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NEW DELHI: Come October 1, senior citizens seeking work opportunities will be able to register themselves on a first-of-its-kind dedicated employment exchange portal for the elderly.
The ‘Senior Able Citizens for Re-Employment in Dignity (Sacred)’ portal, being steered by the ministry of social justice and empowerment (MoSJ&E), will enable “virtual matching” of employable elderly of 60 years and above with employers who come forward and register on the platform.
Social justice and empowerment secretary, R Subrahmanyam said the exchange is going to be an interactive platform on which stakeholders will meet each other virtually and decide on the course of action. To bring in employers, the minstry has also written to the CII, Ficci and Assocham and others to help bolster employment opportunities for the elderly.
Once the portal goes live, a senior citizen can register with inputs on education, experience, skills and areas of interest. The job providers will specify the task involved and the number of senior citizens required to complete it. It has been proposed that voluntary organisations be drawn-in to help senior citizens in applying for these jobs. The ministry has made it clear that the exchange does not guarantee any job.
This portal is being seen as the way forward against the backdrop of a steady rise in the population of elderly. The number of senior citizens has gone up from nearly 2 crore in 1951 to 7.6 crore in 2001 and about 10.4 crore in 2011.
As per the report of the technical group on population projections for India (2011-2036) submitted to National Commission on Population, the population estimates of senior citizens were 13.76 crore (10.1%) in 2021, which is predicted to rise to 16.28 crore (11.4%) by 2026 and go further up to 22.74 crore (14.9%) in 2036.
Moreover, data shows that a very large number of senior citizens are active, with the Longitudinal Ageing Study in In India (LASI Wave-1) report 2020 pitching this category at 50%. “Many senior citizens having experience, time and energy can be used by the business enterprises looking for stable employees with experience. The human resources cells of many private enterprises seek experienced but stable persons in certain positions. The portal allows bringing these people together by virtual matching of preferences,” Subrahmanyam added.

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