process to build a database on tribal migrants; Goa will be a testing ground for data collection | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Center completed the process to create a tribal migrant database on Friday with the launch of the “Shram Shakti national migration support portal.” Goa will lead the field test on data collection through its new migration cell which will now set the framework for registering migrants entering by road and rail to work in the state’s hospitality, construction and fishing sectors.
In addition to Goa, Maharashtra, Odisha, Gujarat, Telangana, and Sikkim are states where Tribal Research Institutes, in collaboration with state authorities, are also working on processes to collect migrant data and contribute to the central tribal data repository.
Data collected at the state level will be uploaded to the central portal created by the tribal affairs ministry and made available for analysis at central ministries and states. In the context of the challenges migrants face during the pandemic, this is the first time that MoTA is working to collect centrally state-level data on tribal migrants to not only know their numbers but also link them to schemes. The data collection process will go down to the village level and MoTA is trying to reach out to all states to join in this exercise.
Goa is considered a destination state for migrants from the dominant tribal states. It is estimated that 4-5 lakh migrants arrive in Goa every year from the states of Odisha, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, UP and Karnataka.
The Goa Migrant Workers Cell (GMWC) will be led by the state secretary of labor as president and has been tasked with collecting demographic details, skills, access to welfare plans and migration patterns of all who will register. The creation of a migration facilitation center is also proposed to link migrants and their families with various government schemes.
Goa’s Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said the cell would address the multiple needs of migrants ranging from legal support, access to healthcare, insurance and financial inclusion.
Launching the portal, tribal affairs minister Arjun Munda cited the exodus of migrants after the shutdown to highlight the importance of a database to link the workforce to schemes and assistance. Munda also launched the tribal training module, Shram Saathi, to ensure that the livelihood migration process is safe and productive.

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