New portal to help returning Indian expats without jobs find work

Indian expats returning home from the UAE and other foreign countries during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic can register at a new government website that offers companies a pool of skilled workers.

SWADES (Skilled Workers Arrival Database for Employment Support) is a skill-mapping project under the Vande Bharat Mission for citizens returning to India. It is a joint initiative by various Indian ministries to create a database of qualified citizens to tap their skill sets and experience and fulfil the demands of Indian and foreign companies.

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said: “When we began Vande Bharat Mission, we observed that a lot of overseas workers returning due to job losses possess skill sets and experience which can be of great value for domestic and international markets. We reached out to MSDE to create an online portal for creating database of these workers.”

The returning citizens are required to fill up an online SWADES Skills Card that will facilitate a strategic framework to provide them with suitable employment chances.

The Airport Authority of India and private airports have put up banners and digital signages.

Various missions in the UAE are working with the Indian government to increase the number of repatriation flights.  India has announced 44 more repatriation flights from the UAE to the state of Kerala and one to the state of Odisha that will operate from June 19 to 30.




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