Moved by the plight of daily labourers suffering from irregular and unavailability of jobs, two third-year engineering students based out of Kolkata- Chandrakant Tiwari and Nandan Kumar – have started a digitalized job platform that succeeded to register over 4000 workers and 2000 contractors during the Covid period. Just spare a few minutes to laud his initiative…
Chandrakant, 21, hails from a small village in Bihar and since childhood he has witnessed the difficulties that daily labourers have to go through due to lack of daily work, irregular payment and long waiting period at roadsides. “Most labourers manage work for 10 to 15 days in a month and there is no scope of getting compensation for injuries incurred during the job. There were many labourers in our neighbourhood and so could see their difficulties from close quarters. I have always cherished the desire to do something for them. While studying in the first year of my mechanical engineering course in 2018 I came up with the idea of a platform to provide jobs for daily labourers. After a lot of research and survey I started ‘Majdoor Mera Naam’ and it was registered in November 2019,” Chandrakant told Chalgenius
About ‘Majdoor Mera Naam’
Majdoor Mera Naam Pvt Ltd is an online labour providing platform through which work is provided to unstructured construction labourers. It operates in Bihta, Danapur and Patna while the corporate office is in Kolkata. There are two separate databases for labourers and contractors. “We contacted the labourers residing in the nearby villages of Bihta, Danapur and Patna. Forms were provided to them to fill in their names, addresses, areas of work (for eg building construction or road construction or others) and preferred job location. We suggest 5 to 10 preferred locations to them as people don’t prefer to travel long distances for work. Along with this there is an online registration facility on our website as well,” told Nandan, 22, to Chalgenius
“Similarly, we have a database for contractors. We coordinate between the contractors and workers and arrange jobs. Whenever, contractors inform us about the type of work and the number of labourers that are required, we supply the workers as per requirement,” said Chandrakant. Starting from 300 labourers, Majdoor Mera Naam currently has 5,000 labourers and over 2,000 enlisted contractors. The start-up stood first in TIE Kolkata last year and also got first rank in Bihar Yatra under Startup India.
It aims to provide daily work, at least 25 days in a month and follows the concept of daily work-daily pay system. The minimum wages should be at par with the Government of India guidelines but payments increase on the basis of the type of work.
Standing beside labourers during Covid
“The labourers were affected the most due to Covid. We tried to do whatever we could to support them at that time. During the pandemic period we enlisted over 4,000 labourers. As construction and building activities were stopped at that time we tried to arrange work for them in other areas. We tied up with Fortune Group and managed to engage our labourers in the various tasks like loading, packing and delivering groceries that were permitted at that time,” said Chandrakant adding that a small commission is charged from the consumers for arranging labours for them.
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