Bengaluru: In a heartening development, the Kashi Vishwanath temple has come forward to employ migrants, thereby giving them the much-needed succour. 

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As per reports, the migrants will be employed under the Prime Minister’s pet project Kashi Vishwanath Corridor project. 

Reports add that the temple administration has decided to engage 1,000 migrant workers and even released phone numbers on which migrants can call to seek work at corridor.

It has also been decided that the Varanasi district administration will plan to launch a portal having details of migrant workers so that their skills that can be used by various government projects and private companies for their ongoing projects.

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How the idea was mooted: 

It was mooted by officials looking after the Kashi Vishwanath Dham (corridor) project when the firm entrusted the construction work raised demand for more labourers when work was re-started in lockdown 3.0.

A website quoted divisional commissioner Deepak Agarwal as saying: "The Gujarat based company that was awarded the contract for construction work in KV Dham project was facing crisis of labourers after most labourers had left for their native places when the lockdown began. When work was allowed, the company struggled to restart construction due to labour shortage and sent requirement of 790 labourers with different skills. Since, on government's orders, we had started skill-mapping of migrant labourers when they started arriving in large numbers and had collected all their personal details, skills and contact numbers, we had a ready database with us. It helped us in identifying 1,000 labourers, who can help the company handling KV Dham project to restart its work at an accelerated pace."

This move to help migrants will go a long way in mitigating their problems, especially during the ongoing Covid crisis which has resulted in unemployment and economic turmoil.