The government is ready to launch a trial version of single-window online platform for labour market information, Labour Market Information System (LMIS), through which employers will be able to access area-wise details of skilled workers across the country. The final version of the online platform will be launched in about two months, with the government also intending to finalise a catchy name for the scheme by then.
“LMIS is ready and will be launched anytime. We will first launch a beta-version and run it for two months to identify any possible errors and act on feedback/complaints, if any. We aim to launch the final alpha-version in July on World Skills Day, till then will find a name for the scheme that catches public’s imagination,” Rohit Nandan, secretary, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, said.
The online platform will be a one-stop window to know area-wise details for skilled workers under various sub-heads of name, father’s name, place, skills and caste. All skilled workers trained by government-run Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) and vocational institutes will be part of the registered database of the LMIS platform.
“LMIS completely provides information about the supply versus demand needs of labour market. All people, like job seekers or job providers can come together on the platform to access the information, which will be uploaded after the consent of the worker,” Nandan said.
“For instance, if you are looking for a plumber in Delhi, you need to search the keywords, locality, any specific type of plumbing requirement and you will be able to find the required details on LMIS platform,” he added.
The government had set up a National Steering Committee for formation of the LMIS. As opposed to developed countries, where the percentage of skilled workforce is between 60 per cent and 90 per cent of the total workforce, India has 5 per cent of workforce (20-24 years) with formal vocational skills.
Last year, on July 15, the government had launched National Skill Development Mission, with the aim to train a minimum of 300 million skilled people by the year 2022.