Teen entrepreneur Akshat Mittal has built a Linkedin like App called Bharat Shramik for Migrant Workers that will help them find work as the pandemic induced lockdown is rendering most of them without any source of livelihood.
It is not a hidden fact that the nationwide lockdown has left millions of daily wage workers and Migrant labourers out of jobs. In the last few months, we have seen millions of workers covering long distances on foot to reach their hometowns. It is estimated that the lockdown has left approximately 139 Million of the Migrant population stuck in their hometowns. With factories and workplaces shut down, uncertainties prevail about their future. But 17-year-old teen social entrepreneur Akshat Mittal knew he had to put his foot forward and that is when he conceptualized the idea of ‘Bharat Shramik’.
About the App
The 17-year-old from Noida has developed an App and a website to connect the unemployed migrant workers to employers that might be willing to hire them. Called the ‘Bharat Shramik’, the app seeks to act as a LinkedIn for migrant workers and potential employers. Bharat Shramik uses matchmaking technology to find jobs for blue-collar workers. Finding employees according to their locations and helping get their lives back to normal. On the website, the workers will have to add their pin code to choose their preferred work location and some other contact details.
A helpline for the workers who can’t use the App
Keeping in mind the limitation to smartphone and internet usage, a helpline number has also been set up for the workers. Any worker can dial up the helpline, select their language and enter details like their service expertise, and the pin code of the areas they prefer working. The details are then transferred to the national database wherein the employers can select a suitable candidate. In only two months, more than 38,000 migrant workers and more than 650 employers have registered on the Bharat Shramik App.
Bharat Shramik is not the first social problem-solving experience for Akshat. Back in 2013, he launched the much-talked-about odd-even.com website when Delhi faced the air-pollution crisis. The website allowed visitors to connect with odd or even vehicle owners in the vicinity. He was only 13-years old back then. “I learned just enough of the programming language and coding to create a website, which is all you require,” said Akshat. Odd Even.com gained a lot of media attention and was subsequently acquired by Orahi.”, says Akshat.
Akshat’s early introduction to Changemaking
When Akshat was in his 8th grade, he attended The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE) workshop on business plan development where he realised his passion for entrepreneurship. In 2013 when the Delhi government launched the odd-even rule for vehicles, he created odd-even.com so that commuters could carpool. Further, in 2016, he got selected for the Ashoka Youth Venture Programme, a pioneer in finding youth change-makers and teen social entrepreneurs from across the country. Akshat credits a lot of his learnings to his father who is an entrepreneur himself.
Given his previous experience in change-making, Akshat knew how to pull strings and create awareness when he launched the Bharat Shramik App. He reached out to Media Houses and partnered with on-ground relief groups that allowed him to reach out to the thousands of jobless workers. Akshat’s young team of volunteers are now reinventing a few plans for the future. “We are working on the second version of the website and the upgraded version will be out very soon. We are not monetising the app yet, but we are planning to launch a premium model for Employers where employers can pay us some sort of a fee and avail some exclusive services from our end. It would be helpful for employers to hire multiple workers throughout the year. We are still working on the model.” concludes Akshat.