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Focus: GS-II Social Justice, Prelims

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With the aim of making the best of our skilled workforce returning to the country due to the ongoing pandemic, the Government of India has launched a new initiative SWADES.

SWADES initiative

  • SWADES (Skilled Workers Arrival Database for Employment Support) is implemented to conduct a skill mapping exercise of the returning citizens under the Vande Bharat Mission.
  • SWADES is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, the Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • SWADES aims to create a database of qualified citizens based on their skillsets and experience to tap into and fulfil demand of Indian and foreign companies.
  • The collected information will be shared with the companies for suitable placement opportunities in the country.
  • MSDE’s (Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship) implementation arm National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) is supporting the implementation of the project.

SWADES Skills Card

  • The returning citizens are required to fill up an online SWADES Skills Card.
  • SWADES Skills Card will facilitate a strategic framework to provide the returning citizens with suitable employment opportunities through discussions with key stakeholders including State Governments, Industry Associations and Employers.
  • The data collected through SWADES Skill Card will help the citizens with job prospects and bridge the demand-supply gap.

Why is the SWADES initiative necessary?

  • A lot of our overseas workers returning to India due to job losses, possess international skill sets and experience which can be of great value for domestic and international markets.
  • The initiative will help in deployment of returning Indian workforce matching their skill sets.

March 2024