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                                             January:22, 2021

The Government has created a dedicated special “Migrant Cell” to resolve the problems of migrant labourers who come to Goa in search of work, thus becoming the first state to initiate such a step in the interest of the migrant labourers.  

The Chief  Minister  Dr.Pramod Sawant was speaking after launching National Migrant Support  Portal at a function held at the official residence of Chief Minister at Altinho today on webinar.

The Chief Minister said he is very much happy to know that with the dedicated efforts of the Minister of  Ministry of Tribal Affairs the portal which is launched today is a major historical  move of the Central Government in the interest of migrant workers.     

The Chief Minister said Goa receives migrant labourers from states like Karnataka, Panjab, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand, and from other States as well. These migrant labourers get engaged in three major sectors like Hospitality, Construction and Fishery etc. Apart from tourists who come and go in forty lakhs of numbers, there are also lakhs of labourers presently in the State. But the Government doesn’t have proper data of these people due to which it becomes difficult to find their whereabouts and this also makes it difficult for the Government to provide support in times of their difficulties, Hence due to lack of support and coordination on this part Government cannot implement any structured programme for these migrant populations.

 The Chief Minister said creation of National Migrant Support Portal and its launching today would play an important role in collecting proper data, addressing, resolving not only problems but it will also help the Government to undertake welfare programmes in their interest.

Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Government of India, Shri Arjun Munda while addressing   lauded the efforts of Goa Government towards the welfare of tribal welfare. He recalled that during Covid Pandemic migrant people suffered due to lack of proper information, fear, while some lost their lives as well on their way to their native places. He said we have tremendous manpower which can be utilised for the Development of the nation.

Regarding starting of Eklavya School Shri Munda  assuring all support said that the tribal people need to get quality education, need to alleviate their living standard which should reflect their ways of life, traditions as well, he reiterated.  

The Minister for Tribal Welfare Shri Govind Gaude while speaking said that the launching of National Migrant support Portal is a historical step initiated by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs which indicates that the Government in reality shows its concern towards the welfare of Tribal people who move across the country in search of their livelihood.

He said the Government faced a problem of migrant people during the CoronaVirus pandemic. It was difficult to find the exact number of migrant people and to undertake welfare programmes. The fund provided is not sufficient which needs to increase. He also highlighted the pending issue of political reservation for ST which requires proper attention. Many efforts have been done not only on a political level but also by various NGOs working in this sector. He  appreciated and thanked the  central Minister for his endeavour to launch the National Migrant Support Portal in the interest of migrant tribal people.

The Minister for Labour & Employment Smt. Jenifer Monserrate in her address said that the establishment of a National Migrant Support Portal is an important step of the Central Government towards the welfare of migrant tribal populations who move across the country in search of livelihood. This portal she said will help to get the data as the migrant workers will be registered under it. It will also help in setting up a migration facilitation center. Extension of help, bridging the gap between Government and migrant workers and for implementing welfare programmes will be possible, she added.           

 Shri Navaljit Kapoor, Jt. Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs; Shri P.S. Reddy IAS, Secretary Tribal Affairs; Shri Sanjay Kumar IAS, Secretary Labour Welfare; Dr. Anjali Borade, Head Disha Foundation; Smt. Triveni Velip, Director of  the Department of Tribal Welfare were among those who attended the function.