In consortium with the Transforming Rural India Foundation (TRIF) and grant-in-aid from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), PCI India setup Migrant Workers Resource Cell within Department of Rural Development (DoRD), Government of Uttar Pradesh (GoUP) in June 2020. The objective of Migrant Cell was to support in-migrants and SHG members to access various welfare entitlements to mitigate the adverse financial impact of COVID 19 pandemic. Key outcomes of the work undertaken by Migrant Cell are ~3 million return migrants linked to locally available employment opportunities through various Government schemes such as MGNREGA, PDS, GKRA etc. Development of a ‘skill inventory’ by connecting ~1.5 million unskilled returning migrants to various local skilling centers under Uttar Pradesh Skill Development Mission (UPSDM), PMKVY, DDU-GKY, RSETI etc. Creating models and supporting roll-out such that it impacts at least 50,000 SHG members and helping them in creation of livelihood assets under GKRA and Atmanirbhar UP Rojgar Abhiyaan. Increase in rate of women participation under MGNREGA in Uttar Pradesh. Etc.
With the changed scenario when the pandemic condition was normalized and most of the in-migrants started returning to their original places of work in Jan 2022 it was decided by GoUP that the Migrant Cell be renamed as Technical Support Unit (TSU) in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) cell of DoRD with new objectives to support.
TSU through an embedded team designed and developed a strong digital solution towards enhancing the rate of women participation in MGNREGS by providing an inter-departmental web console for UPSRLM and MGNREGS State Team for selection and onboarding of Mahila Mate – women semi-skilled supervisors to be deployed at MGNREGS worksites in the state. The team developed an android based App – UP SAMAGRA – to be used by Mahila Mate to mark their and workers attendance, update their payment details, raise grievances etc.
TSU also provided digital and analytical support to DoRD for ensuring that the state provided 100 days of employment under MGNREGs to maximum job card holders. Analytical reports were prepared by analyzing trends of last few years and MIS reports to effectively monitor and track the number of employment days of the households identified in the reference year. This tool enables officials to track and ensure that these households complete a total of 100 days along with details of District/Block and Gram Panchayat.