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February 15, 2021 Monday 12:09:42 PM IST

TIFAC unveils two new initiatives of Technology

Two new initiatives of the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) - SAKSHAM and SEAWEEDS, were launched on the occasion of the 34th Foundation Day celebrations last week. SAKSHAM (Shramik Shakti Manch), a dynamic portal for jobs/ mapping the skills of Shramiks vis-à-vis requirements of MSMEs and other industries all across the country. The portal with the demand and supply data uses algorithm and Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, for geo spatial information on demand and availability of Shramiks, and also provides analysis on skill training programmes of Shramiks. The pilot portal originally initiated with two districts is now being launched as an all India portal.

The portal is now live and can be accessed at www.sakshamtifac.org. The data/information pertaining to the Shramiks and the industries (especially MSME) are being updated automatically through various WhatsApp and other links. Efforts are on to popularize these links among the Shramiks and MSMEs all across the country through various channels including social media. Discussions with various state Govts, MSME clusters, etc. are also ongoing.

As the industry contribution to the project, M/s. Sapio Analytics, Mumbai has agreed to give a complimentary license of business automation and accounting software to the MSMEs towards encouraging them to fill up their data and requirements on the portal on a first come first basis. The portal is expected to help both Shramiks and MSMEs to take advantage of technology in this era of economic revival. This would empower Sharamiks by projecting their candidature directly to the MSMEs & other employers and would also address aspects related to their skill proficiency levels. This would also eliminate the dependence of industry on the middlemen/labour contractor for their manpower requirements.

The MSME industries have been enlisted from Tamilnadu, Bihar, Maharashtra etc. The list is growing.

Key Features of SAKSHAM:
•           A dynamic job portal - opportunity for Shramiks and MSMEs
•           Facilitate creation of 10 lakh blue collar jobs
•           Direct connect between Shramiks and MSMEs, no middleman in between
•           Minimise migration of Shramiks – job opportunity in proximate MSMEs

SEAWEEDS

Out of the global seaweed production of ~ 32 million tons fresh weight valued around 12 billion US dollars. China produces ~57 %, Indonesia ~28% followed by South Korea, whereas India is having a mere share of ~0.01-0.02%. Despite several advantages, commercial seaweed cultivation has not been taken place in the country at an appropriate scale, as being practiced in South-East Asian countries.

By an estimate, if cultivation is done in ≈10 million hectares or 5% of the EEZ area of India, it can provide employment to ~ 50 million people; set up new seaweed industry; contribute to national GDP; ocean productivity; abates algal blooms, sequesters millions of tons CO2; Healthier ocean; bio-ethanol of 6.6 billion litres.

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