Inde: NDMA develops National Migrant Information System for movement monitoring and contact tracing | India News
In a letter sent to all chief secretaries on Saturday, home secretary Ajay Bhalla urged them to use the online portal NMIS for capturing the information on movement of migrants and for better inter-state coordination.
States can upload batch file of individual migrants’ data on the portal. As many states have already collected migrant data, this can be integrated through Application Programming Interface, Bhalla told the chief secretaries. The key data pertaining to the persons migrating has been standardised for uploading such as name, age, mobile no, aadhaar number, originating & destination district, persons accompanying, date of travel etc, which states are already collecting.
States/UTs, Ministry of Railways and other stakeholders would be able to access the portal for decision support.
By having all information relating to movement of migrants — each to whom will be allowed a unique ID to be used for all transactions — on a single online platform, states will be able to visualise how many people are going out from where and how many are reaching the destination states. The mobile numbers of people can be used for contact tracing and movement monitoring during Covid-19, said Bhalla.
The portal will enable the receiving state/district to ask for and give their acceptance in an online format seamlessly. This system will help in speedy communication between states without creating additional work at the level of the field officers. It has additional advantages like contact tracing, said the home secretary.
There are many issues involved in the movement of migrants including contact tracing, planning of trains, planning of quarantine facilities in destination states, planning of return when the migrants want to return etc. « So far, it is expected that about 3.5 lakh migrant workers have been moved in 350 trains. More such journeys are being planned. Further to provide facility of contact tracing, both individual particulars and spatial identifiers (origin, destination address) need to be captured. A ready database can be of help in planning such return Journeys in a systematic manner, » said the home secretary.
NMIS portal will have various dashboards such as public dashboard, logistic management, risk index, and quarantine alert etc which are being used by states for containment of spread of corona virus.
Listing the benefits of NMIS, the home ministry letter said that as the transportation levels of migrant workers increase, manual system will become difficult to implement and may lead to delays. On line centralised portal will give seamless connectivity.
NDMA central repository can be used to plan and also keep in touch with the migrants for giving them benefits by states (if any), or plan their return journeys.
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