Students of Xavier Labour Relations Institute (XLRI-Xavier School of Management of Jamshedpur) and other colleges including Arka Jain University are working jointly with the city administration in various COVID-19 awareness projects to help in curbing the spread of pandemic in the city. A web-based system has been developed by the officials to maintain a record of people entering the district. The data is further communicated to the surveillance team which does a check-up of COVID at the person’s home and helps maintain the mandatory 14-day home quarantine. The portal is functional from the 1st of June which helps in integrated data capturing and reporting. All the information of the people coming from the check post situated across various entry points in the city is maintained using this integrated system. Data of every person including their name, age, address, phone number, city/district from which they are coming, and will be going, is stored.
Earlier Google sheets were used
Prior to this, the data entry was maintained using google sheets. The data entry model was not competent and the surveillance teams reported issues of missing or incorrect details. But the newly developed module helped in establishing the data flow. “The dashboard portal helps in keeping the digital record of the surveillance of the people who are quarantined or need to be quarantined in the district. XLRI collaborated with the district administration to monitor the integrated data”, says Mala Advani, an aspiration district fellow.
XLRI working along with District Collectorate
XLRI, professor Giridhar Ramchandra said, “We have made an integrated system web page to collect data of the surveillance which is very effective in knowing how many people are coming to district from the check post and we have trained people to use this dashboard to maintain the data flow. The system is also mobile-friendly. The data flows help in alerting the surveillance team about the arrival of a new people from other districts. The team is working in collaboration with the District Magistrate and Jamshedpur Collectorate in the fight against the COVID-19.”
“We have been working on the system and designing but the implementation was possible because of the help of the administration. We had released an advertisement via twitter for volunteering for the project and we have received around 100 interested candidates. XLRI marketing team also developed many awareness messages videos, stories. We have also made a play work in which all the instructions are given to be followed by people who are in quarantine”, he said. Teams are also working for skill mapping and employment prospects for the migrant workers, says Ramchandra.
Migrant labourers will be helped for jobs or skill development
Giving information about the project and explaining how it has helped the migrant labourers, one of the member of the project Mala Advani said, “We have categorized standard labour in three categories comprising skilled workers, unskilled and semi-skilled workers. Around 9,526 migrants standard labour are categorized out of which 65% labour is unskilled, while 18% are skilled labour including vendor, driver, mechanics, etc. Whereas, 16% of labour are semi-skilled who need training in a particular field.” They will be placing laborers for training based on their interest areas in skill training centers under government schemes like Pradhan Mantri Gramin Kaushal Vikas Yojana, skill development mission society, etc. The unskilled people will be given job cards under NREGA job cards yojana, she added.
Itisha Dwivedi, a student said, “I am basically taking care of scripting and campaigning, we are a team of three people who are looking at COVID-19 awareness campaign, campaign handling of COVID-19 awareness campaign.” They have also designed a max code through which we will creating awareness among the people about the social distancing norms, masks, and sanitization.