Ranchi, May 13: Jharkhand labour department delegation led by secretary Pravin Toppo, visited Kerala to meet their counterparts in that state and discuss inter-state mechanisms as part of Safe and Responsible Migration Initiative (SRMI).
SRMI was launched by the Chief Minister of Jharkhand on 16th of December, 2021 to demonstrate evidence-based and data-driven robust policy action focused on migrant workers of Jharkhand.
Officials from both Jharkhand and Kerala discussed best practices related to securing welfare of migrant workers during and after Covid pandemic, and developing a better understanding amongst origin states and destination states to establish a framework for social welfare of migrant workers.
The delegates from Government of Jharkhand shared the need of having a robust coordination mechanism between source and destination states via setting up of a “Workers Consulate” to ensure safe migration practices.
This coordination will help both the states in maintaining a joint database of the workers from Jharkhand working in Kerala to ensure availability and accessibility of social security benefits as per the provisions of the Government of Kerala and Central Government and provide regulatory coverage to workers ensuring their safety, dignity and social welfare at the destination state.
Mini Antony, principal secretary, labour, Kerala along with Anupama T.V, labour commissioner Kerala were present in the meeting.
Officials from the Government of Kerala appreciated the efforts of the Government of Jharkhand to drive a welfare centric approach to mitigate the migration crisis and its sustained approach towards mainstreaming migration. In the current context, the team members of SRMI are working closely with source districts, destination states and civil society organisations (CSOs) develop a data driven policy framework for safeguarding the welfare of migrant workers from Jharkhand.
The delegation visited Migrant Facilitation Centre (Shramik Bandhu Sewa Kendra) in Trivandrum and Perumbavoor run by the Department of Labour, Government of Kerala, tea estates in Munnar, and fish processing units in Ernakulam to interact with workers hailing from various districts of Jharkhand and understand their experience in Kerala and the challenges faced by them so as to design suitable institutional mechanisms to facilitate maximum support.
The delegation also visited Migrant Facilitation centres run by one of the consortium partners of SRMI, Center for Migration & Inclusive Development (CMID) to document best practices, understand the working of these centres and services offered by the centers.