Centre launches online dashboard for monitoring movement of migrant workers

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The Centre has launched an online dashboard to monitor and facilitate the smooth movement of migrant workers and their contact-tracing during lockdown across the country.

National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) has developed an online Dashboard – National Migrant Information System (NMIS).

The online portal would maintain a central repository on migrant workers and help in speedy inter-state communication/co-ordination to facilitate their smooth movement to native places.

In a communication to all states and Union Territories, Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said the central government has already allowed the movement of migrant workers by buses and Shramik Special trains to enable them to travel to their native places.

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It has additional advantages like contact tracing, which may be useful in overall COVID-19 response work.

The key data pertaining to the persons migrating has been standardized for uploading such as name, age, mobile no., originating and destination district, date of travel etc., which states are already collecting.

States will be able to visualize how many people are going out from where and how many are reaching destination States. The mobile numbers of people can be used for contact tracing and movement monitoring during COVID-19.

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